Cruising 101 – Understanding The Law
Cruise ship travel can be a wonderful experience for many people. It provides a way for passengers to see the world and have fun at the same time. Cruising has become a favorite leisure activity for many people, because it allows passengers to experience a wide variety of things while on board. Cruise ships provide a great way to see America, sail to different exotic locations around the globe, visit different ports of call around the world, and enjoy the scenery. But cruises can also be expensive and not everyone can afford to take one. In this case, consider renting your own car for the duration of your cruise.
If you’ve ever seen a movie where a character drives a convertible and waves the Chip on the dashboard, that’s the sign of a true cruiser. A true cruiser doesn’t wave the Chip. Instead, they drive with an attitude. Cruise travel requires an attitude of your own. Thus, a successful cruise is defined by a confident cruising attitude-a sure sign of a laid back, casual lifestyle that is open to new and exciting experiences.
If cruisers would just take a little more pride in themselves, they could enjoy their vacation in peace and harmony. In fact, when it comes to cruising, one of the biggest irritations to most travelers is traffic. Some people blame cruise ship parking for this problem. However, it must be acknowledged that cruising facilities are just like any other public facility in town. They need to cater to the needs of both passengers and businesses. To this end, some parking lots have renovated to offer comfortable parking for longer periods of time while others have added features such as security cameras, electric gates, and trash receptacles.
Another common complaint about cruising is traffic congestion. This is not a new complaint, and it is not unique to cruising. Indeed, traffic congestion can be a big issue for travelers, and it is often exacerbated by the lack of parking available on some destinations. Fortunately, the advent of smart planning and innovation by cruise lines has led to the development of good parking lots and the construction of new, larger ships that will allow for greater traffic congestion.
One of the complaints about cruising is the “grindriness” associated with the cruise ship approach to advertising. The term grindriness is derived from the fact that most people do not like to see their logo displayed to the point where it begins to grate on their nerves. For instance, if you were at a sporting event watching an auto race and saw your favorite driver doing a slow burn out down the track, you might be annoyed by the sight of your logo being displayed for a few seconds. Most people find this annoying, and so it is that the logo is often placed so close to the edge of a plasma screen that many people find it difficult to see past it. This is where a chip like the Grinder comes in handy. It allows a cruise ship to advertise its services without having to use a sign that is so obvious.
Another complaint about cruising has to do with the visual impact the signage places on the driver. Many cities have nuisance ordinances that limit how far a vehicle can be from a street and restrict the size of the flag or other advertising displays a vehicle may have. Since cruise ships are so large, many of these laws become problematic. In one case, after a passenger complained about how a giant cruise ship in a city with a huge street racing reputation was being visible to passing traffic for 90% of the day, the city councilor changed the laws in the cruise ship’s contract, making it impossible for the ship to have a clear signature.
One complaint that is often made against one-off cruises is the price. Many people mistakenly believe that one-off cruises are significantly more expensive than regular cruises because they offer no express service and fewer amenities. While this may be true for some ships, in most cases, a one-off cruise ticket includes the same type of amenities as a regular cruise, with all the same great service and special features. This includes on-board dining, live entertainment, on-board casinos, on-board spas and more. In addition, some cruise lines offer additional special promotions at certain times, such as a special limited time offer, or a weekend trip for two.
All in all, cruisers must do their best to abide by all local, state and federal cruising ordinances. The laws can get rather complex and many cruisers fail to obey them and risk fines or jail time. However, if a cruise captain or agent does not follow the law, it really doesn’t matter because the courts will typically take care of their punishment. Many cities and towns don’t tolerate blatant violation of traffic congestion laws, and enforcement of these laws by police officers and local port of call vendors can result in significant fines. When cruising is done properly and within the law, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy every aspect of your holiday with complete peace of mind.
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