I agree, I think that a cruise can offer one of the best vacation values. If the cruise traveler is savoy, they can find great deals on the high seas. When you can get a cruise for less than $100 per day per person, that includes meals, room, and entertainment that is a great value.
We should all realize in these tough economic times, we as consumers best be prepared for higher costs from user fees, taxes (other than income taxes), and other charges that many entities will ultimately charge. Every company, municipality and state are looking for ways to increase revenues, to cover shortfalls. We see this in the grocery store, as cans of soup are getting smaller and the price keeps going up.