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Cruise Reviews

Independent cruising Tips for the professional at Leisure

 

Here are my observations of the income segregation of the cruise market, one that has opened-up the area I call "redneck cruising".    The cruise market is highly segmented with something for every budget, with the redneck cruises entrenched in the blue collar lines:

  • Independently wealthy - (Cunard) - Truly fine dining, attentive service.  Caters to old money, business owners, dot com zillionaires.
     

  • Professional class - (Crystal, Celebrity) - Great food, optional extra cost restaurants for fine dining. Popular with doctors, lawyers and executives.
     

  • Middle class - (NCL, Royal Caribbean, Holland America) - an upper class vacation for middle class passengers.  Optional luxury available.  Popular with white collar workers.
     

  • Blue Collar - (Costa, Carnival, Royal Caribbean's older ships*) - These lines offer steerage class travel.  Nothing fancy and food like your elementary school cafeteria.  Popular with rednecks, the working poor, welfare recipients, ex-cons and practicing Catholic and Mormon families who want to take the whole family.

Each year these cruise ships become larger and more opulent, leaving a vacuum to fill the seats on the older cruise ships.  The new Genesis class cruise ships cost over a billion dollars and hold over 6,000 passengers.

The Genesis - Fall 2009 - A $1.2b floating trailer park with room for 6,400 rednecks

While Cunard Cruises offers the ultimate in highbrow luxury with 5-star restaurants like Spago, and Crystal cruises is designed for professionals at leisure, rednecks gravitate to the lower end with the no-frills cruise lines like Costa and Carnival. 

Even within the same cruise line you see segmented classes.  The older, smaller ships offer cheaper rates, and I suspect that the cruise lines use these "redneck cruises" to train their staff for the larger ships.

If you take a look at the construction of a cruise ship, they are really nothing more than a freighter, stacked up with tiny single-wide trailers.

It's just like redneck nirvana, a floating trailer park stacked up like kindling.


The cruise market is highly segmented with something for every budget, with the redneck cruises entrenched in the blue collar lines:

  • Independently wealthy - (Cunard) - Truly fine dining, attentive service.  Caters to old money, business owners, dot com zillionaires.
     

  • Professional class - (Crystal, Celebrity) - Great food, optional extra cost restaurants for fine dining. Popular with doctors, lawyers and executives.
     

  • Middle class - (NCL, Royal Caribbean, Holland America) - an upper class vacation for middle class passengers.  Optional luxury available.  Popular with white collar workers.

Each year these cruise ships become larger and more opulent, leaving a vacuum to fill the seats on the older cruise ships.  The new Genesis class cruise ships cost over a billion dollars and hold over 6,000 passengers.

The Genesis - Fall 2009 - A $1.2b floating trailer park with room for 6,400 rednecks

So, what do the cruise lines do with their elderly ships?  Let's take a closer look at their ingenious marketing of luxury cruises for the poor!

Riding the older scows - redneck cruising

With over 40,000 passengers plying the Caribbean every week, the cruise lines offer spectacular discounts to passengers who are willing to sail the older scows, generally any ship that is over a decade old.

Here is a list of cruise ships by date built.  Note that any ship over 10 years old is likely to offer far cheaper rates, and far inferior food and service.

Some cruise lines are revamping their older scows, packaging them as "intimate" cruises.  The new Azamara cruise line is just one example.

Some cruise lines are placing their older scows in ports like Norfolk, where people who cannot afford an airline ticket can drive to the port, and save even more money.


Not all Rednecks can afford to fly to the cruise port

The new Genesis class cruise ships are also a redneck paradise, a virtual floating trailer park at sea:

 

Redneck cruises

 

 

 

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