Well, certainly no one is twisting anyone's arms to come along<G>... but when shopping ANY cruises one has to consider many factors which have an effect on the price. Not the least of which is time of year. For example cruises in early Dec., before the holidays are often the cheapest of the year. Why? Because it's more difficult for them to fill the ships. Less people are cruising before the holidays.
When the cruise lines find some sales are slow on certain sailings they discount the prices to fill the ships. So... when checking prices you have to compare apples to apples, not apples to grapes.
We shop all our CruiseMates Group Cruises with many different agencies to get the best PACKAGE deal we can put together for our readers. Are they ALWAYS the lowest price you can find anywhere? Nope. No one can make the claim of always having the lowest price. But... we're always confident we're offering GREAT value.
In the case of this Spirit cruise... It's in high season, in the winter months... and take the base price of $839 for a balcony cabin including all port and tax for 8 NIGHTS, then figure the value of the amenities included.... a complimentary group cocktail party, a free group photo, a free tote bag, and the $40/per person shipboard credit....and the actual cost of just the cruise is probably closer to $700.... for an 8 night cruise.
PLUS there's the fun of traveling with fellow CruiseMates and the other events we plan for onboard to make the cruise fun. Some will say that's worthless..
, but others will say it's priceless.
There's a considerable number of people on this cruise, and booked on other CruiseMates Group Cruises, who are repeaters from previous group cruises. That fact alone tells us we're offering good VALUE on our group cruises.
Our group cruises may not be for everyone. But for anyone that enjoys the comraderie of cruising with a group, and the social aspects involved in cruising with group, they sure are fun!