They have long been the preserve of retirees seeking to see the world after a lifetime of work. However, the average cruise passenger is changing. Chinese tourists are increasingly taking to the seas creating a need for new ships.
Maritime security firms are increasingly turning to India and other Asian countries to hire lower-paid security guards. For some armed forces veterans, it's a lucrative way to return to civilian life.
Survivors and their relatives were seeking multi-million damages against the French agency which certified the Estonia ferry seaworthy, and the German shipbuilder. Instead they were ordered to pay the companies' costs.
The sea cruise industry is booming, and yet protests are growing: Critics claim these floating hotel complexes not only pollute the environment, but also bring cities to the brink of collapse. Here's a fact check.
The Hanseatic city wants to be a trailblazer in developing tourism of the future. It's to be environmentally aware, as climate-neutral as possible and enable authentic travel experiences. But is it all just a nice idea?
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