Posted September 12th, 2018, 04:41 PM
You don't want to pay for an empty cabin, so why do you think that the cruise line wants to have an empty cabin that is not paid for?
My try at translating Dutch to English and all meaning gets lost
Which is my problem, of course, so let met try to explain.
X offers 14 night cruises Amsterdam-St Petersburg-Amsterdam. One week to get there, one overnight, 6 nights to return.
14 nighs is a long cruise, most cruises are 7 nights or less. Cruise lines offer 2 night cruises.
The only thing X needs to do is to offer segments. 7 night cruises AMS-SPB, 7 night cruises SPB-AMS. Many, if not most, will book B2B AMS-SPB-AMS.
That must be possible, and no cabin would be empty. Some people from let's say New York, can just manage 7 days and would like to see Amsterdam and St Petersburg. They can't do the whole 14 days, and they don't care flying to Amsterdam and flying back from Petersburg.
Then, TAs, touroperators, the line itself, can think of vacations that start with AMS-SPB, a week or two in SPB, and end with SPB-AMS.
I just don't understand why many 14 day cruises aren't offered as 2 segments.