I price out travel to post on the web for the large travel agency for which I am the webmaster. I have been reading with interest the many headlines about travel prices plunging.
However, I have noticed that despite all the hoopla the only prices to truly plunge have been Cruise Fares. Europe, Hawaii and Mexico vacations are more or less the same price frankly. However, cruises have never been lower.
How about a 7 night Greek Isle cruise for $799. This is not on one date, but for the entire month of May on Royal Caribbean Cruise’s Splendour of the Seas! I also found 10 Night Mediterranean cruises aboard Holland America Line for $999 for May. Interested in Mexico Cruise from Los Angeles or San Diego? Why settle for an inside cabin, when you can get an outside cabin with a Verandah for $699. These are really great prices.
However, in pricing out the least expensive 4 night Hawaii Packages from LAX or San Francisco, I am finding prices of $500 or more per person. And with a Hawaii package, you just begin dishing out the dough as food and drink are quite expensive.
Bottom Line: The Hawaii Travel Companies need to realize it’s a new world and provide value. Not lip service. The Hawaii State economy is depending on them.