The holidays always remind me of visiting my grandparents, which in turn reminds me of those goofy predictions the supermarket tabloids published at the end of each year. My grandmom was an unabashed reader of the National Enquirer, et. al., and she found them very entertaining, even if she knew it was all baloney. So in the spirit of Grandmom Sophie, I am publishing my own short list of goofy predictions for 2012:
- Checked bag fees exceed the cost of airline seats. People are now buying seats for their luggage.
- Royal Caribbean introduces the world’s largest ship, Continent of the Seas. Guests board at the bow in Miami and begin walking to the stern, which is in the Bahamas.
- Norwegian Cruise Line introduces the first “all glass” ship, making everything visible to everyone all the time. Certain cruises are not fazed at all, and look forward to “oversharing!” Rumor has it the ship will be the Norwegian TMI.
- To become more “green” airlines introduce new fuel savings measure–elimination of seats. Shortly thereafter, they eliminate all beverage service, claiming they can’t move the cart with all those people standing in the aisle.
- Carnival introduces a new waterslide that juts out over the ocean and features a secret trap door to get rid of unruly guests that break the code of conduct.
- SinglesCruisers (from our sister company, SinglesCruise.com) set new Guinness World Record for most people crammed in a 200 square-foot cruise cabin at group’s famous cabin party!
- Faced with budget cuts, the TSA now offering a $20 massage which includes scented oils, aromatherapy, security pat-down and priority lane access.
Last Call for Royal Caribbean’s Bonus Plus
December 31 marks the last day of our Bonus Plus sale on Royal Caribbean. What’s different about this one?
- CruiseDeals.com is putting $25 to $250 dollars in on board spending credit on EVERY 2012 RCI cruise that departs before July 1.
- This deal may be combined with any other promotion offered by Royal Caribbean and with any of our Group Departures, which always have an additional on board credit and in many cases a lower rate. That’s a triple dip of savings.
But December 31 is the absolute end for this offer–we’ll still have groups and promotions in 2012, but won’t have this wide-ranging “Bonus Plus” available once January 2012 rolls around. you can learn more about it here as well as see some of our hand-picked deals.
2012 Wishes and Thanks
I want to end this post, and the year with sincere wishes for everyone to have a 2012 that’s memorable for all the right reasons! I also offer a heartfelt note of thanks to our customers and readers.
I have had the great fortune this year to meet many of our customers over the phone and email and truly have enjoyed hearing first-hand how we’re doing at CruiseDeals. And I’ve also heard where we can do better–and appreciate that as well so we can improve whenever possible. Even though we won’t have the chance to meet in person, we want you to feel that the people of CruiseDeals are your own personal experts and not just anonymous voices at the other end of the phone line. It’s both fun and a big responsibility to take someone’s vacations plans into our hands, so we take that responsibility seriously. And if you have any feedback or ideas of how we can serve you better, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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