Kuki ... you hit the nail on the head. It is simply an economics issue. When demand is high, prices will rise. If you try booking a cruise on most of RCL ships, many have limited availability on staterooms. For the first time in many years, they are not offering stateroom guarantees on the website... so business must be good. I wonder how well Carnival is doing, as I get emails from them nearly every week with substantial discounts being offered.