I just booked on Carnival Fantasy and I payed a 35% single supplement. My Mother's last cruise was 50% beause she had an extended balcony. Try using the same person to book your cruise build a good relationship and they can get you the better rates.
My...what diversity of opinion on the dreaded "single surcharge." I just booked #6 and #7 on Carnival and have never paid 200% traveling alone. To avoid "pitching" for any travel agencies, let me say this: I have obtained my best surcharge discounts booking way out or within 90 days. Also, many travel agencies and cruise lines send e-mail alerts on specials. Don't be bashful, it's your money. Call the agent or cruise line rep and ask for a singles discount. Also, ask if flexibility in sailing dates can possibly result in further discounts or upgrades. Always remember, a deeply discounted cabin generates more revenue than no occupancy at all. VTGo also has a specific cite for singles rates and lists the % of surcharge. Very nice feature for the single traveler. Oops, is this a pitch?
Jan/00 RCCL Viking Serenade
May/01 CCL Elation
Apr/02 CCL Sensation
May/03 CCL Fantasy
Jan/04 CCL Ecstasy
Dec/04 NCL Norwegian Star
Dec/05 CCL Legend
May/06 CCL Paradise
Jan/07 CCL Liberty
More than half my Carnival cruises have been as a solo-cruiser.
If you book a 1A category, you will pay the 150% supplement.
If you book above 1A categories, you will pay the 200% supplement.
I just did this a couple of weeks ago. The policy hasn't changed in many years. Let's get our facts straight before posting, folks.
Well, my facts are right . I cruised the Spirit last September for Hawaii, and only paid a 35% (135% not 150% of the double rate) supplement. Last month I booked the Glory for September solo and again, only paid a 35% supplement. Not sure how you are booking your cruises, but I have NEVER paid more than the 35% supplement. I have previously booked a 1A Gty and a 4A Gty and both were the same supplement amount. All of my prior solo cruises (7 of them) have been only 35%. Maybe, just maybe, Carnival likes me...
Are there factors that we don't know about that cause some of us to get cheaper single supplements?
Perhaps (?) having a guarantee cabin booking makes a difference? I book only assigned cabins. I would be interested in what makes the difference, too, as all the Carnival literature (brochures, website) say very clearly that solo cruisers supplements are eithre 150% or 200%, accoding to category. Strange, huh? My last several cruises have been booked directly through a Carnival PVP - she gets me lots of perks each cruise, so I stick with her.
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