Smooth Sailing! Cruise Passengers Demographics and Health Perceptions While Cruising the Eastern Caribbean.
David Mc.A Baker, Susan Stockton
Each year millions of people vacation aboard cruise ships, some carrying thousands of passengers and crew members. These ships are small, floating cities that offer many options for food and entertainment. However, just as in life ashore, cruise passengers can be exposed to dangerous situations involving food-borne illnesses and noroviruses. Cruise ship operators have the obligation to protect all passengers onboard, this paper examine passengers on an Eastern Caribbean cruise demographics and health perceptions. The results of this study show that the majority of the respondents were from the USA (62.4%) and Canada (11.2 %). A one-way ANOVA was used to test for preference differences among the four means for first time cruisers, second time cruisers, third time cruisers and more than 3 time cruisers. The results revealed significant differences between means among the groups with number of cruise traveler experience.
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