According to a story this week in Travel Weekly, the Carnival Corp. owned Costa Concordia sinking in January and her sister ship the Costa Allegra losing power in the Indian Ocean and being towed to port this month have spooked potential cruisers.
What began as a slam-bang Wave Season, the January to March period when most cruise bookings are made, is ending in a fizzle. Frequent cruisers who hadn't already committed are waiting for bargains and first-timers are backing away.
Industry experts and marketing directors for the cruise lines are on many different pages with their plans and predictions, but extending the Wave Season has been suggested.
Summer and fall of 2012 may be a great opportunity for last minute bargains so keep your passport and luggage ready.