Posted December 5th, 2013, 07:13 PM
I have no issue paying for my children to do so. They take up resources just as much as any other 3rd/4th passanger does (and they don't make up for it with a bar/casino bill). I already pay the reduced per person cost by booking them in our room. As mentioned above if they do have a kids sail free it actually would not impact the overall cost we usually pay as much of it is taxes/fees that would surely not be included.
What about in the context that Carnival is trying to raise overall fare prices, or I should say, not discount them so heavily. If the price per person went from say 400 per person to 600 per person would you still be just as pleased?
I think Carnival has a very fine line to walk here...they need to increase prices to be sustainable. Pretty much everyone agrees on that. But as they become more price competitive with other lines they aren't staying as competitive in other areas...yet. Maybe they will be able to increase production style shows and live entertainment with the increased revenue. One would hope. But if they start encroaching into RCI/Princess/newer NCL ship pricing they are going to need to have the amenities those ships offer. (Generally speaking).
One way to maintain the higher advertised rate but still sail full is to make kiddos free, even if you do still pays the port charges and fees. It looks like a super attractive deal.
Upgrading camp hours or more kid friendly areas would be welcomed. But...those are hardly "ground breaking", and anything besides the extended camp hours requires infrastructure investment and downtime. They need the bodies on board before they can start some of the improvements, imo. Like I said, it's a fine line to walk.
Just my opinions. I like reading the opinions of others too.