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Old December 13th, 2002, 01:37 PM
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Good afternoon

We are getting ready for our 3 Carnival cruise in 3 years (in January 03) I was also checking on doing another cruise in March 03 and was shocked at the lack of incentives available. We would be taking our daughter and her friend (both 9) so they would be in our cabin - the 3rd and 4th person rates that Carnival quoted us was just about the same as the 1st and 2nd - like $50.00 less. Other cruise lines were offering the 3 and 4th for major discounts. Am I missing something?

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PS No I am not looking for 'something for nothing', but I would have thought that there would have been other options.
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Old December 13th, 2002, 03:06 PM
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I am really shocked to hear that....as when I had 3rd and 4th rates quoted for my trip in April on the Legend the prices were like a 4th of the 1st and 2nd passenger. Search the internet for a better deal would be my suggestion.
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Old December 13th, 2002, 03:42 PM
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I agree we are cruising with a 3rd & 4th in our cabin (our daughters) and we paid a fraction of the 1st & 2nd cruiser. Everyone pays the same port charges and gratituties. I would shop around or call a good travel agent. They always know best. Don't forget when u ask the cruise line for a price. Always ask for the lowest fare available. Most of the time it is not offered unless u ask for it. I hope this helps.


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Old December 13th, 2002, 06:57 PM
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3rd and 4th usually get a large discount BUT on the more popular sailing like spring break and other non-school times there often isn't that much incentive. It is like that with all lines as well. The old supply and demand thing I guess. The others are correct though, shop around. Look in out advertising section, use the "Bargain Finder", talk to your local TA, etc, etc.
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Old December 13th, 2002, 07:14 PM
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Carnival is a inexpensive cruise line, so perhaps this is why no discount is available!
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Old December 13th, 2002, 08:19 PM
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Does Carnival offer other perks (like Princess and Celebrity do) to their past passengers, like priority embarkation and disembarkation (and I'm not talking just suite passengers here), freebies like spa certificates, casino credit, etc.?

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Carnival has one of the weakest past passenger programs in the business in my opinion. Unfortunate, but true!

Everyone else seems to be upgrading their programs now. Maybe Carnival will get the message too.

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I've been on Carnival many times and I have yet to find any incentive as a past customer. It seems they should offer something for the loyal customer but apparently they've done the studies to show it's more profitable to continue what they're doing.

Unfortunate for us.

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Old December 14th, 2002, 03:41 PM
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IMHO, Carnival's base prices are so heavily discounted these days, not as great a discount is realized for the 3rd and 4th in the cabin. Plus, I'll agree, when they anticipate filling the cabins like during spring break, etc. they probably "market" the cabins more to their favor.

I've noticed that past cruisers get the "free" cocktail at their little meeting. Although a past cruiser for Carnival many times, I've found these to be so Mickey-mouse and mundane, they're almost not worth attending (depends how badly you want a free drink, I guess). The last one I attended had 3 participants and the topic of conversation (before I just left) was how much booze they'd put in their complimentary drinks ! !

Oh well, cruise on.

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Old December 14th, 2002, 05:17 PM
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ROFLMAO Gary.

Yes, I forgot about the welcome aboard party for past guests. Probably because I've never attended one. The first night of the cruise is usually spent exploring the ship and getting unpacked.

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Hmm wow, I guess it depends. My 1st cruise was with Carnival and we had our kids in the cabin during spring break and they cost $500 extra for both so I thought that was normal. On the 2nd cruise the extra member in the cabin was a little less. Disappointing in the least. The repeat cruisers party however there were many people there and the drinks were good and definately not watered down. I have seen deals that Carnival had in the fall for repeat cruisers I thought were very good and even better was the 3rd and 4th person for $159 pp total. Now that was excellent! So I guess you need to shop around and I signed up for emails directly from Carnival. This next cruise I booked in the fall and got a good rate and 4 cate upgrade right away so I was happy.

I am waiting to get anything decent for a repeat from RCCL. So what can I expect from them?
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Old December 16th, 2002, 01:39 PM
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I've been on 17 cruises with Carnival and generally speaking they have not given up grades to me very often. I now have stock in CCl and the last cruise I went on --no up grade. I hear other cruise lines are pretty generous in giving up-grades but I have no
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Shipbound - as a Captain's Club member on Celebrity, I have been given casino credit, a free spa treatment, priority embarkation and disembarkation, priority reservations at the speciality restaurant, free wine tastings, etc. As a Princess Captain's circle member, I have priority embarkation and disembarkation, repeaters party, and with more than 6 cruises you get free internet access (certain restrictions apply, etc.) Carnival offers nothing in comparison to that, just the repeaters party. They need to get with the program as Royal Caribbean and HAL also have nice repeat passenger programs...imho Carnival is not rewarding their repeat passengers in any significant way, which may be why a lot of people who start on Carnival end up on other cruise lines who reward their repeat passengers more lavishly.

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Old December 16th, 2002, 05:55 PM
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Join the Ocean Players Club in the casino. Get to know your casino host. They are able to offer great deals to past cruisers who belong to the OPC. You know those "last minute" internet deals on the CCL website? They offer them to OPC members a day before they are posted on the website.
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