NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the wake of the terrible tale of the stricken Carnival Triumph – and a Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ship hit with norovirus in the news Friday – the cruise industry is delivering deep discounts and lots of extras. Potential travelers, with images of crippled ships and sickened passengers fresh in their minds, have a few things to consider before they jump at deals.
But even some of those who were on the ill-fated Triumph are having a hard time not cashing in. Travel agent and cruise blogger Jill Noble, 43, was aboard the Triumph and had an awful time. That didn’t stop her from taking the free cruise and $500 credit she got for her ordeal and applying it toward a cruise she had previously booked. She also renegotiated the overall price based on a huge fare discount in Carnival’s latest sale, which she says had price drops of up to $400 per cabin when the norm in a sale is $200-$250.