We are seeing right now a perfect time for booking a cruise, particularly if you can leave at the last-minute. Obviously that’s not feasible for everyone. But senior citizens, people with flexible work schedules, or perhaps people who were considering free diving a secondary soon and haven’t quite nailed it down, now may be the time to take a cruise, particularly to the Mediterranean and beyond Area. So just why is now the perfect time to book a cruise? It is all about supply and demand.
The long-term trend for the cruise industry is going up, and has been since the late 1980s. That’s when the huge cruise ships has become built-in anticipation of the large demand that this niche of vacationing would bring. These were right, as more boats were built and more areas were covered by cruise companies, more people became cruise-happy. Since 2001 nine or more freshly built boats every year have been added just catering to Us clientele. In 2011 more than 19 million passengers worldwide took a cruise.
There are at least four reasons why right now is your optimum time to take a cruise:
- Demand is low. There are several reasons for this, but the economy is a big one. People are still hesitant about spending too much, but all of those cabins have already been built, and the cruise companies want to fill them. They feel if they can get you on board at a rock-bottom price, you’ll spend some money of your accord at the casino or purchasing wine with dinner, normally not covered in your original cost to book. That doesn’t mean you have to make those purchases, and even if you didn’t take the cruise you still would have some cost for food.
The second reason why demand is low is the devastating Concordia disaster off the shoreline of Croatia last year, and possesses gotten many people nervous about cruise ships. Like all disasters that are extremely rare, memories will diminish and the wonderful will get past those fears and start booking. But for now it means empty cabins.
- New boats are increasingly being built, meaning discounts on older boats. With one of these newer boats coming on board and demand in a suffering, the older boats are the ones to look for that will have the best deals. Some of these “older ships” just a few years ago were the fleets’ star attractions, and like getting a deal on a late-model car it will be your best value.
- Rising fuel costs. Most analysts predict fuel prices to continue to rise, which means that in the future the cruise companies will have no choice but to pass the cost on.
- The economy will come back. Economies are cyclical, and these more difficult economic times will turnaround just as they will have. When they do, cruise demand will increase.
The economy will bounce back and the Costa Concordia disaster will become a faraway memory, and then demand for cruise ships will shoot back up in a big way. If you’ve ever taken a trip to the Mediterranean and beyond, you will know that a cruise liner marvelous way experience a secondary to Europe.