Posted March 18th, 2009, 06:34 PM
Here at Cruise Shipping Miami, the massive annual cruise industry expo, we've heard over and over from experts in the field that the recession has driven lines to cut prices to "unheard of" or "unprecedented" levels (we've seen many of such discounts here on Cruise Critic). But during one particular panel discussion, a speaker made an interesting point: with rates being what they are, we may see folks who've been ardent supporters of certain brands for years quickly jump ship. There simply comes a point when the deal becomes too sweet to pass up.
So we want to know: What will trigger you to swap lines?
I have lines I like better than others, and all things being equal prefer to sail with them. More important to me, however, are itinerary and price, in that order. That was true long before the current economic situation, and it's still the case.
How I book cruises:
1) Where do I want to go (someplace I've never been, destination-intensive cruise, a relaxing getaway without regard to the ports, etc)?
2) Who goes there and for how much?
3) Book the best deal, and go have a wonderful cruise.
I have no "brand loyalty" when it comes to cruising. Of course, I'm not an especially picky person, and I've never had a bad cruise on any line, which may make me luckier than some.
What "triggers" me to swap lines is finding a great deal for an itinerary I want to sail when I want to sail it -- it always has and it always will, I suspect.
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Eastern Caribbean, 2016 -- Regal Princess; Eastern Caribbean -- Celebrity Reflection, 2017; Eastern and Western Caribbean -- Norwegian Escape, 2017
Some Past Cruise Adventures:
Pride of Hawaii, NCL, 2007 (Hawaii) -- MS Volendam, HAL, 2008 (Alaska) -- Norwegian Dawn, 2009 (Caribbean) -- Carnival Triumph, 2009 (Canada) -- Emerald Princess, 2010 (Caribbean) -- Norwegian Epic, 2011 (Caribbean) -- Celebrity Summit, 2011 (Bermuda Cruise Critic Member Cruise) -- Ruby Princess, 2012 (Caribbean) -- Sapphire Princess, 2012 (Alaska) -- Norwegian Sky, 2013 (Bahamas) -- Carnival Dream, 2013 (Caribbean) -- Carnival Liberty, 2013 (Caribbean) -- Norwegian Epic, 2014 (Caribbean) -- Carnival Sunshine, 2014 (Caribbean) -- Norwegian Getaway Back to Back, 2015 (Caribbean) -- Carnival Sunshine, 2015 (Caribbean)