Fewer cruise passengers getting off the ship

A survey commissioned by Canadian-based company Allianz Global Assistance has found an increasing number of cruise ships passengers, particularly those visiting the Caribbean, are opting to stay onboard the ship for virtually the entire cruise.

It found that while cruises are seen as one of the safest holidays, global security concerns could be having a trickle-down effect on the ports of call, with safety concerns being cited as the top reason for cruisers not disembarking.

“Caribbean ports used to be as quiet as the onboard library. Now, more than one-third of travellers say they would prefer to stay onboard the ship for most, if not all, of their cruise,” according to the online publication Travelweek, which published details of the study.

In addition, it said savvier and “a bit skittish” passengers were also bypassing cruise company-organized shore excursions which “have long been a lucrative revenue stream for cruise lines”, forcing the cruise liners to  “up their game, particularly in the Caribbean”.

The survey also found that some passengers were not interested in the destination, while others feared not returning to the ship on time.

It also revealed that close to one out of ten passengers did not want “to see their inclusive food and drink deals on the ship go to waste”; just over eight per cent stayed on the ship because they had not pre-booked a shore excursion, seven per cent said they had already visited the destination, and five per cent did not want to be out of touch – citing the lack of Internet/mobile connectivity in port for their desire to stay on the ship.

The article also made reference to the Cruise Jamaica initiative, which has the goal of increasing that country’s cruise ship calls, and new developments at the country’s cruise ports, hotels and attractions.

“Right now, Jamaica gets about seven per cent of the Caribbean’s cruise arrivals, but it wants 10 per cent. Last year, Jamaica saw 518 port calls and 1.6 million cruise passengers. Jamaica is projecting to achieve two million cruise passengers by the end of 2017,” said Travelweek.

According to Philip Rose, the Jamaica Tourist Board’s director in Canada, “all cruisers will find what they are looking for in Jamaica”, from thrill seekers to culinary enthusiasts to culture junkies.

“With more tours and attractions than any other Caribbean island, Jamaica offers something for all visitors,” he said.

Travelweek noted that mega cruise destinations such as Jamaica and the Bahamas “will also have to start looking over their shoulder at Cuba, even though the competition is barely a blip in the early days of Cuba opening up to American visitors.”

Source: (CMC)

11 Responses to Fewer cruise passengers getting off the ship

  1. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers May 10, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Cruise ship services should be unavailable once the ship docks and the destination is open for business. Increased cruise calls with passengers not disembarking the ship does nothing for the destination financially or non-financially.

    • Jenn Marshall
      Jenn Marshall May 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

      Which services?

    • Anson Sobers
      Anson Sobers May 11, 2017 at 12:05 am

      The amenities they enjoy I.e food casino etc which keeps them busy while sailing in that way they would more likely be getting off the ship.

      • Robbar May 11, 2017 at 2:36 am

        Actually , once a cruise ship docks , all on board shops, casino, photo shop are closed till the ship reaches international waters after it departs.
        The only items that remain open are its buffet , bar and main dining rooms. Expecting them not to feed passengers who have paid for that is not valid.
        Many passengers especially who visit the islands have done so prior so one can expect some to just relax on board. Others will visit family and friends onshore, others will take tours while a good number will go to the beach, its bars and restaurants. Some will of course go into town.
        In Barbados itself , it is a safe destination , has friendly people and its dock area has shoppes. We have cruised a lot and I am married to a Bajan so most of our access is flying in. One year we took a return Barbados cruise to most of the islands though we enjoy sightseeing the area , historical sights and people , one can only buy so many gifts for family to take back. Eating and drinking no issue. Recently we docked in Los Angles but as we had visited prior then we decided a relaxing day onboard with less people was a good idea. A port still gets monies for docking and for passengers and the larger ships will have a good number of new cruisers.. It is a marketing venture to encourage people to venture into port .. Islands need to be more aggressive in what they offer to get that passenger off the ship ,, Everybody has sun and sand but sadly some Islanders forget what a smile and service can do

  2. Joanne Watson May 11, 2017 at 4:43 am

    As a travel agent, I alway encourage my clients to book the shore excursions that the ship offers. If the tour is a bit late getting back, the ship will wait. As for not wanting to waste the all inclusive meals, oh dear, you might miss lunch. In the meantime you are enriching yourself in beautiful destinations. BWT, I am from Sydney Australia and have visited the Caribbean for the cricket in 2003. Also did a triathlon. A cruise is next on thTuesday
    Iist. ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Eddie dollar May 11, 2017 at 7:54 am

    How can you stop the amenities once the ship is docked. People go on tours and return at diffrent times. Some are veteren cruisers and many be only interested in a particular port. They are other that just like the onboard experience. Most Casinos are usually closed anyway.

    Pretty silly suggestion to stop the food.

  4. Tony Webster May 11, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    @Anson: tell Esther to pass a law….to force cruise ships to “toe the line”…right?

    You really should run for The House, and take up the post of Min. Tourism….you would surely make a big impact…like a train (sorry) ship-wreck. Your idea would fit very well into the current silly-season. Get real, please, Sir….whatever passes Barbados, will find another port of call, in the Caribbean, or Cuba.

    You don’t go making mock-sport with the F.C.C.A. (Florida Caribbean Cruise Association ) unless you looking for a bloody nose. Just ask P..M Keith MItchell when he wanted to up the Grenada per-passenger fee at their cruise terminal.

  5. Johnathan May 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    @Tony Webster you are the Mr. Know all on these blogs. You and your so called gang are the same ones who oppose casino gambling and they are staying on board to gamble. Why is Vegas always crowded…For some reason you and the rest seem to think Barabados is holier than thou so nothing happens and the perish under this visually impaired government.

  6. Penny May 11, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    We love to cruise, but these days we prefer to stay on the ship for all the reasons stated in this article. In Costa Rica, the taxi men were shoving each other aside and shouting for our business. It was not so much intimidating as it was simply distasteful. We turned around and headed back to the empty gym and sauna on board the ship. Nobody wants to ruin their precious vacation time with even a mildly unpleasant experience.

  7. Tony Webster May 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    @ Jonathan: please re-read the article; swing; and come again. You imply that I am off-base…but seem to infer either agreement with, or acceptance of Andon’s “solution”?? Hmmm…you could start, by checking @Penny’s personal experience/ statement. Oh dear! BTW, to be factual, all cruise ships docking here, close their casinos whilst in port/ Barbados waters, and display signs to this effect.

    We ain’t yet seen the “Cuban factor” rearing its head….but this just a matter of time.

    The first step in solving a problem, is realizing you have one.

  8. Kartiya Wiles May 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Make the Stop uniquely Bajan …..
    The main Tourist Organisation and Tourism Minister should have an Inquiry into WHY the Tourists are not coming ashore .
    Are the boats encouraging people to stay onboard ??
    No one wants hassles with Taxis etc .
    It would be a great shame if this source of Income was denied for the Bajan Economy .
    Good Luck !
    Ps . I’ll be flying from OZ but cruising the Carribean sounds great ! 🙂


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