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Published:30 November 1996
  • Robert L Haltermann
Origin:Space Transportation Assocation

The evolution of the cruise trade is explored for information that may be useful for development of a space tourism industry. The popularity of taking a cruise for either a vacation or adventure has experienced a boom in recent years producing a passenger annual growth rate of nearly nine percent since 1970. Key circumstances, happenings and people are examined for making cruising the current choice for millions of tourists per year. A description of a modern day cruise ship and its itinerary along with the profiles of passengers who sail them is provided. In addition, methods employed to reduce acquisition and operating costs are analyzed that allow affordable pricing to all potential cruisers as well as the marketing techniques used to bring them aboard. What was once a luxury for only those few who could afford such extravagance, is now available to all including those of modest income. The application of this information may be used for further space tourism studies.

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