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Old March 5th, 2008, 12:24 PM
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http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...ges-030508.cfm

If you are one of the folks who forget to check out our Home Page, you may want to check it out for the article I wrote on the "Changing Cruise Industry", that went up today.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 01:29 PM
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Kuki,

Great article! I see things pretty much the way you do in your article.

One thing that concerns me though, is the business concept of "nickle and diming." From a business perspective, it makes great sense. Lure the passenger in with cut-rate fares (a loss-leader, if you will) and then charge them for most things outside of room and board.

You can see this happening in the dining room. What used to be included with your fare, the food, the service, etc, is now becoming an extra charge at the restaurants inside the dining room.

The "nickle and diming" business model is not one I'm keen on.................

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Very well stated, I hope everyone reads it:)
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Old March 5th, 2008, 01:58 PM
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Hey, Kuki! Great article, excellent job! Things have changed but if one thinks about it so has a great deal changed in other things, too!

Yes there is a lot of nickel and diming going on, but overall cruise pricing has not increased drastically. Everyone wants that bargain price but to get it you'll pay somewhere else.

I've been cruising since 1982, over 25 years and still cannot believe the pricing today, cruising is still an excellent value! This from someone who has paid a single supplement many times.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 02:10 PM
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You can see this happening in the dining room. What used to be included with your fare, the food, the service, etc, is now becoming an extra charge at the restaurants inside the dining room.

The "nickle and diming" business model is not one I'm keen on.................
Dean... I understand the concerns. But really you can still go on a cruise, and have plenty of very adequate to good food, without spending another nickel on food.

The specialty (surcharge) restaurants are really simply offering an upgraded dining experience at an optional extra cost.

Not all that much different from on land, where you can go to numerous restaurants where food is at least acceptable, but every once in awhile you'll choose to pay more to enjoy a more upscale dinner.

Not that I'm saying the experience is always perfect. I think some lines don't devote enough time and effort to their cost included restaurants. And in fact they could likely do so without increasing their food budgets. But the information is out there to find out which ships are still doing an overall excellent job in their cost included food depts.

It's just sometimes people are stubborn, and want to go on a line who's strength in other areas appeals to them. And expect the cruise line to match what they want in other areas, despite hearing ahead of time that they currently aren't.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 05:00 PM
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Great article.....really made me think.

I also just read the article posted here on "Cruising on a budget". It's emphasis is on the fact that I have a choice and should decide ahead of time what I'm going to be willing to pay extra for.

I know last May my wife and I went to Alaska on the Carnival Spirit and decided we weren't going to let them take our picture every time they offered because we didn't even want to be tempted to buy them. We also decided not to play bingo or eat in the "specialty" restaurants. And lastly we (she) decided I wasn't allowed in the casino that trip !!

We also do excursions a little differently now too. But we're still figuring out how so. Time will tell.

I was amazed at how we save hundreds of dollars over previous trips and in all honesty, I didn't miss those things a bit.
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Excellent article Kuki.
My wife and I just took our first cruise a couple of weeks ago and have no complaints at all. We went on the Holiday and are planning another cruise on her next year.
Personally, I like the fact that I can take part in some of the "extras" if I want to. You can have a really great time and not spend a lot on board if you choose or you can go all out if you want to.
Article is a must read.

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The same changes can be seen throughout life, I think. Forty years ago hubby put on a suit and I put on a dress to go to the local pub on Saturday night for a sandwich and beer. Today it's jeans or shorts nearly anywhere. The drop in our efforts for a little elegance has resulted in a bit of drop in 'pleasing us' efforts.
Cruising is still a great way to go.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 09:32 PM
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Great article Kuki.

Personally, I don't feel like I am being nickle and dimed to death. I like the choices that we are offered on cruises. It gives you the opportunity to make each cruise different. If you've had a bad year and are budgeting very tight to get that cruise in, then just don't do the extras, you can still have a great time. But, if you have saved for 2 or 3 years for your cruise and can splurge a little, then treat yourself to the specialty restaurant, etc.

I would rather be able to get on the ship as it is now, with most things included, than have to pay extra for a luxury cruise, that I would probably never get to go on!
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Fantastic article Kuki. I enjoy the cruise experience more than any land vacation I have ever experienced. I have settled comfortably into the "luxury" of Carnival. I have enjoyed Princess before but I practice the bang-for-the-buck theory.

Again, great writing.
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