The beautiful white beaches of the Caribbean pull cruise-goers back to the islands every year. They are a unique and a very special part of nature. And yet coastal erosion is slowly but surely eating away at this stunning part of the world,
Barbados is among the first of the islands taking action to save its beaches and the millions in tourist revenue that comes with them, but campaigners say climate change is causing them to vanish ever more quickly.
Ronald Sanders, a former regional diplomat, is making a renewed effort to raise awareness of what global warming is doing to our planet – especially our beloved holiday hotspots.
"We need to be able to preserve those beaches. We need to be able to preserve our coral reefs. We need to preserve the marine life of our country, which is part of what tourists come to the Caribbean for," he told IPS News.
But it isn't just Barbados that needs to be concerned, with other activists calling for a united approach from every Caribbean country.
Foreign Affairs Minister Maxine McLean told the news provider: "Barbados alone can’t act, Antigua alone can’t act, St. Vincent alone can’t act. It’s only if we act together in concert with other countries that have the same problem that people will listen to us."
Cruise holidaymakers may well be asking themselves what they can do to help preserve the state of the coastline in their favourite Caribbean holiday destination, be it Cuba, Martinique or another unspoilt part of this spectacular archipelago.
If you plan on cruising there again, be sure to book with a company that is committed to responsible travel, such as Seafarer.
It's also worth remembering that travelling aboard a smaller vessel impacts much less on the environment than one of the behemoths that so frequently travel to the Caribbean today. Consider the stylish and environmentally-friendly catamarans that we employ on our Cuba Sailing Cruise, for example.