Halong Bay Cruise Avoiding the Crowds
Escaping a tourism conference in Halong City, Marissa Carruthers jumps on board a Halong Bay cruise to spend 24 hours exploring Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage site and its amazing karst…
Now we come to a topic which causes a bit of a moral dilemma for Travel Begins at 40. From the outset we have said we support responsible tourism, and stand against over-tourism. So what is our stance on the cruise?
In 2018 we have seen an increase of protests against perceived over-tourism and part of the campaign revolves around the effects of cruise liners, as hordes descend upon defenceless cities transforming the nature of the local environment. Similarly, the owners of the liners have come in for criticism for their environmental impact and contribution to climate change and water pollution.
Our policy is to promote companies that take environmentally-driven decisions, as well as smaller and niche companies offering wine cruises in Burgundy etc., rather than adopting a strict no cruise policy. We believe that such a pragmatic policy shows a way forwards for the industry as a whole.
At the same time we acknowledge that cruises are extremely popular, especially with the over 50s, which is why we have included some deals in our offers section, so that you need not be out of pocket while taking your ethically-considered choice. We realise that such an approach could be open to criticism, but in the immortal words of Joe E Brown at the end of Some Like it Hot en route to his luxury yacht – “Nobody’s Perfect.”