Whoa there FDR---Whoa!!!!

FDR must think he is on a roll or something. I wonder if the entire industry is going to go this route? We get on Regent for a little over three weeks beginning Oct. 7. This most recent booking involves the lowest rates we have seen with Regent in over four years. I thought four years ago FDR went crazy with Regent's rates. Comparing Regent with mainstreamers, like Princess, using similar itineraries but paying for a lot of extras including deluxe suites and lots of extra charge dining and other amenities, Regent was still running two to three times more.

"Del Rio warned that “significant” price hikes would go into effect for several of Norwegian’s brands as of October 1, 2018. Travel Weekly reported that these increases will impact 67 percent of Oceania’s 2019 bookings, and 92 percent of Regent’s 2019 sailings. He also indicated that as much as half of the company’s available inventory for 2019 has already been booked, emphasizing that “more ships are coming, but demand is outstripping supply.”

"Meanwhile, it sounds as if those looking to book a cruise on one of the ships in Norwegian’s multi-brand fleet might want to consider doing it sooner rather than later, especially knowing prices are likely to go up as of October 1st!"


Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line

26 Answers

There has to be a limit. Not all cruisers can afford large hikes.

Carnival’s prices still fit our budget the best.

Thanks for the info Kennicott. Interesting that FDR can say all the prices for his brands are going up when the prices for the competition does not seem to support that. What he might find is that a number of his ships may not be quite as full as he is expecting since the competition appears to be pricing a bit more aggressively. We have always loved and sailed NCL but our soon to be cruise to Bermuda is on RCCL and that is mainly due to the pricing we were able to get.

Thanks for the info Kennicott. I Find it very interesting. Personally the 150 days out means he can penalize people faster if they need to cancel. I agree with your title Whoa!

We've got 4 booked, on NCL, thru 2/20...did em months ago, and check prices...haven't seen anything yet for our cabin grade, but I admit the bot does the work...I log on only rarely after I print the docs. Occasionally book onboard, provided they have an updated schedule, and we buy a bunch of cruisenexts anyway..(it pays)….but it also pays to stay on top of the beancounters, doesn't it?? THANKS KENN!!!

Been thinking on this a bit further....it actually gets ….embarrassing...in a way...complaining bout the cost of CRUISES??? just got our annual BC/BS SUPPLEMENTAL RATES, and stand alone Drug plans, and auto stuff, and on and on...yeh some folks may say enuffs enuff re a total luxury item...on the other hand there will ALWAYS be new folks to try it, and a whole bunch who simply no longer care what it costs...we aren't getting any younger....well....ahem...some of us probably are hehehe....and if we spend it on cruises...or cars, well....we do our share of charitable donations, and stay away from casinos (where we worked)….after that I'd live on board ifn I could, and offer no excuses....

The headline is a bit misleading... if you read the details of the hike, it's for Oceania and Regent. The NCL line is not actually mentioned.

Hard to say what FDR is up to, he is pretty sly. He did indicate: "they changed from final payments being due at 90 days before sailing to them being collected a full 120 days in advance" which included all Norwegian Cruise line Holdings. Reading other accounts of his speech before the travel agents it appears to me as if he is posturing for increases across the board. However, since the only line we frequent in his company holdings is Regent, the statement that 92% of their rates for sailings are going to hiked, doesn't make me a happy camper.

OK KENN..."not a happy camper"...understood, but what does it mean in terms of future cruises for you?

Well, it’s hard to say. FDR might just be making noise to test the market out. You know, like the airlines do, post a new low tariff or high tariff to see what the compo will do, if doesn't take they withdraw.

Out of the Norwegian group of lines though, we have used only Regent, like them and their ships very much, however, as I've previously posted, about four years or so ago Regent's rates really skyrocketed, without any FDR fanfare or anything. And I mean they really went up, we couldn't find a single one worth it. It wasn't until about 6 months ago we found a cruise with them where the rates were similar to before, Florida to Hawaii. We board in just a few weeks. Back for a month then we do a Mediterranean and TA on Princess for almost a month. We have become increasingly concerned though over a number of changes Princess has made that we, friends or relatives have had to put up with. Negatives.

What does this mean to our future cruising? As of late we have been getting pretty long in the tooth, never thought we would be doing so much sailing at this age. At least we passed the 600 day on the high seas mark last year. If FDR puts Regent out of sight again and Princess continues with their management shenanigans, we probably will be only watching cruise ships as they sail away, "hull down on the horizon".


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