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An International Vacation For Very Little Money

A super value (buy) for an international vacation is now available in the marketplace. Cruise deals are available for as little as $50 a day per person for comfortable well-maintained accommodations with maid service, 3 meals daily, plus shipboard activities and nightly entertainment.

Cruise trips are a super bargain and the ship lines can provide outstanding value because of the efficiency with which they deliver their service. For example, the typical cruise ship has teams of room stewards, chefs and waiters working 7 days a week to clean 1,000 cabins per day and prepare and serve three or four meals a day to 2,000 passengers.

When the ship sails from the port of departure, they know exactly how many meals will be served for the entire cruise and the ship has been provisioned accordingly. Every cabin, table and employee is fully utilized, every day. That�s much more efficient and less wasteful than the system land-based hotels and restaurants that must employ to serve a much smaller group of customers who vary in number daily.

As ships have gotten larger and cruise lines have grown into billion-dollar enterprises, feeding and transporting more than 15 million passengers every year, the cruise lines� huge buying power has reduced their costs for everything consumed on the ship. Plus, larger ships and show lounges spread the cost of entertainers, the captain, officers and cruise director over more people.

And unlike airlines and hotels that accept empty seats and rooms during slow periods, cruise lines will do whatever it takes to sail full.

All lines, except the four 6-star cruise lines, will slash prices as low as they need to in order to fill every cabin. Even the 6-star lines are now offering discounts that were once unheard of.

They do this for two reasons. First, on most lines, a significant percentage of the crews� compensation comes from gratuities � and there are no gratuities from empty cabins. Second, venues such as casinos, spas, boutiques, photography studios, and excursion desks are completely dependent on onboard purchases, which of course are directly related to the number of people onboard.

All of this has resulted in the best bargains ever for people cruising today.

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