Re: when is best time to book Carnival excursions?
Originally Posted by michellet1959
I cruise on July 28th. When is the latest I should book? Do they fill up that quickly? Excursions are glass bottom boat in Freeport and Atlantis resort tour in Nassau. Thanks!
Once you have your docs and booking # you can go to Carnival's website and book online through your booking #. They only allow this access for a limited time. I noticed a few day's before sailing they stopped access to online booking.
If the excursion you want to do is very popular I would reccomend booking it online after you get your docs.
well I have my booking number as my travel agent gave it to me, but should I wait at late as 2-4 weeks before I the cruise (when I was told I"ll have my cruise docs) to book excursions? Should I book them 2 months in advance?
You can book excursions within 180 days of your cruise. You may not book through Carnival if there is less than five days left before your cruise. The excursion to Atlantis usually fills up pretty fast so I would book that one early. I do not know about the Glass Bottom boat. We did that one in 96 off of the Fantasy. Then we booked it on the ship with no problem. But it is a long time ago.
Hope this helps.
Enjoy your cruise.
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My rule of thumb is to book shore excursions ASAP unless you are unsure of whether you are really interested in them.
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I have always book when on the ship. I have never had a problem but I am sure someday I will get burnt doing that.... We sometimes change our mind and when we book on-board we are sure what we want to do..
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I am cruising on June 3. I called Carnival yesterday to inquire about the Peterson Cay Kayak/Snorkle in Freeport. They said that there were only 6 more tickets available. So I went online and booked it. My travel agent said that they do save a certain number of tickets for people who want to book from the ship. But I guess if you know for sure what you want, you should do it ASAP.
thanks everyone, based on your suggestions and prior experience I think I will book them in the next day or two. I like the idea that it will then be paid off before the cruise - and we really do know what we want, so why wait.
I like the idea that it will then be paid off before the cruise - and we really do know what we want, so why wait.
To me, this is the BEST selling point....to have them paid off in advance.
However, we do not always book our excursions/tours through the ship. In many ports we arrange independently, and have found it (so far!) to be a MUCH better value.
Generally speaking, in Mexico (either Riviera or Yucatan Peninsula) we arrange our town, elsewhere it sort of depends on how well suited the area is and what the type of excursion is. For our Mediterranean cruise next month almost all of our excursions have been arranged independently; only one excursion, in Izmir, Turkey, has been booked (and already paid for) through the ship.