Ross A. Klein is an international authority on the cruise ship industry. His interests include environmental issues, labour conditions on cruise ships, economic relationships between the cruise industry and ports, socio-cultural impacts of cruise tourism on cruise destinations, sexual assaults and other crime on cruise ships, and issues around illness, liability and the business model of cruise tourism. Ross has written four books on the cruise industry, six reports for NGOs and more than a dozen book chapters and journal articles. In addition, he is frequently invited to speak at conferences and community events and consults with community groups and grassroots organizations worldwide. He is a professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland (teaching research methods in a School of Social Work) and is online at www.cruisejunkie.com and www.cruiseresearch.org.