Hi gang. Time to pick your brains, before I add this tip to the Cruiser's Compass. This is what I'm thinking of adding: Tell me if this would be allowed.
Getting the best of all worlds:
As I've mentioned before, Carnival now offers special guaranteed lowest rate fare, for their passengers that book early. These "Early Saver Rates" offer great prices, but come with restrictions that the regular bookings lack. The most significant feature being that they are nonrefundable. ...And of course you already know that the earlier you book, the higher the chance that you'll snag one of those fabulous corner aft cabins, or some other prime location.... All the more reason to book early.
But what if your life doesn't come with guarantees. What if you aren't sure you can get off work for that particular week, a year away? How do you secure the best cabin pick, take advantage of the ESR fares, AND still retain the ability to cancel with a full refund should the boss nix your week off ?
The answer: Book early, but at the higher, regular rate. Then later, after your plans are definite, (but still sometime before the ESRs expire) you can switch to Early Saver, giving you the best of all worlds.