Celebrate Thanksgiving On A Cruise Ship

Mega-cruise ships looming over historic harbors spark debate

On its four ships the line will also broadcast big NFL games on giant outdoor movie screens and feature turkey towel animals in cabins. As of Nov. 10, the ships will be in Christmas mode too, with special decor and activities. Princess Cruises ships will feature family-friendly, turkey craft-creation contests, turkey-calling contests, sports games including flag football, Turkey Trot walks and special "giving thanks" trees. PHOTOS: See the coolest cruise ship features for families Bargain Caribbean fares Big ship lines Carnival , Royal Caribbean , Princess , Holland America , Norwegian and Celebrity all have cruises in the Caribbean during Thanksgiving week. Bargains abound from Florida and other U.S. ports. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.usatoday.com/experience/cruise/article/celebrate-thanksgiving-on-a-cruise-ship/2993653/

It joined the European Union in July as the bloc's third-poorest member. But critics point out that land-based tourists who don't have all-inclusive packages keeping them eating and sleeping on board spend around three times more per day and stay for longer. They fear those bigger-spending landlubber visitors are being scared off by the cruise-based mobs disgorged each morning to swarm over the city walls and clog the narrow cobbled alleys of the UNESCO-protected old city. "Dubrovnik is maybe already at the point where cruise tourism is beginning to displace land-based tourism," says Ross Klein, an expert on the cruise industry at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. "The crowds, the congestion, all these issues that cruises draw with them mean that others stop coming, he adds. And the folks coming on land have a much larger economic impact." Dubrovnik is far from alone, Klein says. The development of giant liners capable of carrying more than 6,000 passengers has cut the cost of cruising, triggering a three-decade rise in global demand. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/22/21578961-mega-cruise-ships-looming-over-historic-harbors-spark-debate?lite

Mega-Cruise Ships Creating Waves in Key West

The port is serviced by Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International. "I can tell you that all Carnival Cruise Lines ships currently fit in the Key West channel," Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said, adding that company officials had not read the state's report. Other cruise lines did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment. But the president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association, Christine Duffy, did make a general statement in support of the report upon its release. Smoke on the Water: More Cruise Lines Ban Cigarettes "As this report highlights, Florida and the cruise industry share a unique relationship in furthering the state's economic development and prosperity," she said. "The cruise industry is proud of the contributions it makes to Florida and we look forward to continuing to work with the state and numerous local stakeholders to advance mutually beneficial and sustainable growth." Whether that growth will include the changes to Key West's port remains uncertain. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/mega-cruise-ships-creating-waves-key-west/story?id=20957169

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