No I don't see it changing and indeed the move to reduce aspects of traditional cruising seems to be happening more frequently. We now only go with P&O before other ships come into the UK or after (so Spring and Autumn/winter). P&O would have been a first choice in the past but now it is a last resort to an extent.At last........ another passenger that doesn't like Lanlard's afternoon tea
We are finding that we have to pay a lot more once on board to get anything like a decent cruise, eg most nights in select dining etc. We don't like the Eric Lanyard afternoon tea having tried it, too much and too sweet but I also don't like juggling food in a buffet (and the health implications with some of the habits of other passengers).
For all the new passengers they will attract with the lower headline price I wonder just how many more experienced cruisers will defect to other lines?
Its also like the other lines that have started introducing ramped up prices for "Premium All Inclusive" and then complain that people are visiting the bar too often.
2006 Carnival Valor – E Caribbean
2007 Carnival Valor – W Caribbean
2008 Carnival Pride - Mexico
2009 Carnival Freedom – Costa Rica, Panama, Cozamel
2010 RCCI Liberty of the Seas - Mediterranean
2010 RCCI Oasis of the Seas – E Caribbean
2011 RCCI Allure – W Caribbean
2012 RCCI Independence of the Seas - Mediterranean
2013 RCCI Freedom of the Seas - Caribbean
2014 RCCI Adventure of the Seas – Mediterranean
2015 P&O Britannia – Canary Islands
2016 Emerald Princess - Brugge and Scandinavia
2016 P&O Britannia - Caribbean Islands
2017 P&O Ventura - August Greece and Italy