I was just watching a Royal Caribbean commercial, and got to thinking, how long before the cruise industry implodes ? Bear with me.
Years ago, ships held roughly 2K pax, now, some hold 5K. That’s a town. In order to fill these ships, cruise lines must sell most cabins for next to nothing, and get more $$$ out of you once on board.
Excursions have increased in price drastically. What were once island paradises are now trampled and trod upon. Example; St. Thomas. Last time we were there, it looked like military vehicles had rolled through. Ships may have to stop there, but people don’t have to get off. What will PR look like in a few months?
Older cruisers are dying. Millennials don’t spend. Larger ships seem to have fewer staff. The experience is terrible at times. Food arrives cold, buffet areas don’t have enough seats, staff can be rude. Loyalty perks are being taken away . It’s getting so we don’t even get a mint on our pillow at night. But hey, as long as the WiFi is fast ð¤¬ð¤¯.
It’s only a matter of time before people find something else. RVing comes to mind.
RCCL , Carnival, everyone has new ships being built. I just don’t see this growth lasting much longer, and when people stop filling these mega ships....look out. It’s gonna be ugly.
Who will file for bankruptcy first ? My guess is either NCL or Royal Caribbean.
This is all just my opinion, but feel free to respond.
Enjoy the football games tomorrow.