The media, other travel writers and bloggers have been predicting that cruise prices would be dropping in the wake of the Costa Concordia accident. As someone who looks at cruise pricing every day, I want to be one of the first to tell you that I am not seeing it. In fact, I have been seeing a rise in prices year over year since their lowest levels in 2009. Even on Costa, prices have been rising for certain sailings.
Clients looking for a last minute deal for this coming spring break have been sorely disappointed. Prices are higher than last year and availability for staterooms is nearly non-existent. With cruise itineraries out until April 2013 on some lines (later in 2013 for others), I encourage you to talk with a travel consultant if you are in the planning stages for a cruise within the next 15 months or so. Since I sell cruises, you can always call me.
Remember a deposit on a cruise ensures that you cruise price cannot go up. It ensures you get the stateroom(s) that most fit your needs. It is also, in most cases, fully refundable as long as a cancellation is made within 80 days of sailing. There are some lines that do not refund their deposits, but I can explain that on a case by case basis. Back to the original question, I honestly see cruise prices headed higher in 2012 as demand for vacations continues to have an impact on supply.
Why not schedule an appointment with me and let us work together to find that experience that meets both your wants and needs! Give me a call today!
Chuck and Laura Flagg are fee-based travel consultants.
We own The Flagg Agency in Canton, GA and our number is 770-355- 9569
We help people make better travel decisions so they may find
an experience that matches both their wants AND their needs.