Posted March 1st, 2013, 03:04 PM
Here's hoping that the Caribbean itineraries include summer sailings.
Now that Royal Caribbean is offering the Classic and Premium drink package, if Celebrity doesn't cruise the Caribbean in the summer of 2014, I guess we'll be checking out the Oasis or Allure of the Seas next summer.
Caribbean sailings are announced on my birthday, though, so maybe it's a sign!
I'd love to see it as much as anyone, but I do not believe this will be the year. While I strongly feel that Summer Caribbean can work (especially if Celebrity were creative with the itineraraies), I believe the bigger issue is that Oasis & Allure homeport in Ft Lauderdale. Thats a lot of cabins to fill, and I wouldn't be surprised if there's a corportate decision for Celebrity NOT to compete with them.
IMO, Celebrity can offer a Summer Caribbean product from South Florida, that would not compete directly with Oasis & Allure. Why not think outside the box, and have 1 ship sailing several different itineraries, varying from 4-10 nights. Berthing shouldnt be an issue, as the port is relatively quiet. Why not throw in a few 7 day Bermuda sailings from Port Everglades ? I'd sign up for that in a heartbeat !
On another note, I feel that 3 ships in Alaska is one too many. If Celebrity feels that Europe will perform well ? I respect their decision, but I'm not at all confident on the likelihood of sending 6 ships to Europe, *and* it being highly successful. Perhaps it will work - time will tell. Nothing says it has to be a Solstice Class ship sailing the Caribbean. Deploy the S-Class where they make the most $$$. Wouldn't it be great if Century were "Solsticized" and made her debut for a Summer 2014 Caribbean season ? I think that would be exciting news.
I truly do not wish to hear about 2010 any longer. While I agree it was not a success, there were reasons why. IMO, Celebrity did not market it aggresively enough, and many folks weren't aware of a Summer Caribbean product until a few months before the sailings began. By that point, most had already made their vacation plans, and that's why you had fairly low pricing. You also have a larger number of cruisers now, and this Summer's pricing is extremely high.... so there's evidence it can be successful. With that said, if Miami doesnt want competition for Oasis & Allure, then nothing else matters.
Let's hope Celebrity is giving it some consideration, but I'd keep your expectations low.