NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Global Cruise Activist Network (GCAN) yesterday announced its “Rethink Cruise Tourism” campaign to compel the cruise industry to shift its operating model to be more socially, economically and environmentally responsible before restarting the cruise sector following its COVID-19 hiatus.
During a virtual press conference, the group — which formed during the COVID-19 pandemic to demand that the cruise industry not return to business as usual — called on the cruise ship industry to implement safer and more effective policies.
As part of the campaign, GCAN released two videos — “RethinkBeforeRebook” and “RethinkBeforeReinfect” — along with a series of graphics and fact sheets to provide policymakers and would-be cruisers with a vision of what a transformed cruise industry could look like.
In September 2020, GCAN, whose membership includes cruise port residents, civil society organizations and labor & crime victim advocates, published its “Principles for Responsible Cruise Tourism”, which provides a roadmap for a transition to the socially and environmentally responsible future GCAN members want to see. The principles address a range of concerns ranging from the cruise industry’s negative impacts on local communities to labor, climate change, air pollution, water pollution, environment and biodiversity, public health and crime victims.