dcandme13 Posted March 25, 2015 #1 Share Posted March 25, 2015 Hello! I'm home from my first cruise ever, and wanted to give a little review. I was on this forum all the time once I booked reading all kinds of threads and reviews so thought I would return the favor for future first time cruisers!! I will add a few pictures along the way but I didn't take as many as I thought I would, and def no food porn as I'm not that picky about eating lol. I'll break it up into the comments like most do on here but I'm still trying to type it all up so be patient with me:) First a quick background. My sister and I were looking to do a little girls trip for ourselves, we are both in our 30s (her 32 and me 37) and we are also new moms so this is something we have never done before just the 2 of us. It has always been with friends, boyfriends, family or now our husbands and kids. So we were calling this our "Mommy is off duty trip". She lives in Minnesota and I’m in AZ so she planned on flying here and for us to find something to do from here to get her out of the cold weather...after the usual research and thoughts like Vegas, beach weekend in Cali, theme parks or a spa resort of some sort, I decided to start looking into cruises. I had previously shyed away from this option in my younger years because it wasn't truely "all inclusive" because your soda/booze is not included like at all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico (I have been to Playa De Carmen twice now for this kind of booze-a-thon) But I thought my liquor tolerance isn't what it used to be and I'm not vacationing for the bar-tab per say, so decided to start my research and forum stalking. In order not to be away from the families to long being as she had 2 more travel days then I would with her flights here and back we decided on a 3 day cruise from Long Beach to Ensenada Mexico which also included a day at sea. My booking process: Booked 3 day Ensenada cruise on Inspiration online at Carnival.com back in Sept 2014 for me and my sister...had booked ES with price guarantee and had an inside porthole room on M deck that I picked. About a month later got an email to upgrade to an OV room for $20 total. ..I took it, replied online and I picked a room on Empress deck.... Almost daily I would go online to Carnival and just see what the price for an OV room for my cruise was going for to see one, if I got a good deal with the $20 upgrade which was average so that was good, and if the price would drop which I never thought it would because its a short cruise over a weekend (Fri-Mon) in March 2015 which I figured is prime pickings for spring breaker booze cruising...why would it drop right?? Wed Feb 11th I saw the fare drop for an OV room on Carnival.com to like $189 pp....seriously??? My rate was over 300 pp after the upgrade to OV...so I called carnival and asked how I could get this rate since I had the price guarantee....I basically just asked if I qualified for the lower rate since I knew I booked an ES that I was new to the cruising thing and didn't know how this worked...I was told I had to forfeit the room I picked and switch to a guarantee OV room as a pack and go rate (which is what the lower rate was for)...so I agreed because it also gave me $270 OBC for the difference in fare... She told me how to get online and submit the form for the ES thing and about an hour later I got an email saying they received it, but nothing had changed with my booking thru carnival.com... while I was on message boards and forums I had seen people were doing something similar and getting results like the same day??? After about 2 days I called back and said I was nervous because nothing else had happened...which was good I did because the 2nd lady told me I only qualified for a $40 price reduction....I was like WHAAAAA??? I said NOOOO...I was told I could forfeit my chosen room and switch to Guarantee OV instead...so I could get the OBC...after a few holds so she could talk to someone else she came back and said yes we could do that...I was just chancing not knowing my new cabin # until the day of sailing (UMMMM OK) it made me a little nervous since I'm an over organizer exp with something I have never done...but for the OBC I was willing to stress a little LOL It took about 24 hours for my booking to adjust showing the lower rate and my OBC and then I got my new room assignment 2/15...Aft (like 5th room from back end of ship) on U deck...This ended up being a great location IMHO. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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