Right off the bat, your per day rates tend to be lower on an older ship, compared to a newer ship operating a similar itinerary. Why? The newest cruise ships always have buzz about their cool new features (picture giant sliding boards and that drives demand up which naturally drives the price up. But the fact remains that a ship launched a decade (or two) ago can offer a great cruise experience to the same ports of call for, in most cases, far less money. We’ve even seen ocean-view staterooms on newer ships going for the price of a mini-suite on older ships on some Caribbean runs.