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29 July 2013

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It is all very well for outsiders to judge the demerits of cruise ship excursions to small island communities.

How do the inhabitants view them?

Visitors could be made very unwelcome, if that is their wont, and struck off the itinerary of any visiting vessel.

There is another side to this. Local traditions and people being paraded as museum exhibits for the entertainment of fat rich white tourists. Traditional culture being debased, local economies being distorted. Dependency on the foreign dollars.

I invited my son on a cruise to PNG. He had lived and worked in the Caribbean for some years. He said, "No way. I've seen the effects of cruise ships on local people, and I want no part of it."

We didn't go.

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