Since the tragedy a week ago on the Costa Concordia, we naturally have heard both from some of our existing customers as well as other people that are contemplating a cruise vacation. We thought we’d share a few of those questions along with our answers in the hope the information is helpful to all our subscribers in making their vacation plans.
What are the cruise lines doing to prevent something like this in the future?
The cruise line industry as whole does have a very strong record of safety, having carried roughly 19 million guests in 2011 alone–and while this does not diminish the terrible outcome of the Concordia, it hopefully provides some perspective on the rarity of such incidents.
We haven’t received definitive answers from every single line, however, all of the Carnival lines (which includes Costa among their nine brands) are undergoing a review of their safety measures. We expect all the cruise lines to follow suit even if they haven’t announced that publicly.[toggle title_open=”Read Less” title_closed=”Read More” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]
How has this affected your business–are a lot of people cancelling their cruise?
First of all, we’re thankful and humbled by the fact that our customers have expressed concern for our well-being and how this might affect us. In this first week, we have not experienced any cancellations, and it’s really too soon to know if overall booking trends will be impacted.
We’re taking some friends/family with us on their first cruise and now they’re a little nervous–what should I tell them?
Tragedies such as this are awful for those affected, but they do generally also result in vigorous review and heightened attention to safety procedures. An accident of this magnitude would certainly raise the sensitivity all of the officers and crew of the 400+ cruise ships to be even more aware and cautious than ever before.[/toggle]
This Week’s Handpicked Deals[box style=”rounded”]
Regent Seven Seas: Upgrade to All-inclusive Luxury + $250 Onboard Credit
Luxury may be more affordable than you think…did you know that you could book a Regent Seven Seas cruise for just $325 more than a Royal Caribbean cruise? It’s surprising but true, when you compare all the perks and inclusions from Regent. We are making it even more appealing by offering a $250 onboard credit fleet wide on Regent voyages. You can use this “free spending money” to treat yourself to spa treatments, boutique items and more. Read more about the value of a Regent cruise and check out of our favorite Regent deals here.[/box] [box style=”rounded”]
The Haven & Suites with $500 Onboard Credit
If privacy and pampering are what you’re after on a vacation, let us introduce you “The Haven”; Norwegian’s ultra exclusive suite complex offering incredibly luxurious accommodations. While they are definitely a step up for some, there are still great deals out there; how does $500 spending money sound? That can go a long way with specialty dining, spa treatments, drinks and shopping. Check out more about these premium accommodations and how to receive $500 onboard credit here.[/box]
On Deck: What’s Coming up Next Week
Tuesday Price Drops
Tuesday, or as I like to call it “Dropsday”, will bring incredible limited time rates for both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Both cruise lines offer price drops on a handful of sailings departing in the next couple of months, for one day only on Tuesday! These weekly cruise deals provide huge savings that I always think are worth taking advantage of. Don’t miss out on booking these offers on Tuesday because rates go right back up once Wednesday comes around. Check out my picks from each cruise line:[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]
–Ocean view cabins will drop $200 per person from $1,349 down to only $1,149
–Balcony Cabins will drop $310 per person from $1,809 down to just $1,499
–Crown Loft Suites will drop $720 per person from $4,069 down to $3,349
Besides the incredible price drops, what makes this deal so great? Not only is this a Valentine’s Day cruise, it is on the world’s largest cruise ship; the Allure of the Seas.[/box] [box style=”rounded” border=”full”]
–Inside Cabins will drop $110 per person from $759 down to only $649
–Balcony cabins will drop $100 per person from $899 down to only $799
This is a great value for a premium vacation over the President’s Day holiday and it features the popular Eastern Caribbean itinerary with visits to San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.[/box]