Interesting. It could be they are resetting their zero - and most likely as a direct response to Carnival pretty much always undercutting RCI on the same routes.
The earnings call statement could still be valid though. After all, I could cut prices 20% now and still not reduce them much more than that in the last few days before the cruise starts.
But this is nothing to quibble over, since it means lower prices. However, their USA Today statement also portends more cuts in shipboard services and perhaps more extra-fees for this and that.