Why cruise ship wrecks aren’t as exciting as they used to be

Cruise ships and their cargo containers have a lot to offer the maritime community, but sometimes they also bring about a lot of trouble, according to a new documentary about one of the most controversial maritime disasters of the 20th century. 

CNN’s “Cruise Ship” explores the ship wreaks that have plagued the world since the advent of cruise ships, including the ship that sank off the coast of Newfoundland in 1988, the one that killed nearly 1,000 people in the Bahamas in 1998, and the one at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the southern tip of Florida.

The documentary, which premiered this week, examines how the world is responding to the recent cruise ship tragedy off the Atlantic coast of Florida, and how cruise ship companies are attempting to minimize the impact on the environment and tourism.

The documentary also explores how some cruise ship owners have become more concerned with the environment than the safety of their guests.CNN Travel Writer Jennifer L. O’Brien contributed to this report.