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Inside the Cruising Industry

photoThe incredible deals and the promise of a quick, luxurious getaway in places like the Caribbean have long been a huge draw, pulling millions of Americans into the staterooms and teak-lined decks of ships run by mega-companies like Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

The cruise industry is already as big and ostentatious as the ships themselves - a $12 billion dollar powerhouse that's one of the most profitable businesses in the world. It's also one of the most revolutionary, and maybe even ruthless. Behind the tanned skin and sunny smiles onboard is a story of brash businessmen, international intrigue, and the dark side of globalization on the high seas.

Hear about the inside world of America's cruise-ship empire.

Guests:

Kristoffer A. Garin, author of "Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes and Showdowns that Built America's Cruise-Ship Empires."

This program aired on June 30, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.

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