I have to say I am AMAZED so many people have found prices better directly from Carnival, than from TAs.
They have changed their policy, affective in Jan. 05 on TAs pricing, but until then a TA SHOULD be able to easily beat Carnival prices. I have to say, if you folks are shopping, you've been finding some strange travel agents <G>
Suggest you get some pricing from our "Cruise Quotes" section. I'd be shocked if all the quotes you got weren't below Carnival's prices.