Thanks airforce for filing a complaint.
Here's an interesting twist -- it seems all Canadian travelers on Carnival who paid in full or deposited before Nov 7th, will have the surcharged waived. It appears that some Canadian provincial regulations have come into play, but the line is only saying it has reconsidered.
Meanwhile, over at RCI, "thanks for sailing with us", coupons have reemerged after an absence of at least 3 years. Now, they are handing out new coupons for $50 but breaching contracts with those who had deposited on a cruise prior to the Nov 16th cut off
-- and they need the $$?????