Travel plans and spending among affluent consumers are holding steady, but cruising is suffering a decline in demand, the Spring 2013 report by the American Affluence Research Center shows. "Plans to cruise during the next year went down; we're at a low point in terms of the historical readings we've had for planning a cruise. It may have been because of negative publicity from Carnival malfunctions," said Ron Kurtz, president of the American Affluence Research Center.

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