But the repair business may be consolidating into fewer yards as well, as the builders are also looking to get into the repair and maintenance side of the business; as the ships are getting so big that fewer yards have the capability to drydock them; and as Homeland Security makes it more difficult for foreign subcontractors to work in the U.S. In addition, Princess Cruises is on a five-year drydocking schedule, and other cruise lines are considering following suit.
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The itinerary was attractive and it also afforded us a few days in as Civitavecchia is the homeport. The ports of call were Savona, Barcelona, Tunis, Palma de Mallorca, , Valletta, and Palermo.
“With 20,000 crewmembers and a turnover of some 4,000 a year, if you do not have training programs it would be very difficult to run as smooth an operation as we do.
Unfortunately, these are all things that can – and do – happen aboard cruise ships, and to the millions of passengers who set sail each year. So it comes as somewhat of a surprise that for the most part, travel agents say they receive very few complaints when their customers return home after a cruise. It could be that the passengers who do have a beef take it directly to the cruise lines, but by and large, cruising seems to leave people very satisfied.