I'm not a fan of cruise mass tourism, but I see the value of it to at least part of the tourism industry and potentially to the country.

What stumps me, though, is the decision -- if it is a decision -- to build in Belize City. If I were Carnival's marketing director I'd want it at Big Creek.

Belize City's crime and other problems are going to bite the cruise lines one of these days.

At one time, most cruise ships in the Caribbean stopped at Kingston, Jamaica, too. But now you can't get a tourist to go to Kingston because of the crime.

I've always held that the easiest way to double tourism overnight in Belize is to build a new international airport somewhere other than Ladyville, say in the south or in Cayo, so people don't have go to or near Belize City.

--Lan Sluder

Lan Sluder/Belize First