We bought a cruise on the Inspiration on 07-08-2006 through a travel agent. We originally booked an inside guarantee cabin. We had the opportunity to upgrade to an outside cabin and did so. If I go to Carnival's website I can get a cabin on our deck(same class) for $139 less. Our TA is telling us that the $599 does not include port fees and taxes. Could that add up to $139? I tried to call Carnival but at this point they say we have to check with our TA. Thanks in advance as this is our first cruise and we are excited because we are going with a group of 12 as well. It is not a huge deal, but that's $139 I can spend elsewhere and our TA was a little less than helpful. Since I am hooked on these forums I'll ask you.
I would call Carnival and ask for their price, including port fees and taxes. Also, have you made your final payment? Many times, after final payment is made, you don't get the lower price.
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Port charges and taxes can be high. For my August Conquest cruise they are $195.00
The price on the Carnival website should include those fees. I have a very good, very honest T.A., but I have booked directly through the cruiseline on my last three cruises and got a better deal.
Yes, the taxes and fees can easily add up to $139.00. If you look closely at Carnival's prices, you'll see that the price quotes don't include taxes and fees until you get near the end of the booking process.
And, as Darcy said, even if the price goes down since you are within final payment you won't get that price . Those prices are for new bookings when they're trying to fill up the ship. (And you can't cancel and rebook.)
Your TA should have told you all this when you asked, but sometimes they "assume" that people already know .
Hope you have a wonderful first cruise (it won't be your last !),
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Some cruise lines will refund the difference even after final payment, if the rates go down. While Carnival does not, you can get onboard credit or a nice upgrade. It is worth to try.
The price $599 looks like port charges are included but government tax is not.
Reverendjeff: there is something wrong with the fact you got better deals with cruise line than with travel agent, three times. Cruise lines don't keep the deals to themselves, they are always available through agents too. Many times agents can even better the cruise lines offer. For example, you can get an agency discount from military rates Carnival offers, or from residents or senior rates.
I saw the price drop after had made final payment. I had booked thru one of the online TA's. I called them and told them I saw the price drop. I got money credited to my credit card that I used. Within the last week I saw the price change again. Carnival would not give onboard credit but we got an outstanding upgrade. It never hurts to try.