Wellness Centres on Costa Crociere Cruises: Body, Space, and Representation from an Anthropological and Linguistic perspective

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Abstract

Many tourist services are connected to the care of the body. The tourist industry proposes different vacation opportunities where the body is the main focus of theexperience. This kind of tourism implies specific services that show a particular universe of representation and particular languages. In this context, cruise tourismis an interesting case to analyze because a part of its services gives a central role to the body which, on-board, organizes and is organized within dedicated spacesand times. Cruise ships provide spaces for the wellness of the passengers such as swimming pools, gyms, spas or beauty centres. The analysis proposed in this workis based, on one hand, on a recent anthropological fieldwork on a Costa Crociere cruise in the Mediterranean Sea. On cruises people use a limited space, the ship,in different ways. This use also reflects a particular conception of the body, built through an interaction of different systems of representation. So, the ship canbecome a space for social aggregation or separation. On the other hand, this study considers different textual advertisements from the Costa Web site where thecompany presents specific services for the body to future passengers1. This paper analyzes them using a joint approach: both semiotic and linguistic. Through textsand pictures Costa Crociere creates a “synthesis” of the wellness spaces which prefigures the behaviour of the passengers on the cruise. More particularly, in orderto analyze advertisements, a cognitive linguistics approach is suitable to show the authors’ linguistic choices and the paratextual elements used to promote thecruise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-69
Number of pages21
JournalSynergies Europe
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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