In the past week, I have received e-mails from ALL the cruise lines offering me all sorts of packages and perks. There was also a report on the news that some of the lines are not going forward with low-balling pricing just to fill the ship. They are aware that the word is getting out that once on board a low cost cruise, there will be many more charges added. They are leaning towards a sales format where the agents at the lines, Independent TA's and sites will be encourages to sell the cruise instead of just posting a price. I have received a call from a friend who works at a cruise line and internally they are promoting the art of selling the extras.
The Specialty dining, the drink packages, the shore excursions and many more ideas that they are coming up with should entice the traveller to book maybe a better room, maybe a balcony.
When looking at a cruise the other day, Monique and I found that we can book a suite, bring the Grandkids for free, get a free drink package, dining package and concierge service, and the total was less than if we prepaid for all that as separate items. Now Princess is looking to change the way you get flights for their cruises.
Changes are coming, Maybe for the better?