Weekend survey: Should cruise lines adopt “a-la-carte” fares in exchange for a lower ticket price?

Cruises used to be billed as “all-inclusive” experiences. But as I report in my latest National Geographic Traveler column, some cruise lines seem enamored of the airline industry’s rich profits, derived almost exclusively from fees.

This weekend’s question is simple: Should they go “a-la-carte” with their fares?

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(By “a-la-carte” I mean unbundling the cruise fare, and charging extra for meals and other amenities that used to be included in the price of the cruise.)

Incidentally, if you want to see how far this can be taken, check out the European cruise line EasyCruise, which charged you extra for almost everything (including towels and maid service, in its first year of operation).

Here’s a link to the survey.

By the way, we’re testing a new survey system. Please let me know what you think.

And a quick follow-up question: Have you ever been on a cruise where everything seemed to be extra? Did that bother you, or did you feel good because you scored a cheap cruise fare?

Please share your experiences, or send me an email.

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