SS Norway (12 times) '85 - '97; Radiance OS 06/01; Island Princess 11/04, Grand Princess 11/04/05, Golden Princess 7/21/06, Golden Princess 2/24/07, Explorer of the Seas 12/23/07, Island Princess 11/15/08
Ok, here is an updated version of the information provided in 2004 to see if a cruise is selling out. This method uses Carnival’s site instead of the other reservation services so I can provide specific screens and clicks.
2) Search for the ship, date, and itinerary you are interested in.
3) Select the cruise
4) The Fun Select rate is the most generic so select it for the widest availability, or choose a specific rate if you are only interested in how many cabins are available at that rate.
5) A screen will appear with information about buying a cabin at that rate. There is a line that lets you select a state room. Click on the drop down arrow and up to 10 cabins will be listed. If the cruise is filling up then less than 10 cabins will be in the list. The screen will only show 10 even if more are available so there is not a lot of detailed information until there are less than 10 cabins available in the classes that interest you.
6) Below the “Flight Info” tab there are 2 tabs that say “Category” and “Location”. You entered the screen on the Location tab. Clicking the Category tab will list all of the cabin categories and their fares. If any classes are missing then there are no cabins available in that class. You can click arrow next the class you want to check and you will be taken back to location, where you can drop down the list of available cabins for that class.
7) If all the classes are listed and they all have 10 cabins available then the cruise will not likely sell out any time soon. I believe you can do this up until 2 days before the sail date.
8) If there are less than 10 available then you will know how many exactly are left. The number may change up and down as people upgrade, or are upgraded. As the sail date gets closer Carnival will try to open up cabins that sell easily by upgrading to classes that are not moving as fast and freeing up the lower priced cabins.
There is NO site that SHOWS how full or empty a ship is for any sailing. That is proprietary information that cruiselines do not want you OR THEIR COMPETITORS to have.
Sites only show 8 to 10 cabins in each cat. They do not all show the same cabins and some sites may have group space booked and will show their cabins [could be more than the normal 8-10].
Many sites will show you the 8-10 cabins AND allow you to enter a cabin number to see it that particular cabin is available. I suppose that if one wanted, they could enter every cabin number, ONE BY ONE until they found all available cabins. But I'd rather pay bills or have a root canal done than to go thru that exercise.