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Old February 15th, 2007, 10:44 AM
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American Cruise Lines runs small ship (50 to 100) cruises in New England and eastern Canada in the summer season. A typical trip of 7 days costs in the area of $1,000 per day for two in one cabin, which sems extremely expensive. Has anyone had experience with this line that can provide unbiased justification for the costs?
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Old February 15th, 2007, 12:57 PM
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American Cruise Lines runs small ship (50 to 100) cruises in New England and eastern Canada in the summer season. A typical trip of 7 days costs in the area of $1,000 per day for two in one cabin, which sems extremely expensive. Has anyone had experience with this line that can provide unbiased justification for the costs?
The operation of a ship entails many costs that are pretty much fixed regardless of the size of the vessel and other costs that become fixed when a vessel gets smaller than a certain size. For example, any vessel must have enough deck officers to handle navigation on a 24/7 watch rotation (with at least two officers always on watch). Also, the radars, inertial navigation systems, GPS receivers, bridge radios, etc., tend to be pretty much the same on a small vessel as on a large vessel -- and this equipment requires the same cadre of technicians to support it. The small vessels also must offer some entertainment (at least a few musicians and headliners) and some sort of lecture program (typically related to the destination). When a vessel carries a couple thousand people, the fixed costs represent a relatively small fraction of the overall cost of operation. OTOH, they are a very significant portion of the cost of operating a vessel that carries only a hundred passengers or so. The fares that you cite obviously reflect this additional cost.

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