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Some newspapers report that the restriction will apply to ships of over 55,000 tons whereas other newspapers state that the limitation will apply to ships over 100,000 tons.
This comes after complaints from environmental groups, protests from local residents, and warnings from UNESCO which has labeled the fragile city of Venice as at risk from deterioration by large ships as well as the millions of tourists which swarm into the popular city.
Cruise line cheerleaders, like Travel Pulse, published over-the-top self-laudatory articles like The Cruise Industry Is Winning at Environmental Performance.
Conspicuously absent from CLIA PR efforts is any mention of environmental problems caused by the cruise lines.
(Read my thoughts in Are Cruise Ships Ruining Venice Or Just Memories From My Youth?
He has built his political career by trying to undermine the EPA’s environmental protections and has even disputed the effects of climate change.
Carnival Corporation's CEO Arnold Donald, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago, and Royal Caribbean Cruises CEO Richard Fain all spoke glowingly to an audience of enthusiastic cruise attendees that the cruise lines were enjoying a booming business.
The most talked about statistic was that over 25 million passengers around the world will be welcomed on board cruise ships this year.
The cruise industry has always struggled with its environmental image.
Just two days ago, a British cruise ship smashed into a pristine and beautiful reef on Raja Ampat in Indonesia and then caused further damage when the captain insisted that tugs drag the cruise ship off the ancient reef.