A mom sent me note wanting to talk about Carnival Cruises. She writes that after the cruise lines problems earlier this year, the prices have dropped making it more affordable for family to take a cruise, but would you want to cruise on Carnival?
The mom said her adult son was set to cruise with Carnival recently but his cruise was cancelled due to the earlier problems. She says he would never sign up for another cruise with Carnival again.
While Carnival’s pricing has been affected by the problem, USA Today reports other cruise lines are not dropping their prices as well.
“It used to be that ‘as goes Carnival, so goes the rest of the contemporary market,’ but now it’s to a much lesser degree,” said Kevin Weisner, vice president of CruiseDeals. Weisner said that while Carnival pricing can “create a drag” on lines like Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, those companies have more of their fleet in Europe where they source locally.
“Carnival remains primarily a domestic brand drawing from a U.S. population that’s been witness to their media exposure,” he explained.
“Jill Rosenberg, manager of group and executive services for AAA Travel in Garden City, N.Y., said that Royal Caribbean and Norwegian were avoiding price-dropping by offering onboard amenities and cabin upgrades rather than discounts. And Joe McClure, president and co-owner of Montrose Travel, said his agency had noticed “only minor price modification for competing cruise lines, but nowhere near the level of discounting Carnival has been forced to make.”
So what do you think: Would you cruise Carnival? Would you take advantage of the price drops to take your family? How low would a cruise need to be for you to go?