DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN GET A GENEROUS MILITARY DISCOUNT IF YOU SERVED? I SERVED IN THE ARMY FROM '74-'80 AND THAT QUALIFIES ME. YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE BEEN IN FOR 20 YEARS. WE ARE GOING ON CCL GLORY ON 9/24/05. 2 ADULTS/2TEENS....GOT INSIDE STATEROOM (ALTHOUGH I CLICKED ON OUR STATEROOM (WEBSITE) AND THEY GAVE US AN OCEANVIEW (MUST HAVE BEEN BUMPED UP, YEAH!). ANYWAY, OUR 7NT W. CARIB CAME TO ONLY $1603 INCLUDING ALL CHARGES, INSURANCE AND TAXES! I DID HAVE TO PAY $60 MORE BECAUSE I WAITED AN EXTRA WEEK TO BOOK. AT $1549 ORIGINALLY, THAT'S ONLY $387PP COMPLETE!!!!!! MOST CRUISE LINES OFFER THIS AND ALL YOU HAVE TO SUPPLY IS A COPY OF YOUR DD214(DISCHARGE PAPERS) AND A COPY OF A DRIVERS LICENSE....I BLANKED OUT THE LICENSE NUMBER. HOPE THIS SAVES YOU ALL A BUNCH OF MONEY. USUALLY THE COST IS $499 A PERSON WITH SOME A LITTLE LESS, BUT I SAVED ENOUGH TO PAY FOR OUR 2 EXCURSIONS.
This is good information! Thanks so much for sharing. I am retired with 21 years of service and have cruised six times without knowing this or anyone even offering this info. I should have learned by now to ask!
Happy sailing to one and all!
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It is a nice touch tha Carnival does this. We book a 5 day cruise out of Galveston and saved a bunch of money. My brother is active duty and I am former Navy (73-79) and we both got the same deal. About $200 off the total cost of the cruise. Not bad for a 5 dayer.
BUGMAN: I am so thankful you posted the military discount info. Even my Travel Agent was not aware of this. We are currently gathering necessary paperwork to get my father retired Navy the discount rate to an already booked reservation. I'll keep you posted on the savings.
Well I called my TA today and she said we were still able to get the discount. I paid for a guranteed inside cabin (4A) and for $40 more we got a guaranteed balcony (8A) with a the possibility of an upgrade. I am so thankful that you posted this information. Thanks again.
My late husband was in the Navy during Vietnam and as his widow I was able to get $350 off a balcony for the Liberty 11/20/05. I just had to fax his DD214 to Carnival! I understand there is a limited number of cabins available for some sailings!
Thanks Carnival for Honoring past & present Military
Thank you for starting this thread regarding Military discounts--
we booked back in August for our April cruise. I emailed my travel agent on a Sunday afternoon, we faxed necessary documents on Monday(Photo ID and discharge papers, and rank) to Carnival and in less than a half hour my travel agent indicated that my father had received $233 discount for him the military vet and $233 for the spouse.
So glad that Carnival Honors are Military past & present.
p.s. the documents are faxed directly to the department that handles military bookings, if you or travel agent needs fax number drop me an email.
Gotta LOVE MY Travel Agent Jean for handling this!
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Thanks for this information on what was a well kept secret. I've booked 3 Carnival cruises using TA and calling Carnival and had never heard of this discount. Needless to say we've saved a bundle on the 2 cabins that we booked for next year, but I wish we had known about this on the first 2 cruises. I'll have to book a few more to make up for the discounts we missed.
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Zuiderdam Smooth Jazz Cruise 2006
We received a $200 military discount per person for the Conquest..... My Carnival Rep. brought to my attention.... We got the discount on top of a Super Saver fare..$829 for 2 that included Port & Gov. taxes.....
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Huck, I had my cruise booked and paid for before I found out about this. All I did was call my TA and ask for the discount. I had to fax drivers license and DD214 for proof and I got an incredible deal. Moved from 4A to 8A guaranteed. Good luck!
On my last cruise I inquired with my TA about the Military discount because about 80% of the people in my group were VETS. I was told that because we got a group rate we would not be eligible for the Military discount. I wonder if I should have done some more invesigating. I will definately look into this for my next cruise which I'am in the process of booking.
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The amount of the mil discount also has alot to do with how the pricing for the particular cruise is fluctuating. When I booked my Triumph cruise for Nov, the price for an inside gty was 529, if I booked a 4a using the mil rate, it would have been 521. Needless to say I booked the gty and got upgraded.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. Just talked to my PVP and we will be getting a $366.00 credit for the military discount and he also checked for senior discounts. For our cruise the senior discounts have not been established yet, but he will keep me posted. Thank You guys!
Thank you so much for the information! My husband and I are sailing on the Liberty 03/12/2006. I called Carnival as soon as I read this thread and got a $140 total discount. Although we may not have saved as much as many of you (I kind of wonder why about that) we are still happy to get this savings.
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Carnival Liberty 03/2006
Also, if you have former (or current) military family and are using USAA for anything (insurance, banking, etc.), they have a travel department whose main business is to book cruises.
I just booked my cruise on Glory (Dec. 31) through them, and it was wonderful. They guarantee the lowest prices online, and they mean it. They're not really "travel agents" so you don't pay them, but they are just as accomodating and helpful as if you did. My friends and I booked our cruise on Thursday with no hassle...it took 30 minutes and we were granted shipboard credits simply for booking with them.
The next day, after avidly researching our cabin, we realized that it was directly over the casino and 100% of the reviews said this was a -bad- idea. So I called back and was upgraded from a 4C to a 4E for practically no money at all, and the lady stayed on the phone with me for 45 minutes trying to help me find the best and quietest cabin still available. (Keep in mind that she also had to talk to the Carnival rep every time we considered a different room!) She was always as pleasant and helpful as could be, as was the guy I'd booked my cruise with the day before.
So anyone with USAA, I -highly- recommend using them for booking cruises!
Unfortunately this does not apply for Civilian Military. I asked carnival about it and was told only active or retired. Oh well. I work as an engineer on a military base but they couldnt do anything for me.
Don't know how old everyone is but if you don't qualify for the military discount, there is also a senior discount rate that shows up from time to time. I've picked up a couple of cruises with this discount, it pays to take mommy with you I also hear that they sometimes have a residency discount, I usually do my searches on hotwire and it if you put in your zip code and age if you're over 55 it will show if there are discounts you qualify for.
I am a newbie (never cruised or posted anything on the site) but have read many of your posts. Now I have a question and hope you can give me some advice. My husband is retired military and after reading about the discount, we called USAA (where we booked our cruise) and they gave us a Carnival fax number to send his military documents. We sent everything over two weeks ago and have not heard back. Should I refax everything or just wait and see what happens? We are sailing Dec 4th on the Conquest for our 20th anniversary and are very excited. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you! Angela
I would call USAA and talk with them. Normally Carnival will require you to go through the agency you booked the cruise with. So ask USAA what else you need to do.
It won't hurt to call Carnival and confirm their fax number. You could even ask their advice.
I wouldn't wait. Good luck and congrats on your anniversary! We are celebrating our 23rd year on the 3 Dec Elation cruise.
Ron and Sue
NCL Sunward II
I would call your TA immediately. That is what they are for, to act as a go-between you and the cruiseline and assist your in any way they can. I know that it will reduce their commission but an honest agent will do it anyway to the best of their ability.
Beargoose, I faxed my info to my TA and let her be the go between with carnival I got my discount the same day I faxed the information to her. I am sailing with you by they way and we just celebrated our 19th anniversary. Maybe we can meet up on board.
I read these posts this morning and since my husband is retired Army (25 years) I called our TA to find out. She did not sound real thrilled but said she would call to see if our cruise offered military discounts. She called back once to find out rank and branch of service then called again to tell me the fax number to send the DD 214 to and that we are saving $100.00. I was rather dissappointed after reading all the other discounts others had received. We cruise on the Miracle Jan 29, 2006. We had booked an 8B from the beginning so does that make a difference? Also my husband was a Chief Warrant Officer so its not like he was a general or high pay officer rank if that effects the discount. Since we have a TA, I guess Carnival will not give me information about this but would like to know the reason for the big discount difference. Anyway thanks for the information, a $100 savings is better than nothing, right?
rosegrower, my Carnival PVP told me the military discount is based on the price of your cabin. We booked a cat. 11 and the original price was $1419.00 pp, after the discount it was $1104.00 pp. A savings of $630.00. I would think with a cat. 8 your discount would be more than $100.00. I would keep checking.
Thank you everyone for the help! Our TA called Carnival to see why we had not been issued the discount. She said we would receive a refund to our credit card within 3 to 5 business days. She even called back the next day to verify our refund. Our refund will be almost $800 and we booked a catagory 8B room.
Rosegrower, maybe we were just charged a larger amount than you originally for the room and that's why our refund was larger. Good luck though and you're right, $100 is better than nothing!
Girl Savage...We would love to meet you somewhere! Any clues as to a good place to meet? This is our first cruise and we're open to your suggestions.