Post-Triumph, price drops are not likely, cruise experts say

02/25/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The fire that left the Carnival Triumph adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico is unlikely to cause a drop in bookings and price cuts to attract hesitant cruisers, several experts say. Records show that earlier incidents, including the grounding of the Costa Concordia in 2012 and the Carnival Splendor fire in 2010, did not lead to significant booking declines. "There may be a hiccup in bookings, but people have moved on," said Stewart Chiron, founder of the Cruise Guy website.

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