The month of November ended with a bang. Readers of Cruise Law News (CLN) viewed over 68,000 pages of our blog in November alone, roughly three and one-half times the total population of my home town in Arkansas. When I first started this blog a year ago, I barely had 5,000 pages readers a month. Since then, our readership has exploded. We have thousands of subscribers to our bog everyday, via RSS feed and email, and tens of thousands of regular readers.
CLN reached two milestones this past month. One was reaching the top 10 most popular law blogs based on quantifiable criteria.
The second milestone was being included in the Top 25 Cruise Vacation Influencers. This is a ranking of websites and blogs which are considered "influential" in the world of cruising, again based on certain objective metrics. CLN is currently no. 11, ahead of Princess Cruises, Holland America Lines and P & O Cruises. The interesting thing about this list is that it primarily consists of cruise lines like Carnival (no. 1), Royal Caribbean (no. 5) and NCL (no. 10) or travel agents like CruiseBuzz (no. 2) or BuyCruises (no. 3).
Being the only true cruise critic in the top 25 reflects that the public is interested in information other than the propaganda spoon fed by the cruise lines. We have many readers who are cruise line employees and crew members on ships who contact us regularly about problems they encounter and think should be made public. Passenger and crew member safety and shipboard working conditions are issues of particular interest to our readers.
The cruise industry may not agree with much of what we publish, but the cruise lines read CLN on a daily basis. When a passenger or crew member "disappears" or there is suspicious circumstances surrounding a death, they know that we will cover the story and provide a forum for passengers and crew to leave comments about what really happened.
If you are a regular reader of CLN or have left a comment on our blog over the past year, thanks! We need your input to be able to continue to provide a glimpse into what the cruise lines don’t want the public to know.