I am not a fan of cruise ship travel for myself or for Belize tourism, but I know many grass roots people who will benefit, both directly and indirectly, from the onslaught. It'll never be enough to make up for damages incurred by the environment, but, for instance, dancers at the Belize Dance Company are thrilled to have the opportunity for regularly scheduled paying performances for the first time in their careers. Tell them to go back to their old jobs bagging groceries instead. It's not an easy act to balance.

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