Agreed, and interesting! But since they are in business for their shareholders (as I understand business to work) is there a reason their board believes this is a profitable practice, somehow, in the long run?
Originally, I presumed they sent "fare X" (the pp rate if cruising double) to about "4% x percent of single cruisers" higher than it would be if everyone cruised double. Example: if they know the pattern is 10% single cruisers, and 3 or 4 in a cabin brings your 8.7% down to 8%, then would they add ".04 x .01 = .0004" and therefore 4 tenths of a percent to each "Fare X" in order to make what they need?
I hate to think of everyone paying about half a percent more (even though thats only $5 per thousand spend) to help me cruise single. So perhaps there is some other reason they allow single cruises quite frequently at 1.74%?
So I got to thinking of our original subject...paying more for food...and I realized that at least while I don't have a "cruising partner" to buy all those excursions, etc. to make him worth 1.33X to the cruise line, this "phantom partner" is also not eating food 3 times a day....and their food is pretty good and must cost a lot to the bottom line....so my theory is they can do it because, though not spending more per cabin on excursions, etc., I'm also not eating as much per cabin as others.
In fact...perhaps they just need more single cruisers...then $10 for a second entree might not be needed.