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  1. Honestly, the biggest reason I would choose a port like Miami over San Juan is convenience. It's a lot easier and cheaper to get to Miami. However, the cruise out of San Juan is usually a little cheaper to offset some of that. Many of us don't go to PR as much as we go to Florida. It adds an extra layer of a "vacation experience" starting down there. Plus, if you like ports of call, there are few routes that can compete. Me being able to hit a new island every day, made it one of my favorite itineraries. The Fascination isn't a compelling enough ship on its own. Don't get me wrong, it's was a great vacation overall. I do think there is something to be said about your quote though. Something was off about the Carnival business there. I wonder what would happen if the ship was bigger and the price was a little higher. Royal seemed to have figured it out better.
  2. When I say small ships in a Carnival thread, I am referring to their older fleet. As far as the mass-market is concerned, small is old. Small certainly has its market in the premium segment. That will likely not change. It's the same thing there. An Oasis class commands a far higher premium than their older fleet on top of more upsell opportunities and lower cost to operate. Am I inferring that the old ships sail empty? No. Honestly, do you think these ships would be cut from all of the big companies if they were a compelling asset to their future?
  3. Lots of nonsense in here. Throwing all the crap at the wall to see what sticks. Testing makes a lot of people feel better, but feelings don't equate to results. Quick testing has proven to be anything but remotely reliable.
  4. I agree that this is an uncertain time for their stock. However, a decade for $40 is overreacting. It could legitimately be there this time next year. They could also be bankrupt this time next year too though.
  5. This is a pretty obvious statement. Having less inventory. Having more profitable inventory. Having a higher percentage of compelling inventory. These things will make them smaller, but raise the prices. The industry doesn't want the fantasy class. They want the Mardi Gras.
  6. You could be right, but I highly disagree. The old ships never commanded high fares. No matter how much someone on the internet liked them, they weren't critical for their business. Plus they have a lower profitability rate, less upsell opportunities, etc. These ships obviously did not have a long future ahead of them. While the company is burning through cash for having these liabilities, I couldn't think of a better time to rid of them. If Carnival was to set sail tomorrow (which they wouldn't), these ships still wouldn't be bringing in enough money. Add in all of the reasons they weren't super-profitable before, and add in limited capacity. I do think it will be interesting to see what demand and inventory looks like in the future. There are certainly people scared away from cruising ever again (although as we know, many of them don't hold to their word). There are certainly people wanting to cruise today. I do think cruising will take a turn for the "premium" after this, which will bring some good to the industry.
  7. You'd be surprised on how many cruisers don't know or even care how big their room is. There are about 20 more important things than that.
  8. Just got back from a beach vacation. Some areas were crowded, some were not. Wore our masks when we had to. We still enjoyed ourselves very much. We supported local business. No one got sick. Never noticed a sick person. Blows my mind that people choose to sit at home.
  9. It's a shame that these are not more plentiful. Too many people lose their mind if you're doing something you enjoy and they don't like it. Seeing a cigar in the distance will cause violent asthma attacks or nausea that lasts the entire cruise. I'm thankful there is at least an outdoor area on most ships. Having a cigar on the high seas, in the sun, with a drink is quite an enjoyable vacation experience.
  10. The definition of "trust" could be used very broadly here. This will make some people very angry as it doesn't align with their interests. With that said, I agree. I say it's fairly hard to deny that having the most passengers and business shouldn't count for something. For the price, entertainment, itinerary choice, port choice, etc, it is the option that most people are looking for
  11. I have heard this argument all year. In multiple capacities. Frankly, I'm tired of it. "Can't go to this restaurant or bar anymore. It's not the same" "Can't go to this domestic location. It's not the same." Yea, it's not ideal to any of us. However, we still go, and we still make the best of it. Staying at home and not enjoying a year of life isn't any better. There's so many people who always focus on the negatives. This is before COVID too. It's ok if you are not dying to be on a cruise with the current environment. Just stop always finding something to be negative about. Life is always going to have curveballs. Fearing it, hating it, etc doesn't help make it any better.
  12. If you would have asked me this a few months ago, I would have said this is a stupid thing to do. Now with airlines like United and Delta introducing no change fees, it makes it a lot more reasonable. If you're one of those people who are going to want everything the way you want it at the drop of a hat, probably not. However, if you are willing to be flexible, why not? I don't believe in the hope that you are going to get all of these last minute-cruise deals though. Sure it happens, but that's largely a myth. If you're banking on a specific cruise, hoping it is going to plummet in price last-minute, you will be disappointed.
  13. For any even broader answer, understand what you're getting with ANY insurance. If you think COVID is the magical wild card in insurance coverage, you will be in for a rude awakening one day. And in the grand scheme of life, insurance is a waste for the average person
  14. Really sad, because this itinerary was one of my favorites, and in my top 3 to do again. I'll probably go on Royal next time. There's nothing like starting a cruise on a tropical island, and hitting a new one almost every day.
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