Posted September 2nd, 2008, 12:19 AM
We have always cruised with a window cabin or better, since the early l980s. I remember our first Mediterranean cruise on the Royal Odessey, the best we could afford was a obstructed view cabin, at $3,500 each for a 12 cruise from Venice to London. That was $3,500 each without air. Today, for that same $3,500 we can get a similar cruise, without air but a balcony cabin.
So it really depends on where you go and when in some cases. We look for the value now more than ever since we are retired. Really like TAs and transition cruises for value.
The market is quiet competitive, cruise lines often offer very good deals today to fill ships.
One does need to watch what the spend on board, there is more nickle and diming today.
We have cruised over 30+ times, so obviously we feel its a good value.