Cruise Bookings, Prices Don’t See Dip After Ship Stuck At Sea


UPDATED: Friday February 15, 2013 6:14 PM

The disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph doesn't appear to have affected cruise prices and bookings—yet.

Despite what happened, cruising remains a popular way to vacation.

AAA said not one client has called to cancel a cruise since the Carnival cruise ship debacle began, leaving 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members stranded at sea for five days.

"There are millions and millions of people that cruise.  The popularity of cruising continues to grow.  And really, for the most part, cruising is a very safe means of travel,” said Kimberly Schwind, an AAA travel agent.

Still, she recommends cruisers take a passport, even though it isn’t required when cruising between U-S ports.

The Triumph was first scheduled to be towed to Mexico.

"If the ship had docked in Mexico, where all of these people didn't have passports, they would have had a hard time getting back into the United States,” she said.

To be safe on a cruise - AAA recommends you participate in muster drills to know how to evacuate the ship, register your international travel with the U.S. State department and to pack for emergencies.

“We always talk about being prepared with emergency kits, whether you're at home, in your car. It's a good idea if you're going on a cruise, pack a little emergency kit.  Have some extra cash, a flashlight, some non perishable food with you. Just in case something happens," Schwind said.

The other thing to consider is travel insurance. Although in the case of the Triumph it wouldn't have paid off a claim, because the cruise line is refunding everybody's money and giving a free future cruise.

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