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20 minutes ago, GUT2407 said:

I can remember when I considered all cruises too expensive, many still do.

It also depends on what type of cabin you choose to cruise in. We often choose inside cabins and consider balcony cabins too expensive in comparison. But on other cruises we've happily paid for a balcony cabin. We even had a suite once but that was a very rare last minute bargain.

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22 minutes ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

It also depends on what type of cabin you choose to cruise in. We often choose inside cabins and consider balcony cabins too expensive in comparison. But on other cruises we've happily paid for a balcony cabin. We even had a suite once but that was a very rare last minute bargain.

Yep, no way I would do an inside, I spend too much time in my cabin, so normally a balcony splurged on concierge class. Once, it was $10 a day less than balcony for some strange reason and took a couple of mini suites when I was set on the cruise and couldn’t;t get anything else accessible, one line charged the same as a balcony which was very nice, the other was a short cruise. But to be honest on most ships an accessible balcony is bigger than a standard mini suite anyway. On one ship the accessible mini was as big as the full suite we had visited on another ship.

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12 minutes ago, Chiliburn said:

People don’t think of the bottom line with a suite.

Free booze,a dedicated restaurant with better food and atmosphere,jump the lines,free ship tours and it goes on.

It depends on what you want out of a cruise, if it is what is included then worth it.

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16 minutes ago, Chiliburn said:

People don’t think of the bottom line with a suite.

Free booze,a dedicated restaurant with better food and atmosphere,jump the lines,free ship tours and it goes on.

That depends on the cruise line. The suite we had was on Carnival so priority boarding and tendering, and two free bottles of water, were the only perks.

 

I track all the cruises we've done, comparing the pp per day price as a base price, and price including drinks which gives me a closer comparison to the all inclusive lines. OK, that doesn't include speciality restaurants but it's easy enough to add a few dollars for that, and we get some free internet on Princess so I don't include that either.

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51 minutes ago, Chiliburn said:

Doesn’t princess have a suite lounge?

We were on symphony of the seas and it had a open bar from 11am till 11pm in the suite lounge.

A lovely venue.
 

No, I don't think any of the Princess ships has a suite lounge. They have a Platinum/Elite/Suites "lounge", every sea day on most ships but not all, where they serve a limited selection of cheaper cocktails and have some nice munchies which vary every night, but that only runs for an hour ot two. 

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1 hour ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

No, I don't think any of the Princess ships has a suite lounge. They have a Platinum/Elite/Suites "lounge", every sea day on most ships but not all, where they serve a limited selection of cheaper cocktails and have some nice munchies which vary every night, but that only runs for an hour ot two. 

There was a separate VIP Lounge on the Majestic, only open to Suite passengers. Not particularly pleasant. Its an internal space without natural light on Marina deck I think. 

 

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1 hour ago, mum and son said:

There was a separate VIP Lounge on the Majestic, only open to Suite passengers. Not particularly pleasant. Its an internal space without natural light on Marina deck I think. 

 

We went there on an Ultimate Ships Tour and weren't impressed. Didn't compare in any way to Micheal's on Celebrity with the piano and the bar tender, plus windows.

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I see Carnival cruises have a 72 hour sale on at the moment for cruises ex Australia for departures through to June 2022. The t&cs are pretty tough ie full payment now, non refundable, room allocation 30 days prior to travel. That's a no from me no matter how good a deal they may be, COVID-19 aside I just can't pay out money that far in advance others may feel differently though.

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2 minutes ago, Cruisegroover said:

I see Carnival cruises have a 72 hour sale on at the moment for cruises ex Australia for departures early 2021. The t&cs are pretty tough ie full payment now, non refundable, room allocation 30 days prior to travel. That's a no from me no matter how good a deal they may be, COVID-19 aside I just can't pay out money that far in advance others may feel differently though.

Looks like they want to get the money rolling in.😉 I am like you and won't be taking up their offer.

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6 minutes ago, Cruisegroover said:

I see Carnival cruises have a 72 hour sale on at the moment for cruises ex Australia for departures early 2021. The t&cs are pretty tough ie full payment now, non refundable, room allocation 30 days prior to travel. That's a no from me no matter how good a deal they may be, COVID-19 aside I just can't pay out money that far in advance others may feel differently though.

I find it hard to believe that Carnival would be selling cruises, with full payment now, and non refundable.  Australian waters are not even open for cruising at present.  How could anyone trust a cruiseline which does that?  Have Carnival provided refunds for all cruises cancelled because of corona virus?

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8 minutes ago, MMDown Under said:

I find it hard to believe that Carnival would be selling cruises, with full payment now, and non refundable.  Australian waters are not even open for cruising at present.  How could anyone trust a cruiseline which does that?  Have Carnival provided refunds for all cruises cancelled because of corona virus?

 It should have said through to June 22 and have now corrected. 

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17 minutes ago, By The Bay said:

Looks like they want to get the money rolling in.😉 I am like you and won't be taking up their offer.

Sorry my bad I have now corrected to through to June 2022.

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2 minutes ago, Cruisegroover said:

Sorry my bad I should have typed 2022 but typed 2021 I have now corrected.

Sorry my bad I should have typed 2022 - I have now corrected.

So Carnival wants full payment, non refundable for a cruise in 2022?  Seems the risk is all on the passenger, with so many things unknown about the corona virus, at this time.  I personally think there will be no trouble getting cabins, at the last minute, once ships are cruising again.  I have always done it, in the past. 

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I see Carnival cruises have a 72 hour sale on at the moment for cruises ex Australia for departures through to June 2022. The t&cs are pretty tough ie full payment now, non refundable, room allocation 30 days prior to travel. That's a no from me no matter how good a deal they may be, COVID-19 aside I just can't pay out money that far in advance others may feel differently though.

Are you sure this deal is only for 72 hours? Because I have seen these low prices for ex Australia departures for many days now. 

 

The NON REFUNDABLE deposit is approximately 41 to 46% of the total fare including port fees and taxes.

The fare code is "KSV."

is this the same as "early saver fare" ?

 

Because I read that in case of an "early saver fare", if you cancel any time from the date of booking upto 91 days before sailing, you will get a cruise credit of the deposit amount less $50 processing fee per person ($100 per cabin deducted from the future cruise credit)

This future Cruise credit is non refundable and non transferable.

So, no cash refund under any circumstances. Also $100 penalty.

 

So if your deposit is $500 and you cancel anytime after booking up to 91 days before sailing, they will give you a future cruise credit certificate of just $400 after deducting $100 penalty.

is this true?

 

The fare code is KSV for ex Australia departures. Is this the same as the early saver fare?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, drsel said:

Are you sure this deal is only for 72 hours? Because I have seen these low prices for ex Australia departures for many days now. 

 

The NON REFUNDABLE deposit is approximately 41 to 46% of the total fare including port fees and taxes.

The fare code is "KSV."

is this the same as "early saver fare" ?

 

Because I read that in case of an "early saver fare", if you cancel any time from the date of booking upto 91 days before sailing, you will get a cruise credit of the deposit amount less $50 processing fee per person ($100 per cabin deducted from the future cruise credit)

This future Cruise credit is non refundable and non transferable.

So, no cash refund under any circumstances. Also $100 penalty.

 

So if your deposit is $500 and you cancel anytime after booking up to 91 days before sailing, they will give you a future cruise credit certificate of just $400 after deducting $100 penalty.

is this true?

 

The fare code is KSV for ex Australia departures. Is this the same as the early saver fare?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There appears to be several sales running at the same time - I took this screenshot just now. Maybe it depends on what cruise you choose as it says selected cruises.

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There appears to be several sales running at the same time - I took this screenshot just now. Maybe it depends on what cruise you choose as it says selected cruises.
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The information I quoted is from their main website www.carnival.com
The NON refundable deposit is 41-46% of the total fare
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I know some online TA's are trying to tempt cruise bookings with $1 deposit. However, read the fine print carefully as it might say full payment made 6 months prior to cruise date.

 

I;m not booking nothing until there is a much clearer picture. At the moment they just trying to raise revenue off you.

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3 hours ago, icat2000 said:

I know some online TA's are trying to tempt cruise bookings with $1 deposit. However, read the fine print carefully as it might say full payment made 6 months prior to cruise date.

 

I;m not booking nothing until there is a much clearer picture. At the moment they just trying to raise revenue off you.

 

But that's really not so bad.

 

If you're not satisfied with the situation 6 months out, just walk away from your $1 deposit. You haven't really lost anything so that's not really a reason to not book a $1 deposit.

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8 hours ago, The_Big_M said:

 

But that's really not so bad.

 

If you're not satisfied with the situation 6 months out, just walk away from your $1 deposit. You haven't really lost anything so that's not really a reason to not book a $1 deposit.

 

Good point. 

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I know some online TA's are trying to tempt cruise bookings with $1 deposit. However, read the fine print carefully as it might say full payment made 6 months prior to cruise date.
 
I;m not booking nothing until there is a much clearer picture. At the moment they just trying to raise revenue off you.
I would like to book Carnival and Princess with a $1 deposit.
How do I find out where to get these $1 bookings?
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