It used to be the case that the idea of going on a cruise was something that only very rich people would do, and even then, only occasionally as a luxury. Today it is a different story. For some time now it has been the case that cruises are available to the ordinary traveler, and costs have dropped tremendously so that nearly everyone can experience a holiday on the seas, and many people go on cruises as a regular annual holiday.
What is it that has enabled this significant drop in prices, and provided the opportunity of going on a cruise holiday to everyone, even those on a tight budget? As with anything, if the demand is there, the supply increases, and today the demand is so high that new ships are regularly being built, and often the ships being constructed are bigger than ever, with more facilities, more accommodation and a size that rivals the largest hotel on land.
The single most influential factor in this rise to popularity and availability is the internet. Because of the much cheaper, quicker and wider access that cruise line companies have to an audience that likes a bargain, they are able to mass market cruises to a wider and wider audience. People around the world are keen to go on a cruise, and with flights from all over the globe dropping people at the port, or even people being collected from ports along the way, access to a single cruise is no longer something just for residents of one location or even country. The demand for each cruise has gone global, and this has both increased the overall demand, and decreased the overall cost.
Having said that, the lavish and extravagant options are still available for the elite who wish to spend tens of thousands of pounds hiring their own private state room, but for the average holiday maker it often represents a very affordable holiday. With the added benefit – compared to most holidays – that you pay one single price and then everything is included, accommodation, entertainment, food, drink and facilities, it becomes much easier to budget.
The initial price might seem higher than a standard hotel-based holiday on land, but when you take into consideration all the extra costs associated with a holiday, especially the food and drink, this can actually represent very little difference. Of course, the appeal is also that you are rarely limited in this respect, and if you choose you can almost spend the whole day in the restaurants sampling delicious food specially prepared on an almost round the clock taste experience at no extra cost!
The length of cruises has also reduced in some cases to provide these extra bargain cruises, and a short three or four night cruise holiday, which might simply take you across to one or two relatively nearby countries, might well only set you back by a few hundred pounds. I have even seen some weekend cruises advertised for under one hundred pounds per person!
Certainly, using the internet you can search for some fantastic deals, and it is certainly the place to begin to look for such. The best bargains can be those either booked very well ahead, or at the very last minute.
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