Let me ask you all a question.
What if I told you there is a thing called a "media rate" and that it is possible some very well-known travel writers who claim to pay for everything "just like you do" actually only pay this media rate much of the time. And what if I told you the media rate is "next to nothing?" - its a mere technicality.
So, really, which is worse? Our approach, or saying you paid for your cruise and writing an article actually based on a token "media rate?"