The ‘Cruise Ship Railing Dance’: Conducting Academic Research in the Cruise Domain

  • Alexis PapathanassisEmail author
  • Imke Matuszewski
  • Paul Brejla


Cruise-related research is regarded as interdisciplinary, pre-paradigmatic. As a research domain, cruises are characterised by high specificity and scarcity of available documented research. Thus, transferring methodological approaches from a variety of academic disciplines is inherently associated with epistemological risks and practical obstacles for cruise researchers. This paper synthesises research methodologies commonly applied in the cruise sector, ranging from conventional methods (hypothesis testing, case-studies, qualitative interviewing) to emerging, non-traditional approaches (e.g. web-based data analysis). Reflective accounts and examples are utilised in order to discuss their applicability and relevance in the chosen context. On this basis, requirements for cruise-adapted research methods are drafted and recommendations are made.


Cruise Ship Tourism Research Average Sample Size Cruise Research Methodological Triangulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexis Papathanassis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Imke Matuszewski
    • 2
  • Paul Brejla
    • 3
  1. 1.Bremerhaven University of Applied SciencesBremerhavenGermany
  2. 2.Teesside University Business SchoolTeessideUK
  3. 3.Linköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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