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Cruise price comparison 1970s/now

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  • Jim Davis
    Everything cost more now than it did in the 70's
    I started decking in 1971 for $16.00 per day. Putting 35 and 40 barge tows together. Cold winters on the Upper with 15 loads making locks in 2 watches.
    Gasoline was 69 cents a gallon, chicken was 29 cents a pound. In 1976 I bought a fully loaded Grand Prix, with the 400 engine, moon roof and electric everything, $4,250.00 cash. My new VW Super Beatle in 1973 was $1,950.00 and I surely miss it today.

    The cost of health care, housing, food and fuel are way out there from the 70's. I would have slapped someone in the mouth then if they would have told me that in 2005 I would by a Harley that cost more than my first home.

    What's a person to do? Either pay or don't Play.

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  • Judy Patsch
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    Cruise price comparison 1970s/now

    My first DQ trip in 1973 was a 3 day, $60 a day. In today's money that would be $273.65 a day. There was no single penalty - we had the share basis on any category of room. I was in a C, which then was one of six rooms without its own bathroom. This category has been gone since 1984, which is when they started allowing a share only on midrange and up rooms. My fare in 1983 was $105 a night, and had I booked something in '84, it would have jumped to $240 a night minimum. That spike happily coincided with my getting the job on the Natchez(at $3.45 an hour). So the current fares aren't too out of synch with the inflation rate, except for the singles penalty. My problem is my income, even before retirement, didn't keep up with inflation. This year I'm over $11,000 short of being even with my pay in 1973 vs. the cruise fare rate. Hence I've only done 2 trips since retiring - another note: back in my beginning cruising days, we had 3 day cruises. Now almost all are at least 7 days, so it ups the basic expense beyond the realm of possibility for me. Next year's fares we know are only going one way, and it isn't back toward us common folk...back in the 70s a kid yelled up to me at a lock, "Are you all rich?" My reply was that no, we weren't. The trip wasn't cheap, but we weren't rich either. Next year I don't know if one could answer that question in the same manner... (depends on the definition of 'rich', 'affluent', etc. too but its a heck of a lot more money than I make!)