Originally posted by Hank:
Guess the OP makes me ask a silly question. Wy would anyone buy 6 FFs for Princess or any other line? Yes, we are aware of the FF benefits (we ourselves have one FF outstanding). But unless you are planning on booking 5 or 6 cruises far in advance, why not just buy FFs one or perhaps 2 at a time. You can always buy another on your next Princess cruise. Am I missing something here. I am just trying to picture us doing the same, but since we have cruised on 11 different cruise lines (and continue to cruise on many different lines) it would get costly to buy all those FFs on many different lines (most offer benefits).
In the past: Hank, First let me say that we only cruise during the from late Oct to Late Feb during the year. (best prices, weather, less kids, etc.) In the past, before the economy really stalled out, we normally had 4 FCC in reserve for the season since 2 are needed for each trip & when I see a decent price & cabin that I want I'm ready to go. If I only book 1 cruise a year 2 FCC's would be fine but we go 3 to 4 times a season and since we've only been sailing Princess in the last 4 or 5 years this give us enough for 3 trips.
In the future: I really don't see Carnival/Princess going Chapter 11 but hey who knows? If the US economy get to the point of a bigger slowdown in the cruise industry they'll just move all their ships to the European and Asian markets & leave what's necessary here in the US. I could always call in my deposits if I really had serious thoughts about bankruptcy & wouldn't loose out on anything, except some cabin credit on those future cruises which at this point we'll probably take anyway.