Posted December 29th, 2012, 01:06 AM
Last edited by caribill; December 29th, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Looking at the airline industry, where budget airlines are common...wondering if there will be a new market segment for budget cruise lines?
There was a European cruise line that tried this several years ago. Your very low fare just bought you a cabin (60 square feet) to sleep in. There was a $13 charge to have the beds made. All meals cost extra. No organized activities during the day (or evening). No casino. It went out of business after only a couple of years.
It was called easyCruise http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/trave...sycruise_x.htm
On another note, I found this review of a cruise ship on a different line :
This is probably not a ship for those of you who like the finer aspects of the cruising experience.However it did seem to fit the bill for the vast number of passengers that we spoke to,most of them first time cruisers.
The vessel itself is less than glamorous ,and the cabins are in need of refurbishment, the bathrooms are in need of replacement as are the cabin windows, which are covered in sealant and rust.
On embarkation you could spot those who had cruised before ,they were the people walking around looking shell shocked having just visited their cabins.
This ship will become an all inclusive holiday for 2013 and you cannot help but wonder of it was decided it was cheaper to keep the passengers drunk, than refurbish the cabins.