Two Interesting News Items this Week

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

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

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?

Tags: Royal Caribbean Internet Ship Mate app

5 Answers

These will not affect my cruise habits at all. I usually book up to a year or so on advance so short buying does not come into play. The internet thing, Maybe a very little bit. On a cruise I don't use e-mail ,but now that I have a "smartiepants phone thingy" I may use it. Then again, do I really want to know about bad weather when I am cruising in Panama.Big Smile

As a semi retired person I will miss the last minute deals. I do not have to plan a year in advance, not even a week. Sometimes I just get urge to be on a ship and I find a good deal and go.

I see this as hurting the cruise habits of retired people, especially those that are on a budget and live near a port.

I do not care about the internet on a cruise, I go on a cruise to get away, not stay connected. If I need to share photo's with family and friends I can do that at a port cafe with a view of the ocean and free internet (you can find free internet in all ports.

I read through these. We enjoy the hunt for a good bargain so will miss that. However, we have 2016 and 2017 winter cruises already booked Jan - Mar so no last minute need foreseen.

How strange but I was planning tomorrow to start a discussion asking if faster & less expensive Internet on a cruise ship would influence you to cruise on that ship? For myself I decided that it would have no baring on which cruise I would take. .Perhaps for business people it may make a difference.

As for scraping last minute cruise deals, I'll be sorry to see that go as I have in the past used those deals but not that often. Neither one of these news items will change my cruising plans. Let's see if the second one holds up long term..

Thanks for the posting. They were interesting reads.

The internet I can take or leave. I would only use the most basic plan. I am curious to see how the stopping last minute deals is going to work for them. Sailing the ship less than full is nice for those on board should be less crowded. However, there are less people buying drinks, shopping in the stores buying photographs. If after awhile they see it in their bottom line, I think they will come back.


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