Excursions: Low Fares on the High Seas

Pleasure cruises were once reserved for people with plenty of money and plenty of time. No longer. The success of The Love Boat on TV helped stir demand for ocean voyages, and cruise companies are enlarging their fleets. Since 1981 the industry has launched seven new ships, bringing the number of luxury liners serving the U.S. to about 75. In addition, many vessels have been rebuilt to increase their capacity. This expansion has set off a fierce competition for passengers, driving down the price of a brief cruise to within the means...

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