Cruise Line Discounts? Highly Unlikely.

Cruise lines not offering the discounts cruise passengers are expecting.

With all the bad press and passenger fears, one would think that cruise lines would be offering steep discounts. It seems to be far from the situation.

I did some spot checking of the cruise lines website and I am seeing strong pricing for sailings from New York.
  •  Royal Caribbean still seems to be asking, on average, about $100/day for an interior cabin. The best deal I saw in August was an 11 day New England / Canada cruise on the smaller Empress of the Seas from Cape Liberty at $630/pp for an inside cabin. 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line's pricing seem a little softer offering 7 day cruises starting at $519/pp for 7 day cruises to Bermuda; New England /Canada Cruises or Florida / Bahamas. This price is for an interior stateroom.
The main reason why the discounts are not as deep as expected is primarily because cruise lines are not anticipating putting all their ships back in service immediately. They are using a strategy the airlines have used. Basically they are adjusting the capacity to match the demand. Without surplus capacity, there is no need to lower prices to attract cruise passenger. THis does not mean that as the date approaches and a ship has available capacity that further discounting will happen.

In addition cruise lines now have the added expense of improved medical care, the overhead with sanitizing the ships multiple times daily, increased crew size and potentially reduced passenger loads. 

Stay tuned as the cruise line start up service and the industry settles into the new norm.


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