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Yet another price drop!!!

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
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#1
Just checked the rates again for my upcoming Splendor cruise, and discovered yet another $100./per cabin reduction in price. Sent off my forms immediately!!! That's a $640 (two cabins) reduction in price in the last two weeks!! I'm a happy guy!!! :biggrin:
 

Mbandy

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#3
Had another cruiser yesterday. A 5 night cruise. $400 drop. On the double cabin... $470 for the triple.

Good for you Jeff!! Pretty soon Carnival will be paying you to go cruising!!
 

MisterD21

If you take me serious, it's your problem
#4
was just checking Jeff's splendor cruise for fun to see if they were still trying to book cabins. it seems as if the rates are kinda high, at 100.00- 130.00 a night for an interior i have to think those are regular rates for that itinarary. maybe i'm just not familiar with rates when sailing from NYC... just seems kind of high for reduced rates.
 
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Jamman

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#5
July and August are PRIME TIME for cruises out of NYC. Prices drop dramatically the end of August until the high priced Christmas and New Years cruises. Being that my wife is a teacher, and my boys are still in high school, we are forced to cruise during prime times. We can't wait til we are retired and the kids are gone..... We have had to pay much higher rates for the same cruise in the past.
 

MisterD21

If you take me serious, it's your problem
#6
July and August are PRIME TIME for cruises out of NYC. Prices drop dramatically the end of August until the high priced Christmas and New Years cruises. Being that my wife is a teacher, and my boys are still in high school, we are forced to cruise during prime times. We can't wait til we are retired and the kids are gone..... We have had to pay much higher rates for the same cruise in the past.
​wow... i had no idea it is so expensive to cruise out of NYC.. so like 150.00 a night isn't out of the realm of reality then, and during peak months may even be higher??
 

Jamman

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#7
Rates from September thru May in NYC are about half of the June to August rates (except Holiday & Spring Break). The ships sail FULL during the summer months, which is one reason Carnival upsized from the Miracle to the Splendor. Our particular cruise has some of the cheapest rates for the summer. Check out the rates in July!! :shrug:
 
#9
July and August are PRIME TIME for cruises out of NYC. Prices drop dramatically the end of August until the high priced Christmas and New Years cruises. Being that my wife is a teacher, and my boys are still in high school, we are forced to cruise during prime times. We can't wait til we are retired and the kids are gone..... We have had to pay much higher rates for the same cruise in the past.
same here! congrats on the price drop
 

Cruizer

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#10
Well, at last. I thought I saw a price drop on my cruise. Not sure though, so I e-mailed my travel agent. It was only $20, but what the heck. TA mailed me back. Carnival would not give me a price break, but did offer a $25 OBC. Works for me (though I realize it works better for Carnival - $25 OBC actually cost Carnival less than a $20 price drop).
 

Jamman

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#11
Well, at last. I thought I saw a price drop on my cruise. Not sure though, so I e-mailed my travel agent. It was only $20, but what the heck. TA mailed me back. Carnival would not give me a price break, but did offer a $25 OBC. Works for me (though I realize it works better for Carnival - $25 OBC actually cost Carnival less than a $20 price drop).
I take it that you didn't book at Early Saver rates. Hey, $25 OBC is a start. Still $25. less you have to pay against your S&S balance!
 

Cruizer

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#12
I take it that you didn't book at Early Saver rates. Hey, $25 OBC is a start. Still $25. less you have to pay against your S&S balance!
Not only am I booked on an ES rate, but final payment isn't due yet. I have no idea what is going through Carnival's mind. First I book a cruise and Carnival charters the cruise out from under me. So I rebook in the same cabin on the same ship two weeks earlier and Carnival will not honor the price that I originally booked at - even though it was Carnival's decision that forced me to move - not my choice (of course now it works out much better for me, but that is another story). And now this crazy logic.
 

Karry

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#13
Not only am I booked on an ES rate, but final payment isn't due yet. I have no idea what is going through Carnival's mind. First I book a cruise and Carnival charters the cruise out from under me. So I rebook in the same cabin on the same ship two weeks earlier and Carnival will not honor the price that I originally booked at - even though it was Carnival's decision that forced me to move - not my choice (of course now it works out much better for me, but that is another story). And now this crazy logic.
That's nuts....:madd: What ship are you booked on?
 

Cruizer

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#14
That's nuts....:madd: What ship are you booked on?
Originally the Sept 27 cruise of the Carnival Inspiration. I was booked at the $678 ES rate. That cruise was chartered out from under me. Rebooked on the Sept 13 cruise. Carnival would not honor the $678 rate, so I had to rebook at the $718 ES rate. Eventually the rate went up to $738 and while everyone was grabbing price drops right and left, I was left with looking at a rate that had gone up $20. Finally the rate fell to $698. $20 is $20, so I asked my TA to see if I could take advantage of the price drop. No, but instead I get a $25 OBC. Strange, but okay [though I am still a little miffed that Carnival didn't honor the original $678 rate since it was Carnival's actions (not my own) that forced me to rebook].
 

Jamman

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#15
Originally the Sept 27 cruise of the Carnival Inspiration. I was booked at the $678 ES rate. That cruise was chartered out from under me. Rebooked on the Sept 13 cruise. Carnival would not honor the $678 rate, so I had to rebook at the $718 ES rate. Eventually the rate went up to $738 and while everyone was grabbing price drops right and left, I was left with looking at a rate that had gone up $20. Finally the rate fell to $698. $20 is $20, so I asked my TA to see if I could take advantage of the price drop. No, but instead I get a $25 OBC. Strange, but okay [though I am still a little miffed that Carnival didn't honor the original $678 rate since it was Carnival's actions (not my own) that forced me to rebook].
That sucks that you weren't allowed to rebook at the original rate, since like you said, they forced you to rebook. They should have honored that rate, but what puzzles me is how they handled the price drop. Under the ES rules, as long as you were comparing the rates using the exact same category, sailing date, passengers, etc, since it was before final payment, they should have given you a $20 dollar reduction on the balanced owed, not an OBC. OBC's and upgrades are only given AFTER final payment, up to two days before sailing. You were given a $25. OBC rather than a $20 reduction, so I guess you made out there, but that's not how it's normally done. Also, the next time you see a price drop, put in for it yourself, using the Early Saver Form, and see what happens.
 
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MisterD21

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#16
That sucks that you weren't allowed to rebook at the original rate, since like you said, they forced you to rebook. They should have honored that rate, but what puzzles me is how they handled the price drop. Under the ES rules, as long as you were comparing the rates using the exact same category, sailing date, passengers, etc, since it was before final payment, they should have given you a $20 dollar reduction on the balanced owed, not an OBC. OBC's and upgrades are only given AFTER final payment, up to two days before sailing. You were given a $25. OBC rather than a $20 reduction, so I guess you made out there, but that's not how it's normally done. Also, the next time you see a price drop, put in for it yourself, using the Early Saver Form, and see what happens.


what is really funny is that carnival apparently doesn't follow any guideline when it comes to price drops. both of my price drops were issued after final payment and i received both an fare reduction, and an OBC for two different fare reductions. to date i have 4 different rate reductions for two different cabins. one was "past guest" and the other is an "ES" booking. received two price drops for each. on the "ES" cabin i received both reductions as OBC's, on the past guest i received one as a "fare reduction" and the other as an OBC... Sooo.... i think it probably matters more who is on the other end of the phone/computer when you receive the price drops... but i don't care, come on carnival, keep them rate reductions coming.
:doubleup::biggrin::cheer:
 

Cruizer

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#17
Well, this just gets better. There was another price drop. Another $20. So now the price is down to the original fare I booked at when I originally booked the cruise that would have left two weeks later. So, I e-mailed my travel agent again.

Her reply was that Carnival would not honor the price drop and allow me to keep the $25 OBC. Okay, so I hve to choose between a $40 price drop or $25 OBC. I've requested the $40 price drop.

So here is the thing. The games Carnival is playing with the price drops and OBC don't bother me one bit. What did bother me is that Carnival would not allow me to rebook at the same price for the same cabin on the same ship two weeks earlier because Carnival forced me to change sail dates (even though in the end it may work out to my advantage - but that is a different story). Yet now I am back to the original price I wanted to book at. Had Carnival allowed me to do this five months ago we would be at the same point we are now, except I would not be miffed at Carnival.
 

Cruizer

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#18
Well, back to square three. Here is the note I received from my travel agent ...


The promotion you saw is not available in the same or higher category. You can only the book the new rate if it is in the same category or a higher category. They have lowered the fare by $20 but in the process you lost your shipboard credit. I have to contact sales on Monday and see if they will reinstate the SBC and the old fare as when I pointed out their mistake they were unable to fix it and put back the SBC. Thus your discount is only $20 and the SBC would be more at $25.00. I will let you know once I hear back from Carnival Sales Department.