Why cruise lines should have that sinking feeling - FOX 13 News

Why cruise lines should have that sinking feeling

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A new poll shows the popularity of cruises is sinking – a likely result of several incidents over the past few years.

According to a Harris Poll survey, cruise goers say the quality of cruises fell 11 percent in the last year. Their trust for the cruise industry is down 12 percent. Plans to book a cruise trip fell 13 percent.

Even high-end cruise lines like Disney are taking a hit. That's despite the fact they haven't had huge problems.

In California, more than four dozen passengers on the Crown Princess have caught the norovirus. Everyone else is still in isolation in their cabins. The ship is on a seven-day cruise with stops at the California ports.

There's been a 4 percent drop in trust and a 3 percent drop in quality since the norovirus outbreaks.

The biggest hit for the industry likely came after the Costa Concordia disaster in 2012. The ship capsized and sank off the coast of Italy.

In that incident, 32 people died. But there have been other big news stories. In 2013, a fire broke out on the Carnival Triumph. The ship was struck in the Gulf for days.

In January, norovirus plagued more than 700 passengers on two ships: The Caribbean Princess and the Explorer of the Seas.

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