Cruise lines cut prices, redesign itineraries

02/16/2009 | NYTimes.com

Cruise lines are featuring bigger, newer ships with enhanced onboard amenities, but cruises may actually be getting less expensive to cater to financially nervous travelers. Beyond dropping prices, cruise lines are also reconfiguring their itineraries, offering shorter cruises that are closer to home. "We are talking more about value than we have in the past," said Brad Ball, a spokesman for Silversea Cruises. "We are offering more seven- and nine-day options. With a seven-day cruise, you add in two days of travel time and are really only away from the office for about a week."

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