I am sure it was not because of the Concordia but we booked a 10 night cruise on the MSC Poesia for Dec 2012 a balcony for the price of an inside. Total for two including taxes and port charges under $1800.
Star Princess 2005, Sun Princess 2005
Caribbean Princess 2006, MSC Lirica 2006 , NCL Pearl 2007, Majesty of the Seas 2008, Carnival Destiny 2008, MSC Lirica 2009, Carnival Valor 2009,Carnival Legend 2010, Carnival Liberty 2010,Carnival Fantsay 2011,Carnival Valor Feb 2012, MSC Poesia Dec 2012, MSC Poesia April 2013
No great bargains on this side of the pond, but the season is only just starting.
We are being hit hard by fuel surcharges keeping the average cost of a 'cheap' cruise over £100 pppn (incl. taxes), which then reduces to say £70 to £80 depending on cruiseline, ship size, destinations etc.
We have also had the "buy an outside, get a balcony" promotions from most of the Carni Corp. lines that are operating out of the UK, but nothing that we've found to get excited about yet.
Next Cruise: nothing booked
Last Cruise: P&O Adonia - May 2013
Golden, Grand(2), Caribbean, Sea(4+1 aborted)
Adonia(4+1), Arcadia, Artemis(2), Aurora(5), Azura, Oceana(3), Oriana(10), Ventura(2), Victoria(5)
QM2(2), QE2(9), QV(5), Caronia(2), Minerva II, Fred.Olsen(8), NCL Jade, =X= Eclipse, HAL Ryndam