I haven't gone back to Carnival, yet......If you go back and look at your CET cruises you should find there has been that type of fee but perhaps called a different name.
But I wanted to backup what you said about the Admin Fees NCL charges nowadays.
Agree, my past Freebie Ncl comp cruises from CET did NOT include any addl Admin fees, like an extra $250 for no good reason.
But they do Now.
It does make me take pause.....
I've been cruising several years in CAS cabins. All of my CET (I'm SevenStars) certificates have had a charge that has gone through several name changes. It used to be 160, then has slowly grown to 200 per person per week. It's been called 'non-commisionable fare' and 'admin fee' and probably several other things but it's always been there.
When we started calling CAS directly for a comp, the per week fee has remained the same as our CET cabins. We will probably continue to cruise on CET (balcony) certificates and direct from CAS (Oceanview) for 4 or 5 cruises a year as we have enjoyed NCL.
What has changed is the 18% fees added to some of the promos like UBP. First there was no charge, then that fee has climbed from around 65 to 99 or so. We still find these cruises to be just what we want to do and the comps that come with our status with CAS have been easy to understand.
You have to decide what works best for you. I've been reading on these forums about those cruising on casino invites from other lines and it appears less clear about getting a comped cabin from them. CAS has always been very honest and easy to deal with when we call about booking a cruise.
It's just like Vegas in a way. With CET I know exactly what comps I can get. With MGM they want you to stay and play heavily for a few days and then they will see what they can comp for you. One nasty to deal with 'host on duty' at MGM has lost our business.
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