We are fortunate that we haven't been affected by the economic downturn so it's not had an effect on the number of times we cruise per year( normally twice). I've cruised enough over the years that I know pretty well what the price of a cruise will be before I get a quote. I may not be exact, but I'll know pretty close so when I do get quote I know right away if it's a fair price or not. Dealing with the same T.A. helps also.
We always book the type and cabin number we want up front and don't play the upgrade game--I know what I want before I ever call or e-mail the T.A. and don't call or e-mail until I'm ready to book, so no, we've not changed our routine any over the last year or so.I just hope our good fortune holds!