Three of my girlfriends and I are searching for a cruise to go on. We are considering Carnival Conquest. We are in our mid- twenties and are looking for fun, fun and more fun(of course at a resonable price). Problem is we don't know where to begin. We're thinking any time between August and December which means we have to get on the ball now and we're looking for cruises out of New Orleans. Any veteran advice would be helpful. Are there special discounts for additional people? What do the room categories really mean? Are they very small? SHould we book directly through the cruise lines or find a travel agent. I've read the first cruisers pages and got helpful info there but anymore would be great. How's the weather during that time period? We need to book before the end of this month if at all possible. Please help...ANYBODY.
Find a good TA, they are worth their weight in gold and can help you with your plans.
Yes, there is a discounted price for a third person going in the cabin.
We just got back from the Conquest on the 19th of January, we had a blast.
I have posted some pictures in the phot gallery (on the second page), Cher's Conquest Cruise. It is a beautiful ship, with a friendly crew.
August will be hot and humid, I would go in late October, it will be cooler (a little) and usually the prices are down after the summer months.
Cabins are basically the same size, unless you book a suite. A balcony is wonderful, but if you are on a budget, try an outside (sometimes an inside can seem confining).
Have your agent ask if there are any category upgrades available, we booked a 6A with an automatic upgrade to a 6D on a recent cruise.
A 6D would be more midship and a few decks higher.
There are some great deals out there right now, so find yourself a good one.
I agree with Cher. October is usually a better time to go. If you are driving to the pier and can book last minute you can save some dollars. Definitely find a good TA that specializes in cruises. The Carnival reps will favor customers of TA's who send them a lot of business, such as upgrades when they are available.
Also, if you don't already have a passport, GET ONE ! ! !
Ok we've decided to travel the week of Thanksgiving because that's when one of my girlfriends is out of school. We are leaning towards the Carnival Conquest but I keep reading about a new ship, the Glory, leaving the New Orleans port also. We have already spoken to a Carnival rep. but I keep hearing that maybe we can get cheaper rates through a cruise travel agent. They offered $2116 for the four of us which is a lot cheaper than we all expected. The cabin is on the Upper deck, category 4c. And let me just say, we have NO CLUE what that means. Will that be enough room for us or will it be kind of cramped? We've also been checking on these shore excursions to try and get an idea of how much money we'll need. Once we pay for the cruise, what's some of the extra money we' ll need? More suggestions and comments would be great. Thanks.
Category 4C is an inside room on the mid level decks. Four girls in the same room is going to be real cramped. The rooms are about 10 x 18 and have twin beds and a pull out sofa. Closet space is at a premium and the bathroom is a one-fanny bathroom. The price for another room is going to cost about $150 per person more (roughly). On a 7-day cruise I would think it is worth it.
Tips are going to cost $10 pp/pd. That's $70 per person for the week. Plus add on 15% to all drink purchases. Shore excursions are anywhere from $25 per person to $125 each. Massages cost about $100. Drinks are around $5 for mixed and $3.75 for beer. Wine is $25 and up for a bottle at dinner. Photos are $10 or so.
We usually spend about $150 per day on the extra stuff not counting tips. But we don't economize when were on a cruise either. We always do whatever we want.
Check around for a good TA and change your booking through them, they can save you a good deal of that money. In addition they will look out for you and try and get you a nice upgrade if possible and handle any problems that may possibly appear. There really in not enough differance between a 4A & 4C to be worth the additional expense as these cabins are identical, just on differant decks. A good TA will explain these things to you. CCL doesn't really want to get into the business of booking so those that man the reservations desk know and provide only the basics and for the most part just take your order. A TA can get you a bargain, percentage off the rate you get through CCL, upgrades, extras in your cabin, shipboard credits, and all kinds of other stuff. Look in our advertising section "Cruise Bazaar" or post an ad in the 'bargain finder'.