Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Has Cruising Gone Too Mainstream?

A lot of long time cruisers believe so. People who have been cruising for 20 or more years are the ones I am talking about. They have seen the gradual change of the cruise industry into what it is today. Not only has the size of the ships changed, but so has the clientel that the "mainstream" cruise lines go after. Cruising was once a luxury, experienced by the few and dreamed about by many. Today, its a good bet that every american knows someone who has been on a cruise in the last 3 years, and probably have been on more than one. Do the cruises of that we all seen on the big screen exist anymore? Yes they do, but you won't find that kind of cruise on the Carnivals, Royal Caribbeans, or even the love boat. But the majority of passengers on these cruise lines are not looking for the Cunard experience, otherwise thats where they would be. Cunard, Seabourn, and other luxury lines still cater to the traditions of past cruise travel, but like anything, you get what you pay for, but its out there for those who want to do it, just like Disney has their feet in the water for the all around family vacation at sea. Not every cruise line is for everyone. So I answered my own question in a round about way. Has cruising gone too mainstream? Cruising has not, but there are plenty of options to choose from with plenty being mainstream. People just have to choose the one that fits them.

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