This research covers a number of different facets of the cruise industry, including:
-issues of crime, passenger safety, and the disappearance of passengers and crew members from cruise ships;
-health, illness and medical care onboard cruise ships;
-economic relationships between cruise ships/lines and local ports (with a view toward the unfair balance which gives the cruise ship greater benefits than ports);
-the environmental impact of cruise ships on local areas and the oceans generally;
-labour relations on cruise ships and the exploitation of workers; and
-cruise ship accidents at sea such as collisions, groundings, sinking, and other less serious events.
The main purpose of the research is to have a positive impact such that cruise lines clean up their act environmentally and in their treatment of passengers and staff, and so port communities and governments can get a larger piece of the economic pie as they embrace and try to develop cruise tourism.
The researcher has been involved with a number of community groups and port communities (in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, and elsewhere), with international labour organizations, with environmental organizations (local, national and international), and with consumer groups (i.e., International Cruise Victims association). His books have sold well and his other written work has had broad distribution worldwide.
For a continually update list of publications, see http://www.cruisejunkie.com/whois.html or http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~rklein/vita.html. Photos are available at the bottom of the web page at http://www.cruisejunkie.com/whois.html.