Found two particularly interesting news items this week on how the industry is changing, both from Travel Weekly:

Changes in Internet pricing, access as cruise lines upgrade

http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Changes-in-Internet-pricing-access-as-cruise-lines-upgrade

I think we can all agree that this is great news... you'll no longer need to take out a second mortgage to get online when you cruise. It's going to make things even easier for you to share your cruise with friends and family on social media (and on our own Ship Mate app, of course), which will hopefully inspire more people to cruise.

 

RCCL stops discounting close-in bookings for most cruises

http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/RCCL-stops-discounting-close-in-bookings-for-most-cruises?ct=cruise

I have (sightly) mixed feelings on this one. Having more stable pricing and less last-minute discounting will be a good thing for the industry, but as a cruiser, it's disappointing to think that those last minute bargains are gone for good.

 

What are your thoughts? How will these two developments impact your cruise experience?