One of the interesting things about having a website or blog is that it is easy to see how many people are clicking on your site and reading your stuff.

Google Analytics is an easy (and free) program that lets me see how many people visit Cruise Law News, how long they stay and how many pages they look at.  It interesting to see where the readers are based and what page they look at.  

The analytics program has been around for years. 

For the first four months of this year, 392,335 unique visitors have made 470,053 visits and looked at 1,385,586 pages.  The Costa Concordia disaster brought in a number of new readers. 

Costa Concordia Cruise DisasterAll types of statistics are available.  One of the more interesting statistics is how many people are reading Cruise Law News blog on a regular basis as opposed to randomly appearing from search engine results and quickly leaving.

22,904 people have read the blog 9 or more times in the last four months.  So I have a small town of people who are reading it over 2 times a month.  

The most interesting statistic is that 2,296 people have each read Cruise Law News over 200 times since the beginning of the year.  That’s more than once a day for the past four month. Many leave comments or call or email me with tips for stories. 

I’d like to think that Cruise Law News is providing information and a perspective that you can’t anywhere else.  Maybe, maybe not.  Our motto is "everything the cruise lines don’t want you to know . . . " 

If you are a daily reader, take a moment and leave a comment about what you like (and dislike) about the blog. Are there topics about the cruise industry which I am overlooking?  Are there regular readers who would like to write a guest blog? 

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Thanks for reading! 

  • Cynthia Garland

    I follow these articles on facebook. I read all the articles posted everyhtime they are posted. I am a nurse and a paralegal and my favorite pastime is crusing. So this is very important information for me.

  • Hello,

    cheers with the blog. I’m trade and will probably never get on a cruise ship, but yours is easily the most insightful and educational thing I read in the field.

  • Louise Horton
  • Will B.

    I don’t know exactly what my “readership” might show up as in the stats. Google actually pulls the content for me, so it’s ready. Even if your site were down (after Google pulled the content), I would still get the text, though maybe not the images that are linked to your site.

    So…if 100 people read your blog through Google Reader, it MAY show up as just one hit, I don’t know. Probably worth, um, Googling!

    – WB, Dallas, Texas

  • I am the editor of “Noticias de Cruceros”, the most important daily cruise news web written in spanish.
    I read every day Cruise Law News because it gives me a different perspective than other cruise sites. And based on it I can generate notes where I provide two sides of a fact.
    Congratulations and keep going!

  • As a moderator for, I read many cruise related articles daily. It’s been a tough year for the cruise industry, and, my one comment would be, to highlight the good as well when warranted. 🙂

  • Dawn

    Hi Jim,
    Your blog is one of four I try to check every day. I love reading the good and bad about cruising. I find your articles informative and interesting. Keep up the fine reporting!
    P.S. I would absolutely click on it more than once a day if you posted articles more frequently! Thanks for finding the time to post the amount that you do.

  • Nancy Shelton

    I found your blog by a Google search for Costconcornews and have returned several times to read about that and other items about cruises. I have never been on a cruise but would be very cautious as to which company to choose.

  • cumme

    hi, i appreciate all the info, my daughter works on a cruise ship and so i def want to know what is happening and where, i know that theres only so much a parent can do to protect, but with the info u provide i can atleast give my 2 cents worth when its time for her choosing a new contract. So please perhaps more articles on crew/staf working conditions, better options ect.
    It is stressful to think ur ‘child’ is somewhere on a ocean, but iv learned to use sites like urs Jim, and also ship tracker sites to alteast know where the ship is. The crew contracts r approx 6 to 8 months at a time. i sound like a over protected parent ! but its very difficult to see ur protected and much loved daughter getting on 2 to 3 planes over a 2 day period, flying off to a ship in another country. . . knowing u will see her only again in 8 months, even tho we live in times with skype, inbox, emails……
    so after this looong letter perhaps u will know how much crew-parents appreciate ur ship world updates. – ( the nicest news iv ever received was when my daughter phoned and said u know mr and mrs ‘… (i dont know them at all ! ) well they back on the ship for another holiday and they gave me big hugs, felt like having some family here mom. So im sure most of the crew/staff have parents like myself back home.

  • Lori

    Thank you Jim. I do both subscribe to your blog and follow you on facebook.

    I, like I imagine most of your devout readers, love to cruise and truly do appreciate the multi faceted services you provide. Your blog informs and therefore provides a reality check. You serve as a gadfly to the industry that mostly goes unchecked. You call out politicians and newspapers when their actions or inactions should be called in to question. I also appreciate that you are there for the cruise employees, most of which are wonderful hard working people that deserve fair treatment.

    Bad cruises happen, just as bad people happen and when they mix with the uninformed or careless disaster strikes. I may not be a fan of our “lawsuit” mentality but it seems in this industry, without any true overseer, that is the only way to get their attention and solutions.

    Oh and I disagree that you do not tell the good as well as the bad. You have reported on many medical emergencies at sea where the Captain did respond correctly and did the best they could for their passenger. Unless they go above and beyond the expected service there is nothing to report.

    Thanks for having our back’s Jim.

  • Rob Fish

    Thanks Jim, I read your emails and visit your blogs regularly. I am also a regular cruiser, and reading you blog and knowing what goes on behind the scenes helps to ensure we have a safe and enjoyable holiday. After all as you say the cruise lines won’t ever admit there are problems.

    There are some things I have read which makes me ashamed to take cruise holidays, for example the recent storey here in the UK you picked up on relating to the salary of those employed by cruise companies. I live in Southampton and was very sad when the Cunard Queens had our city removed from the ships.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Mike

    I am a Captain of private yacht in the Caribbean and personally witness everyday how cruise ships are ruining the islands. There a a few people making a lot of money on the local level but many people are impacted with the crowds and traffic on cruise ship days.

  • Karla

    I’m an Alaskan who has been observing and studying the cruise industry fairly closely since the mid-1980s because they have had such a big impact on Alaska, our communities, our tourism industry, and by virtue of some of their actions, my life. For too long they were simply embraced as bringing dollars. They bring (and take) much more. Not all of it is good… Much of it is not.

  • As a blogger and editor of a portuguese cruise blog, Blog dos Cruzeiros, i like to read all about the industry news specially this subject regarding to maritime law.

    This is a great blog for that and i read it every day.

  • Toniann Casiello

    Hi Jim,

    I stumbled across your blog for the first time in the beginning of this year and kept checking back on a daily basis since I had a cruise coming up and I wanted to stay “in the know” with all the Norovirus outbreaks that were occuring around February of this year and also with all the updates on the Costa Concordia disaster. I find your blogs honest and informative. I do not believe you are biased in any way other than the fact you are reporting on what it going on in the cruise industry. You write about things most of us readers would never know about if it were up to the newspapers or local new stations. I have learned SO much about what goes on in the cruising world from your blog and appreciate all the attention you bring to things that deserve it. Thank you and keep up the good work!

  • Helen Davis

    I’m a friend of Rebecca Coriam and usually come via links on Ann’s facebook.
    Really trying to hard to get signatures on the petition to change law in UK!

  • Tnt

    I visit almost everyday to see what is going on. I do like seeing the information you offer but realize that it is a “blog” and also most of the time is an opinion as well as those you comment to you. Just like the other blog outlets….cruisecritic, etc….it is interesting to see everyones point of view but we all need to make our OWN opinions about things and get the facts for ourselves.

  • Hugo Acevedo

    I read your articles every time they appear in my inbox. I enjoy cruising and read your articles so I know what’s going on in the cruise industry.In my opinion you’re sometimes too harsh on the cruise industry because in my opinion bad things happen everywhere not just on cruises. In every city that depends on tourism there is a high percentage of crime but people still go.We need our vacations to keep our sanity.