glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Do You Excpect to See Cruise Prices Falling?

Now that oil prices have fallen over 50% for the last 15 months, do you expect to see cruise prices falling?  When fuel prices were high, we had cruise lines adding fuel surcharges to the cost of a cruise. Should we now see a drop?

Tags: Fuel costs for cruise ships falling

33 Answers

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

We *should* but we probably won't.  The tickets will sell for what people are willing to pay for them.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

No i do not see them falling due to oil prices.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

No!

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I doubt prices will drop.  Since there was the surcharge they did not increase the base price.   Now that prices are down, no surcharge but I think the base will stay the same.

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

I consider that the prices have already fallen. You can currently have a weeks cruise for under $500 each, albeit in an inside cabin. Taking in the fact that all meals are included in this price you are paying just over $70 per day for accommodation and meals. Where could you get that in a land based holiday anywhere in the world?

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Maybe a little bit on the base pricing, then once that is established,hit us up with little extras to dining, drinks, tips and shore excursions.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

 

Neither do I.

 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Cruise lines like gas stations are quick to raise prices, slower to lower them.  

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Cruise Economics 101: prices never drop.  Any funds you think you will / should save, will be distributed elsewhere.   Sales are not price drops. They are reflective of what you should have been paying in the first place, instead of the inflated price you actually paid. But, it makes you feel good.....about yourself, and the cruiseline.   And, if you are rewarded with a refund in the form of OBC, welllllllll that's just a tease to get you to spend more than you probably would have if you didn't have any credit available.   Example :

Cost of nice watch in ships gallery of shops - $ 400.00

No OBC ;  it's a nice watch, but I already have several, and only one wrist.

$250 OBC ; it's a nice watch, and I have $250 credit, so it's only going to cost me $150. And you can never have too many watches.   Oh miss !!!!!!! Could you please wrap this for me ? Thanks.

ok, first of all, the watch cost you $400. Not $150. The OBC is still your money.  Second, at the very instant you spent your $250 OBC, your wife was spending hers on a lovely $500 Tanzanite ring about 30 feet from you.  And it's the same $250 OBC. So now you've spent a total of $900.   That's a perfect example of Cruise Ship Economics.

 

class dismissed

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Oh, and the cost of oil ?  No effect at all. Auto-grats just went up on just about every line.

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