The cruise industry can play a tremendous role in the development of a nation and a region. A newly re-emerging economy, such as violence-torn Croatia or Guatemala or Colombia, the visit of cruise ships and their passengers' wallets can give a strong boost from a financial standpoint, as well as raising the hopes of a beaten-upon populace.
Below is a giant cruise ship tied up on the dock in the town of Huatulco, Mexico, one of many areas feeling the economic growth from tourism. Unlike airports, a cruise dock can be built relatively inexpensively, and provides a quick-shot stimulus a region can build upon.
Handled properly, it's a good thing.