The Problem of Pricing

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  1. Good article. Many complain about the ‘nickel & diming’ but they don’t have to pay when there are plenty of free things. P&O’s soft drinks package is a rip off. £30 for 20 refills of 330ml equalling £1.50 per can!

  2. Kalle Id says:

    I was on MSC Cruises earlier this year (MSC Poesia, I also wrote about it at Meritime Matters) and my experience was that MSC’s pricing policy was very similar to NCL’s. The purchase price of the cruise was cheap, but everything onboard was very expensive (3 € for a small soft drink; 16 € per person for a sauna visit). No all-inclusive packages were offered; you can buy a set of vouchers beforehand that can be used to pay for onboard purchases that will be slightly cheaper than without the vouchers. Unless MSC radically changed their product in the month between my visit and yours, I’d say this entry gives a somewhat wrong impression of MSC’s onboard philosophy (or their marketing in the UK is very different from the rest of Europe).

  3. crociereuk says:

    Thats an Interesting point Kalle, The visit I went on was for Travel Agents and prosepective passengers. And MSC went out of the way to tell us about thier drinks packages, which are linked to at the bottom of the article.

    Perhaps I chose the wrong cruise line to show the two possible business models, however I was manily trying to highlight the point that cruise lines seem to be taking two different view points, I think a better comparison would have been Azamara and NCL. But maybe it is the case that MSC markets themselves differently in the UK than in the Rest of Europe.

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    […] On her last sailing her Captain M. E. Musson, is quoted as saying ‘All good things must come to an end’. Interestingly enough her former sister ship the Monarch of Bermuda was being  scrapped in Spain at the same time. Furness also looked towards a new concept of ‘Bed & Break fast cruise ships, which we looked into in ‘Why Hasn’t low-cost cruising taken off?‘ & ‘The Problem of Pricing’ […]

  2. 25/03/2015

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