Having had several cruises cancelled now, it seems as though every "new" cruise price has increased. They offer a 10% "bonus" but the new cruise costs 25% more. It seems all those FCC were just fun with numbers and we loyal cruisers are being screwed over.
The cruise lines have to pay the piper somehow. They have the costs of a year + of idle time with no revenue but lots of overhead. They have the costs of new equipment as well as new protocols to be put into place. And they will also have reduced capacity for a while.
Got to pay for all of that somehow. Not nice but it is rreality.
The cruising world, as with all types of vacation formats, are taking a big hit. It will be quite interesting to see how the vacation world rebounds. If prices rise too high, who will be able to afford to vacation? Will there be as many cruise lines, resorts, etc.? This virus has been around much longer than anticipated.
When Cruising returns ships will not be at full capacity and more time cleaning and new cleaning products, I thought they would have to charge more per cabin since 40% less cabins can sell.
I think it will be a long time until cruising returns to what is was, if it ever does.