Originally Posted by felix_the_cat
There is no rip-off. Everyone decides for themselves. Who is holding a gun to your head????????
The ships going out of New Jersey/New York seem to draw a good dollar for cabins therefore they are selling well.
Charging cruisers for 2-4 extra days at sea to compensate for the poor choice of a far-North port location is indeed a ripoff when compared to alternatives.
While no one forces anyone to choose cruises originating from Bayonne - you are correct - the statement "who's forcing anyone" is also a joke in that it is not a compelling statement justifying that business decision.
No one can explain away the consequences of risk with bad weather in Bayonne during months of peak cruise times - jeopardizing weather-related-problem-travel to and from that location - as well as forcing cruisers to pack additional winter clothing purely because of that port location.
Fact is...there are just as many cruisers who will pass on Quantum purely because of its home port location. There are also many who will chose it for the same reason. Choices are good.