I have not used them personally, but most on line agencies are way cheaper than Carnival, so nothing unique there. We are traveling w/ our 2 kids, (1 and 4 at time of trip) also. I just booked ours thru bestpricecruises.com, they were WAY cheaper than my local ta and Carnival direct, and a little cheaper than other online agencies. Good luck, and happy bargain hunting!
Here is a Email sent by Carnival 3 weeks before the Conquest left.....
It was $331 2 days later when we booked it.... (Port charges included)
EXPERIENCE THE "FUN SHIP" CONQUEST
7 DAY WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE
Sailing from NEW ORLEANS to the beautiful destinations of:
Montego Bay, Grand Cayman And Cozumel
from only $349
including Port Charges
Sailing Date: 11/16/03
__________________ Bob & Kathy
Littleton, Colorado (near Denver)
Conquest .... Nov /03 (New Orleans)
Conquest .... Dec /05 (Galveston)
Celebration.. Sept /06 (Jacksonville)
Fantasy....... Dec/07 (New Orleans)
Splendor...... Nov. 29th, 2009
I find it hard to believe that they are $500 less than CCL on a 5 day! Heck, a 5 day should not cost you more than $500pp anyway! Just make sure you get all the costs totaled up and it is written down so you have some basis if they do not come forward with the deal.
PS Are you talking about $500 less than CCL asked for it, or $500 less than brochure? Ignore brochure rates