Talked to my TA this week about another trip and she mentioned being swamped at a time she is usually all caught up. Seems her cruise bookings are way way up--apparently the rationale is a. cruising is largely inclusive and not many $$ surprises, b. you are locking your price in when fuel could be even higher this coming winter, c. If we have to cut back on everything else we want a really kick-a__ vacation to help us forget that both gas and milk are $4 a gallon. she is seeing more bookings than normal, on all lines and all types of ships. Go figure.
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I simply don't know how RCI could possibly announce that pricing for any categories will remain reasonable. Since, as Dave says, this is a supply and demand driven market. They would have to intentionally hold pricing down to make that prediction come true, which would be in effect, intentionally losing revenue by design. I don't think that would be a great business decision, at least not from share holders perspective.
Reasonable is whatever the market will bear and still get the ship sold out by the sailing date. I expect the market will push pricing. There is a lot of buzz about this ship and many people will pay the cost difference to be on the newest and nicest ship with more to do and see onboard than any other ship sailing.
Originally posted by TrvlPro:
I can't understand why every time RCI releases a new class of ship they always put them on the least desirable itins starting out. They did the same thing with Freedom and Liberty when they released them. Same ol, same ol itins. I guess they have limited options for such large vessels but Nassau? The one upside, perhaps this will keep demand and pricing from spiraling out of control. Yeah right, I'm dreaming!
I like Nassau, its a great port and bet I have been there more than any of you. Town is within walking distance, has a great cheap transportation system (Mini Busses for $1.00), great local food at Potters Cay Potters Cay it's a great port if you allow yourself to enjoy it.