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Cruise Prices Falling

March 9, 2012, 9:50 PM by Angela Kennecke

Cruise Prices Falling
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

This has been a tough few months for the cruise industry.  From a capsized ship to illness outbreaks to an engine room fire, it's enough to scare off the bravest of passengers.  But cruise lines are hoping good deals will bring back their customers.

The problems on cruise ships this year have been well documented in headline after headline.  But are the scares enough to keep travelers away from cruising altogether? 

"With everything that's happened so close together, it seems a little more scary than it used to be," Bonnie Stewart said.

"I guess it's kind of scary. I've always wanted to go on a cruise, but when you hear about all these people that go missing, it kind of makes me not want to go," Kayla Lau said.

"I don't know; probably not.  Just no desire," Nicole Klein said.

"When these things happen in the travel industry, yes, it does cause concern. We've seen it happen with Mexico.  We’ve seen it whenever there's a flight incident. People tend to get a little cautious or scared about things and it will affect travel for a little while, but usually things tend to go back to normal," AAA Travel Agent Kay Parrott said. 

The cruise industry is hoping to do just that by offering deals on cruises.  Some are discounted as much as 11 percent, but not all.

"Costa is definitely going to be hurt by the two incidents. There's no way around it.  People are going to be a little gun-shy, but as a classic example, Disney cruise line is just as busy, if not busier than ever," Parrott said.

But for the lines offering deals, it doesn't mean they're always easy to book. 

"It varies a lot of from market to market.  We're not seeing it in our market.  I would say it's affecting more East Coast markets," Parrott said.

But if cruise prices do dip, even as fuel prices rise, it may be enough to entice some back on board.

"Probably; I'd love to go on another one. I haven't been in a few years. But I'd like to see more safety," Stewart said.

Cruising was actually up last year, with 16 million people boarding boats.  For more information on cruise lines offering discounts take this link to dealnews.com

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