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Old March 18th, 2007, 11:32 AM
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.....so I began to surf the the different sites for booking cruises. I searched the cruise that we are already booked on, checking rates, etc. What I found was most of the sites (hotwire, travelocity, etc) all have the same rates. But one site (Expedia) the guarantee rate for balcony was 2119.00 per person. This was just guarantee, not specific cabin, not specific deck. How in the world can they justify that rate? Although I am booked guarantee balcony I have been assigned a cabin already, but may be moved again. Expedia shows that my cabin is still available on their site. If you take your search far enough you can look at available cabins. Mine still showed available on Expedia, but none of the others. Now I don't know what to think. If expedia books mine also, will Carnival (who I booked with) automatically know to move me again? I'm worried now........
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.....so I began to surf the the different sites for booking cruises. I searched the cruise that we are already booked on, checking rates, etc. What I found was most of the sites (hotwire, travelocity, etc) all have the same rates. But one site (Expedia) the guarantee rate for balcony was 2119.00 per person. This was just guarantee, not specific cabin, not specific deck. How in the world can they justify that rate? Although I am booked guarantee balcony I have been assigned a cabin already, but may be moved again. Expedia shows that my cabin is still available on their site. If you take your search far enough you can look at available cabins. Mine still showed available on Expedia, but none of the others. Now I don't know what to think. If expedia books mine also, will Carnival (who I booked with) automatically know to move me again? I'm worried now........
I'm actually amazed that you've got a cabin assignment from Carnival already. They don't normally even begin assignments for guarantees until a month prior (sometimes you don't find out until day of sailing). It's possible that yours could change again, but more likely that if someone tried to book that exact cabin it will show as sold.

BTW.. I find the travelocity, expedia, hotwire type of sites rarely have anywhere near the lowest pricing available on cruises.
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Okay, but 2119.00 per person for a guarantee balcony.........You can book a penthouse suite for a lot less than that through Carnival
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Also, I think the reason I was given a cabin assignment already (even though I am booked guarantee) is because my PVP got tired of me asking every week when he was going to move me up from the Upper deck. He called and asked me if the Panarama deck was to high, I was so surprised that I told him the Empress deck would be okay. He assigned me a cabin, and told me that he would be the only one that could move me from this point on. We now have friends going with us that have never cruised. He will try to keep us as close to each other as possible. If he moves me again, at least I know I won't be moved back down to the Upper deck. I didn't want above the lounges and bars. But, back to the 2119.00 per person for a guarantee balcony.......seriously would anyone pay that rate?????
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Ok, I'm new at all this but I have already been assigned my cabin # shoulc I double check on this???
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Carnival will let you book your room now but you pay for it. We chose to pay the extra money ( for us approximately 200 ) to secure a cabin where we wanted.
If you guarantee you get at least what you pay for but you don't know where you will land on the ship.
I wanted lower deck, outside cabin, and mid ship. I just didn't want to roll the dice.
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Thanks we are on the Verandah Deck, with a balcony. BD present
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Carnival will let you book your room now but you pay for it. We chose to pay the extra money ( for us approximately 200 ) to secure a cabin where we wanted.
If you guarantee you get at least what you pay for but you don't know where you will land on the ship.
I wanted lower deck, outside cabin, and mid ship. I just didn't want to roll the dice.
The T/A I use never charges me extra to pick my stateroom.
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No, I would not pay that rate. :o
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The $200 is not an extra fee to get an assigned room. It is the deposit required to get an assigned room number. Some TAs will all you to put down a lesser deposit but they can not give you an assigned room until you have met the $200 pp deposit. Some one correct me if I am wrong.
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If you want an inside guarantee room it will cost the least amount of money but if you want to be assigned a room at booking you will pay more. It has nothing to do with the TA giving you a discount. The cruise lines like people to book by guarantee so they have the flexibility to move people around as needed to make it easier to fill the ship as the sailing nears. Easier to sell an inside cabin than an ocean view or balcony. With the guarantee they can bump you up and sell the less expensive room easier.
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Don't get too attached to the cabin you were given by your PVP. It isn't really yours until you check-in onboard. Your cabin can be changed many times between now and then, I've had that experience. Now when I book a guarantee I don't concern myself with the cabin until I board the ship. It cuts out a lot of unnecessary stress.
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Really? I received my boarding packet last week for the April cruise and it has our cabin assigned as I booked. Do they change it after receiving our packets?
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You know I have never received packets with information from the cruise lol. I dont know why. When I went on my cruise last time we got an ocean view room on the (main deck), there was only like 2 rooms left when we booked. Now this time we booked a room on the empress deck (inside) and we asked for a room that could accomodate 4 people because some of our friends might join us but probably not. So the lady was like well if carnival sees that you only have two people in that cabin they may give you an upgrade to put a family in that 4- people room..now iam hoping we get an upgrade what do you think the chances are?
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On my 1st three cruised we booked as a guarantee. On the 1st one we did not get up-graded but on the 2nd one we were up-graded to a higher inside cabin and the 3rd we got up-graded from an inside cabin to an ocean view and on the 4th cruise we booked a balcony. On the one next month we booked a balcony and according to the TA, we will not be moved. Our room is locked in.
Really who cares, as long as you are on-board! (and stay on-board)
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