I found the article to be quite interesting. My friend swears by cruising because all the details are taken care of for her. I, on the other hand like to tend to the details (of a land vacation). He (the writer) highlights the many considerations and details it takes to plan this type of vacation. To each, his own.
Carnival Corp last year made $1 BILLION selling all these questionable things to the American Public.
Did anyone notice crewmembers with guns forcing the American Public to open their wallets and buy that stuff?
If the American Public didn't want or like what is being offered by Mass Market cruising, would those companies still be in business?
The Market Place controls what is bought and sold - and at what prices.
Bruce, for the most part I think you logic will fall on deaf ears. It seems that some people for whatever reason think it's wrong for a cruiseline to make a profit, yet they expect to get a balcony for the price of the cheapest inside.
I think some folks would be better off not cruising and that way they won't have to suffer the agony of watching sales of photos, gold by the inch, alcohol, bingo, etc. Neither would they have to witness people playing slots, drinking, talking, laughing and generally having a good cruise.