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Music and (touristic) meaning on cruise ships : the musicscape of the MV Carnival Paradise as a semiotic tourism product

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by David CashmanDavid Cashman
The cruise industry is a part of the ‘post-tourism’ sector that, in contrast to cultural tourism, does not seek to represent culture for consumption by the tourist, but fabricates it, creating a hyperreal tourist experience. The music is a core aspect of the cruise experience. This paper investigates the music performed on a 2009 cruise of the MV Carnival Paradise and considers how touristic meaning (as opposed to inherent meaning) is infused in the music. It finds that the music of cruise ships is used to construct a cultural cocoon which mediates and protects guests from interaction with the cultures through which they travel. It turns attention inwards, constructing the fabricated geography and culture of the ship as the destination. In so doing, it encourages consumption on the ship itself and thereby contributes to the overall profitability of the ship.

History

Volume

4

Issue

2

Start Page

85

End Page

102

Number of Pages

18

ISSN

2079-3871

Location

London

Publisher

International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

IASPM journal.

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