I have made pre cruise reservations many times for excursions and now only twice did I pay for them at the time of booking. THe first was with MSC and you can only prebook excursions thru your TA and they must be paid for at the time reservation is made. Then th other day I prebooked and excursion for our upcoming cruise on the Carnival Valor and they requested cc info to complete the reservation, I guess this is new.
One thing nice about paying at the time of making the reservation is it will not be added to your SS card.
Star Princess 2005, Sun Princess 2005
Caribbean Princess 2006, MSC Lirica 2006 , NCL Pearl 2007, Majesty of the Seas 2008, Carnival Destiny 2008, MSC Lirica 2009, Carnival Valor 2009,Carnival Legend 2010, Carnival Liberty 2010,Carnival Fantsay 2011,Carnival Valor Feb 2012, MSC Poesia Dec 2012, MSC Poesia April 2013, Carnival Legend Nov 2013, MSC DIVINA Jan 2014