When Celebrity charges $999 for a balcony on an 11 day med cruise, I couldn't care less about extra charges. Adding a couple of Specialty Restaurants and drink packages still make this a super cheap vacation. And really? Is the food in Celebrity's main dining room that bad that I'm forced to eat elsewhere, I'm thinking not.
We mainly sail Princess and of our 10 cruises with them, the most recent 2 have had the best food.
I'm in the camp of keep the base prices low and pay for extras. Back in 1997 we took an 11 day Caribbean cruise on RCL for around $2,200 pp, now I can take an 11 day on Celebrity in an S class for $999? No issues whatsoever with the direction the cruiselines are going.