Here are our rules
- although that one rule is not specific, it says not to link to any "commercial enterprise" because that is the same as advertising.
Hey, I notice that Cruise Critic ads show up here from Google Ads, so if it is worthwhile for them to pay to have a presence here, why should we give it away for free?
So, please do NOT include links just for the sake of telling people there are other places to go. That would be like someone coming to where you work and telling your customers there are other people beside yourself for whatever you do for a living.
Now, if you want to bring up a specific topic that originated someplace else, that is different. But not just to say there other places that do exactly what we do. That is obviously somewhat rude.
By the way - I have looked at the "pricing prediction engines" that are out there, and I am sorry, but I think they are a joke. AS a person who writes about cruising all year long I can tell you pricing is based on many other factors besides what they were the preceding 6 months. It is like the stock market, no one can predict where stocks are going based on where they have been.
Other factors (price of oil, seasonal demand, availability of inventory) make much more difference in pricing than looking at trends. For example, will prices in Europe be higher or lower than last year? Well, it depends on what adjustments were made to inventory compared to last year, and changes in the cost of airfare, more than anything else. Price predictors do not look at those things.
You need a professional analyst to really predict cruise prices.