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Just now, MMDown Under said:

Fees and taxes aren't usually a big part of the overall cost.

What makes this a deal is the extras -  included gratuities, premier beverage package open bar, wifi plus a dinner in a speciality restaurant.  

Agreed. Gratuities and the premier beverage package are big inclusions.

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I just booked a Carnival cruise for January  next year. 11 nights to South Pacific, $800 total for a balcony that I chose.  That's not per person, that's total. Something is whacked  with their prices. There were other cruises that were/are similarly priced sailing to various destinations. But when I thought I'd try and book a second cruise at those prices, going through the booking process, those rates went missing.

 

I just had to pay in full at the time of booking 

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7 hours ago, plettza said:

I just booked a Carnival cruise for January  next year. 11 nights to South Pacific, $800 total for a balcony that I chose.  That's not per person, that's total. Something is whacked  with their prices. There were other cruises that were/are similarly priced sailing to various destinations. But when I thought I'd try and book a second cruise at those prices, going through the booking process, those rates went missing.

 

I just had to pay in full at the time of booking 

What ship please???????

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38 minutes ago, portcbob said:

What ship please???????

Splendor ex Sydney.

 

Checking the site again, those prices are no longer there at all. I must've jagged a flash sail. It was under their Pack ''n' Sail deal.

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3 hours ago, plettza said:

Splendor ex Sydney.

 

Checking the site again, those prices are no longer there at all. I must've jagged a flash sail. It was under their Pack ''n' Sail deal.

It also could have been an error. I have heard of that happening. When it did, the cruiseline honoured it. Enjoy your super-special cruise.

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24 minutes ago, Aus Traveller said:

It also could have been an error. I have heard of that happening. When it did, the cruiseline honoured it. Enjoy your super-special cruise.

It was a strange occurrence. When i opened an I Private browser window and my partner logged in with her VIFP number, none of those deals appeared. Nada. 

 

I gather it was just be related to my VIFP number somehow. 

 

And to confirm, I didn't sneak off the US site. These deals were in AUD and included port fees, taxes, etc. 

 

The offer had a rate code but I didn't get a screen shot of that. I probably should've taken more screen shots to back up my side of events. 

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I think once the go ahead is given prices will rise as people will start booking. We've booked a cruise in Nov on Princess (using our free cruise credits). Just 7 nights. It's gone up $260pp since we booked 3 months ago.  

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Now that we have been given the GREEN light. Time to start posting those baragins. I have seen lots of emails come through from cruise agents yesterday about cruising starting up again and I got a notification about PO flash sale. 

 

So anyone one come across any real baragins. 

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1 hour ago, MicCanberra said:

No real definite bargains as yet and an waiting on P&O to put out their revised cruise itineraries 

Hi Mic, I booked on Tuesday on one of their new cruises out of Sydney on the Explorer so some of their  early revised itineraries are out.

Thought that I'd jump in and get one of those big mini suites on the Explorer.

There are also new things that you get with some of the room categories as well so worth checking out what you get with each room before you book.

 

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I booked Adventure to the Barrier Reef ages ago and it has been changed to Explorer - it's a cruise so I am going, and it is cheap.   

 

Princess cruises are not cheap for the next year but I did get a FCC as compensation for not going on Melb/Singapore on Majestic when we were able to cancel the night before boarding due to the Pandemic.   I have regretted not going at least Melb/Perth.  At the time we thought the pandemic would only last about 6-12 months.

 

My last cruise was on the Emerald November/December 2019.  

 

We are looking forward to boarding Pacific Explorer.

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If you have cruised with Carnival, keep an eye on your emails, I got an offer like @plettza and can book a cabin for a 10 nighter out of Sydney  for 320 pp, ocean view. It is for certain cruises, can only be used once and only for 2 people but is an amazing deal. There is also a 9 night NZ offering in November this year for under 300 pp, inside cabin.

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5 minutes ago, LincolnLegend said:

If you have cruised with Carnival, keep an eye on your emails, I got an offer like @plettza and can book a cabin for a 10 nighter out of Sydney  for 320 pp, ocean view. It is for certain cruises, can only be used once and only for 2 people but is an amazing deal. There is also a 9 night NZ offering in November this year for under 300 pp, inside cabin.

Could those great prices be because not as many passengers are willing to cruise inside after covid?  I would expect balcony cabins would be in higher demand than previously.  

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4 minutes ago, MMDown Under said:

Could those great prices be because not as many passengers are willing to cruise inside after covid?  I would expect balcony cabins would be in higher demand than previously.  

I'm honestly not sure, on some there are balcony cabins available very cheap and some are only inside or ocean view, maybe they are just trying to fill up the ships before they get here.

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https://pro.cruising.com.au/swift/cruise/package/1276182--11-night-south-pacific-cruise?siid=196997&lang=7

 

I booked this one, a balcony on radiance $3100 for a couple, same cruise via RCL website $5200

Although always check the travel agents site as when I went in they said there were no rooms at that, so I walked out booked it online ( with the same travel agent) then went back inside to show them my booking and they then took it from there and sorted by deposit etc.

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Just booked 8 days on Carnival spendour to Islands in January 2023, Balcony cabin (and got to choose our cabin for $740 TOTAL for the 2 of us.  Also get $100 OBC .Have to pay in full

 

The link was through an email my hubby got from Carnival.

 

Happy days 🙂

 

Tanya

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1 hour ago, MMDown Under said:

Could those great prices be because not as many passengers are willing to cruise inside after covid?  I would expect balcony cabins would be in higher demand than previously.  

It mostly seems to be supply and demand for cruise cabin prices.

We book insides half the time as we are able to do more cruises per year but with the 7 cruises we currently have booked no one of them is an inside. So perhaps there is less demand at the moment for them.

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43 minutes ago, stki said:

Just booked 8 days on Carnival spendour to Islands in January 2023, Balcony cabin (and got to choose our cabin for $740 TOTAL for the 2 of us.  Also get $100 OBC .Have to pay in full

 

The link was through an email my hubby got from Carnival.

 

Happy days 🙂

 

Tanya

That's excellent going, great bargain, I don't think I have ever seen 8 nights on any ship for $370 PP well done indeed.

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1 hour ago, MMDown Under said:

Could those great prices be because not as many passengers are willing to cruise inside after covid?  I would expect balcony cabins would be in higher demand than previously.  

I just checked my 10 day P&O cruise in June this year that only went on sale late Tuesday and now there are only inside and oceanviews left. Just as well I got the tip off on this board that the P&O replacement cruises had gone on sale on Tuesday.

Maybe there might be continued good prices on insides for a while.

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23 minutes ago, kidzplay said:

That's excellent going, great bargain, I don't think I have ever seen 8 nights on any ship for $370 PP well done indeed.

My daughter has had the same offer which was actually sent to me, as I had booked the last cruise on carnival.    I thought it was for me but no only for her..,it seems she went to the casino and spent some money,,,but only on drinks because there was no queues there.!

 

i don’t use the Casio.  I phoned Carnival and they explained why she got the offer.   She is going overseas this year so can’t use the offer!  Bad luck!

 

eileen

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5 hours ago, sewgood said:

Hi Mic, I booked on Tuesday on one of their new cruises out of Sydney on the Explorer so some of their  early revised itineraries are out.

Thought that I'd jump in and get one of those big mini suites on the Explorer.

There are also new things that you get with some of the room categories as well so worth checking out what you get with each room before you book.

 

The Explorer is basically taking over the ships cruises, I want to see what the Encounter and Adventure is doing before deciding.

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4 hours ago, stki said:

Just booked 8 days on Carnival spendour to Islands in January 2023, Balcony cabin (and got to choose our cabin for $740 TOTAL for the 2 of us.  Also get $100 OBC .Have to pay in full

 

The link was through an email my hubby got from Carnival.

 

Happy days 🙂

 

Tanya

That's great but we're do we get that price 🤷‍♂️

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