While we were on the Golden one of our table mates told us they were doing a cruise with the Gaither Family, as they were big fans. She said the cruise was three times the cost of the same cruise on any other week but part of that was because they closed all the bars and the casino for that week.
My question is: how do the bar staff who depend on tips or casino staff deal with this? Are they compensated in some way?
I knew the increase fee would be to cover their losses at the bar and casino (wow, I can't even imagine how much that would be, especially on Caribbean routes). Just hoped the staff was compensated. Guess they also have a few extra hands for other areas.
Well... to be perfectly clear, an agent/promoter who books a group can charge more per fare if there is added value, like a special music cruise, etc.
If the cruise was chartered to a group who had sold it as a Gaither Family cruise, it was up to the company doing the chartering to set the prices. If I were doing it I would say "leave the bars & casino open" and not pay more - it isn't my problem if no one goes into them.
But if they specifically asked for them to be closed, or if the cruise line was smart enough to know they wouldn't be used, then the cruise line might have charged more to compensate the workers.
I was on a rock music cruise last year, and I heard the ship broke the record for alcohol sales that trip. I believe it. The showroom was open until 4:00 a.m. each night, plus various other venues were being used when they were otherwise dark. It was a drinking crowd!