Erosion, Air Pollution and Overtourism Are Driving Cities Towards Bans

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Roughly 4.8 million people every year take a cruise.

Before the pandemic that number was even higher, sitting at around 30 million passengers.

But, as the cruise industry recovers from the devastating consequences of COVID-19, many ports where these ships drop anchor are reevaluating their presence. Some are even hoping to ban them altogether citing environmental, social and economic concerns.

So what’s going on in the cruise industry and why are some destinations saying goodbye to these giant floating hotels?