Damselfish Posted October 9, 2006 #1 Share Posted October 9, 2006 read this. I took it from another Cozumel related travel board. It was posted by Captain Ron who is a long time Cozumel local. It is on point regarding the cruise ship industry and particularly relevant in light of the greed and sleaziness of Carnival cruise lines. They (Carnival)refuses to pay back port fees owed to Cozumel and now do not want to pay the increased docking fees which are legitimate. You won't catch me dead on a cruise ever again. quoted from Captain Ron: "I objected to the demeaning of cruise passengers. I feel that just because these folks may not be as as adventurous as some of us, there is no reason to crack on them. On the other hand I totally agree with you about the greed of the cruise companies, their ill effect, on the island (in my opinion) and the way the local government has prostituted itself to get the cruise ship business (not to mention kick-backs galore). The wonderful ambiance of the pre-90's Cozumel is gone forever. When I first went to Carlos and Charlies, in the early 80's it was one of the most fun and unusual bars I had ever been to and now it's just a cruise stop, with way too many drunken kids. To be fair, a lot of locals will still be found there late at night, on the weekends. Yes the cruise ships have brought millions of dollars into the local economy, but the money is going into the hands of very, very few people. What used to be a quaint front street, with small locally owned businesses, restaurants and bars, is now just a row of jewelry stores, mostly owned by companies from NYC. If you travel around the Caribbean, these same stores have done the same thing to many other Caribbean locations. When you look at the front street, it seems filled with many competing stores, when the reality of it is that almost all of the stores are owned by the same company. The cruise lines have got to be the biggest legalized scam, in the world. Almost all are based in Florida, yet they pay no USA tax because they bribe some despot, in a dump like Liberia and register their ships there. What the local Cozumel government doesn't seem to get is that these companies will abandon the island (like after the hurricanes) the minute something better comes along. Wait till Cuba opens up...I think the island will loose a lot of ships. Another thing is that people are just now becoming aware of the amount of violence and sexual assaults that occur on these vessels, with the cruise companies trying to cover it up. I think that we have all seen, via the news media, that when problems, especially violent ones occur, the cruise ship companies not only do not want to help authorities catch the bad guys, but they clean up the crime scene, before arriving back in the States, so as to get iit swept under the table, as soon as possible and make it virtually iimpossible to solve the shipboard crimes." and here is another good piece of information most of you probably don't know: quote from RobertSDF "You wont find many who venture far away from the main shopping street on the waterfront. Much of this is because the ship personnel warn the passengers it could be dangerous---of course, they do this to keep the passengers in the shops that pay a kick back to the cruise director." Yes, all of those stores the ship sends you to and calls them "safe" are paying kick-backs to the ships. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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