Posted August 15th, 2017, 01:42 PM
That would be the big one. With Ocean cruises they pay whatever the wages are of the country of registry. With European river cruises, they use loopholes in EU laws where they basically subcontract various parts of the ships out to Eastern European firms. With U.S. river cruises, they have to build them in America, crew them with Americans, follow all labor laws of whatever state they're based out of, and follow all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for passenger vessels. Plus, people are willing to pay the prices and they can't keep up with demand.