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Redneck Cruise Reviews

Independent cruising tips for the professional at Leisure


Here are my observations of the income segregation of the cruise market, one that has opened-up the area I call "redneck cruising".  For a complete overview of the cruise market, see my notes and Cruise Reviews.

While Cunard Cruises offers the ultimate in highbrow luxury with 5-star restaurants like Spago, and Crystal cruises is designed for professionals at leisure, rednecks gravitate to the lower end with the no-frills cruise lines like Costa and Carnival.  Disney Cruises is all about kids, and Carnival is all about under-30 young'ins.  Lots' of partying and daily drink specials. 

For rednecks, Costa, Carnival, Royal Caribbean's older ships offer steerage class travel.  Nothing fancy and food like your elementary school cafeteria.  Popular with rednecks, the working poor, welfare recipients, ex-cons and practicing Catholic and Mormon families who want to take the whole family.

Even within the same cruise line you see segmented classes.  The older, smaller ships offer cheaper rates, and I suspect that the cruise lines use these "redneck cruises" to train their staff for the larger ships.

If you take a look at the construction of a cruise ship, they are really nothing more than a freighter, stacked up with tiny single-wide trailers.

It's just like redneck nirvana, a floating trailer park stacked up like kindling.

So, what do the cruise lines do with their elderly ships?  Let's take a closer look at their ingenious marketing of luxury cruises for the poor!

Riding the older scows - redneck cruising

With over 40,000 passengers plying the Caribbean every week, the cruise lines offer spectacular discounts to passengers who are willing to sail the older scows, generally any ship that is over a decade old.

Here is a list of cruise ships by date built.  Note that any ship over 10 years old is likely to offer far cheaper rates, and far inferior food and service.  Some cruise lines are revamping their older scows, packaging them as "intimate" cruises.  The new Azamara cruise line is just one example.

Some cruise lines are placing their older scows in ports like Norfolk, where people who cannot afford an airline ticket can drive to the port, and save even more money.

Not all Rednecks can afford to fly to the cruise port

For more on Redneck cruises, see:






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