October 15, 2010
In what Arthur Frommer is calling “the biggest recent development in cruising,” four major cruise lines have announced they won’t be sailing from ports in Florida to and through the Caribbean in spring and summer 2011.
Norwegian, Princess, Celebrity and Holland America say they’ve shifted to European waters and other oceans.
Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises have chosen to keep a handful of oversize (6,000-passenger ships) and older vessels in play, from Florida-to-Caribbean during the summer months.
Frommer, who is famous for his travel guidebook series and radio program The Travel Show, says this marks a shift in the cruise industry.
Reportedly, there will be a significant decline in Florida-to-Caribbean cruising, beginning this winter that will accelerate considerably, due to declining American cruise patrons and a lack of interest in artificial private beaches, fake villages, and Caribbean ports that are little more than mega malls.
Frommer notes that he anticipates Florida-to-Caribbean cruises will remain popular with Canadians during the months of January through March.
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