Cruise Bookings Rise As Prices Sink

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In the midst of a recession, many retailers are slashing prices to levels that have not been seen in years. Perhaps nowwhere else is this more apparent than in the cruise industry.

The main advantage of cruising over other forms of vacation is value. Cruise prices typically start at less than $100 / person per night, including accommodations, meals and entertainment. And, as a result of the recent economic downturn, cruise prices are currently the lowest I've seen them since starting in business back in 1995.

Direct Line Cruises, Inc. has seen many changes in the industry since its modest beginnings as a cruise-only travel agency in 1995. From the constant addition of bigger and better cruise ships to the post-9/11 expansion of "homeport cruising" (where cruise passengers can drive to the ship without flying), the popularity of cruises has grown exponentially.

Even with the current economic crisis hitting the U.S. and abroad, and many people choosing to forgo the family vacation citing high cost and inconvenience as barriers, Direct Line Cruises (which services more than 25,000 cruise passengers throughout the United States) sees its business "booming".

To Tom Coiro, Vice President and co-founder of Direct Line Cruises, the reasons for the industry's growth in these difficult times, are obvious. "The main advantage of cruising over other forms of vacation is value. Cruise prices typically start at less than $100 / person per night, including accommodations, meals and entertainment. And, as a result of the recent economic downturn, cruise prices are currently the lowest I've seen them since starting in business back in 1995." In fact, some of the major cruise lines, like Carnival Cruises , Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean are now offering complete cruise packages under $50 / person per night. "Let's face it", Tom continues, "you can barely go to dinner and a movie for that price!"

A great advantage for vacationers living in the Northeast is the "homeport cruise." These cruises allow people to travel year-round to many different exotic destinations around the world (including places like Bermuda, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Mexico and many others) without the expense (and inconvenience) of flying. Leaving from major cities like Manhattan, Cape Liberty New Jersey, Baltimore Maryland and Boston Mass., these cruises include everything you'd expect to find at a fine resort, from 24-hour room service, multiple restaurant options, entertainment (stage shows, live bands, dancing and Vegas-style casinos) to swimming pools, health spas, sports complexes, ice skating, bowling, billiards, rock climbing, plus many more activities that you might never expect to find on a ship. And, no matter how many ports of call you visit, you only have to pack and unpack once.

The possibilities for fun on a cruise are endless, and because nearly everything is included in the package price (with the exception of drinks and certain personal service items such as onboard baby-sitting), there are no "unpleasant surprises", which can ruin even the best vacation experience. From the convenience of one call vacation booking, to on board activities for people from ages 2 and up, families that may have otherwise given up on the idea of an affordable family vacation will be happy to learn that they no longer have to do "the same old thing" or sacrifice their yearly excursions because of the economy.

For a free brochure about cruise vacations, including homeport cruising and current cruise deals, please contact Direct Line Cruises, Inc.

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