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Old June 7th, 2009, 04:00 PM
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Yet an another and most forgotten surcharge, and one that most do not see or experience in the "FROM" "cabin prices" being offered in TA’s, line ads etc, WHY?

Here we have ONE person, one cabin (same cleaning), one times food consumed.. and less than two eating,,,mm.

Why the surcharge? Because as one person, you will NOT SPEND on board as much as two people would have done in that cabin in their eyes,,,simple.

SO, they are at least honest enough to say that up front, we expect more profit from that cabin if X's 2 and if not, then up front you will pay it,,,,wrong.

That one person could drop more in the casino, spend more on drink, buy more excursions, etc etc than any couple would in theory.

The pricing model is wrong
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Old June 8th, 2009, 12:35 PM
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I feel for solo cruisers the surcharge is usually 100% which is too much. However, I don't know the "right" number. When you think about the line's expenses, food is really the only incremental cost. David is right that a solo cruiser might be more likely spend on extras than aa couple or family.. Of course if there were no surcharge my wife and I could book adjoining rooms and create our own little suite at no more expense than a room for two.

David I guess you and I will just have to agree to disagree. As I see it supply and demand is working pretty well in the cruise industry. Still making it one of the best bargains in vacations. (I write this from a rented condo overlooking the ocean - ahh). Is it possible that the industry is heading for a contraction? Maybe, but we should consider that a market adjustment.

I remember going to a timeshare sales pitch years ago. One of there lines was that hotels would become unaffordable and the only people who could afford a vacations would be those who had bought a time share - now. Some people love their timeshares, others not so much.

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Old June 8th, 2009, 05:09 PM
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Bob, I'll go with that, we can agree to disagree on this. I can see why its the biggest vacation industry around today. I just cant accept that it honestly prices to be there in the bulk market

But hey ho, thats opinion, take care
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[quote="DayvidB"]I give in, you all win, your right and I'm sooooo wrong, its me that's got all this back to front, you caught me out well done./quote]

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Old July 7th, 2009, 04:00 AM
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Main stream cruise lines are headed for rocky waters if you ask me. These mega ships that are being built now are going to be tough to fill with the economy the way it is. If you have noticed, the price of cruises have been dropping dramatically over the past 6 months trying to fill the ships. The cruise lines can take a hit on the fares because they make up the difference once you board the ships with sales of Alcohol, Sodas, gambling and pictures and spa services.

Personally, I think that the cruise prices being offered right now make a cruise vacation the best investment one can make for a vacation. The problem I see, as mentioned before, is that new cruisers don't realize the costs of things on a ship and next thing you know a family of 4 has a $1000 onboard account to pay before leaving the ship that might discourage them from cruising ever again.

The cruise lines like Carnival Corp. has diversified their different cruise lines to cater to different segments of the population. One can start at their low end fare lines, like Carnival and graduate up to Princess, Holland America, and Costa then go on to Cunard and Yachts of Seaborn as an example.

What will be interesting to see is just how many people can afford to cruise in another year if the economy keeps going south like it is!
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