Many, but not all, cruise prices dropped for early 2019

Recent research by digital cruise advisor shows that some cruise lines offer more discounts for January 2019 departures compared to the same time last year - but it depends on the cruise line.

While the analysis found that the average cruise price per day actually increased by around three percent - from $397 to $407 per person per night - it also showed substantial price discounts for certain cruise lines.

Family favorite Disney Cruise Line leads in lower prices, offering cabins at significantly cheaper rates as compared to the same time last year. While a customer had to pay $317 per day for a cruise in January 2018 if booked by late November 2017, fares for the same period one year later are a whopping 31 percent lower, with cabins available at $220 per day for January 2019.

Celebrity Solstice

Some luxury lines are also offering significant savings compared to January 2018. Regent Seven Seas is offering cabins for about 30 percent less than last year's prices, while even Seabourn offers 25 percent lower prices than the same time last year.

Mainstream cruise lines are also offering better prices in the new year; by around 10 percent in many cases.

In the mainstream cruise market, Costa Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, and Holland America Line are offering between five and 18 percent savings compared to last year on individual available cabins, whereas Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean remain at virtually at the same level of deals. Carnival Cruises actually offers fewer bargain cabins available at an average increase of seven percent.

While some premium and luxury lines have reduced prices, others are increasing prices by up to 60 percent compared to last year.

Norwegian Pearl

Crystal Cruises and Windstar are both offering price reductions of approximately 10 percent while Oceania is maintaining stable prices. Running counter to the trend, Azamara Club Cruises and Cunard are both offering January prices at around a 10 percent price increase.

Silversea Cruises, Ponant, and Viking Cruises all seem to have a higher occupancy demand and likely as a result, all three lines have increased prices this year. Silversea and Ponant raised prices by over 20 percent while Viking hiked fares by a massive 60 percent.

For its study, analyzed more than 13 million data points. Analysts looked at cruise pricing on November 25, 2018, and compared it with the same view of November 25, 2017, comparing the average cheapest cabin available across all sailings by cruise line for departures in January.

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