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Billbo 02-14-2013 11:24 AM

Will prices drop, post Carnival fire?
 
I'm wondering what the take is among experienced cruisers about prices in the weeks following the Carnival Triumph fire? Will bookings across the cruise ship business suffer for awhile? Days? Weeks? Months? Or not at all? A good old-fashioned industry-wide nose-dive on prices would be very convenient for some of us right now. Not to celebrate anyone's misfortune, mind you. ;)

RichC 02-15-2013 05:15 AM

I'm with you. Lets see how much of a price drop they'll be for a fall cruise.

Billbo 02-15-2013 11:52 AM

I keep listening for the major clunking sound of prices dropping on my June cruise. The silence is deafening. And I tell myself one shouldn't be greedy. (listening...listening...)

Dave 02-15-2013 12:26 PM

All I can say is the cruise lines are not reporting any decrease in new bookings, and cancellations are the same as they always are.

Billbo 03-01-2013 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Dave (Post 297545)
All I can say is the cruise lines are not reporting any decrease in new bookings, and cancellations are the same as they always are.

How are those bookings coming along, Dave? Pretty much business as usual?
Update: I see a Wells Fargo analyst was quoted yesterday as saying, "With bookings remaining strong, aggressive discounting of cruises in the coming months is unlikely." Which begs the question, are bookings really "strong?" Is this true historically (I really don't know...just asking)?

Dave 03-01-2013 09:43 AM

No drops in bookings, anywhere. All the mainstream lines report robust sales within the past two weeks.

Sandy 03-01-2013 02:36 PM

I know of one very upscale cruise line whose eastern territory bookings are matching 2006 and 2007, their best years ever. And their 2014 world cruise already has 600 people booked, with some categories on a waitlist basis.


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