Here are a few more reasons:
Prices are cheaper. The price of cruising has gone down – way down. That’s especially true for “last-minute” packages. According to the website LastMinuteCruises.com, the price of a seven-night Caribbean cruise has dropped from $1,489 to $549 per person – a decline of 63%. Travelers can even find a three-night cruise to the Bahamas from Florida for $219 at the site.
“All-inclusive” fills a need. With Americans on a frugal bent, the all-inclusive pricing structure of a cruise allows travelers to know in advance how much money they’re shelling out. That helps them set a budget, and budgets are everything when planning a vacation these days. A tip: If you do travel by sea, watch out for shore excursions. Travel agents note that “shore leaves” are among the biggest budget busters when cruising.
There are more amenities. Cruise lines are pulling out all the stops to get your business. It’s not uncommon to get a free upgrade for a bigger room (just ask) or to have a hotel-like 24-hour room service on an ocean liner these days. When airlines are focused on fees, cruise lines are leveraging the amenity factor to pick up more customers.
No need to travel to ships. LastMinuteCruises.com says that most Americans live within six hours of a cruise ship port. That gives travel consumers one more reason to avoid the airport.
There you go – five reasons why cruising is getting a second look from Americans. If airlines are losing business over that, they only have themselves to blame.