Anybody know how many cabins go unused on any given week? I always have wondered this and I am curious as to how they try and unload them at the very last minute. This kind of information is probably not made public but some saavy cruise folks here have an answer I bet!
Carnival Cruise Lines is sailing with loads in the 105% - 110% of capacity.
That being with capacity being defined as two berths per cabin. The difference is the cabins which can berth more than 2.
In "plain speak" this means ships are sailing pretty darn full
That's not to say there aren't some cabins available on some ships. But it does mean that last minute deals, if available, are limited to a few unsold cabins, or cancellations of reservations.
If you don't care about what type of cabin you get, or where on the ship it's located, and you have the flexibility to go on short notice, have your travel agent check sailings about 72 hrs before a sailing you might be interested in.
Also get on the email list of some of the larger discount agencies. Most have a section on last minute travel.
If you really want to know how full the ship is going to be or rough estimate of cabins left you need to check the website.
It is easy to do. All you have to do is go to the website and check the ship you'll be on and the sailing date. The resulting search will bring up any and all available categories of cabins. I knew a month in advance that the Conquest sailing I went on in February was going to be full to double capacity when all that was left was less than two dozen cabins and almost all were inside or oceanview! All suites (we had Cat 11) were gone 8 weeks before we sailed.
I have only been on one ship where it wasn't full to double, and that was the Victory in January 07. I would say it was over 75% full.
2007 Victory & Triumph
2008 Conquest & Liberty
2009 Valor, Freedom, and Splendor
2010 Glory and Liberty
As a bargain hunter I try for late bookings on occasion. After Katrina when all the NOLA ship moved over and Galveston had too many ships, there were a lot of deals. (Then the Gov't leased three ships which really helped Carnival take cabins off the market.) For a while there were quite a few empty cabins. The next gulf hurricane following Katrina caused a lot of cancellations and I sailed on the Elation less than half full. Each dining room did only one setting. Interesting cruise and the weather was perfect.
BTW-there are very few empty cabins or deals anymore as now there are too few ships in Galveston.
Ray McDonald / Snoozeman
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Future Cruises: Carnival Triumph-Caribbean-7/28/2014, Carnival Legend-South Pacific-8/30/2014, MSC Preziosa-Mediterranean-10/25/2014, MSC Fantasia-Mediterranean-11/2/2014, Navigator of the Seas-12/14/2013, Norwegian Jewel-1/3/2015, Emerald Princess-1/11/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/2/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/15/2015.
I have friends who have driven over to a travel agent and bought tickets a few weeks before a cruise out of Tampa Fl and bought bargain tickets. On one of these trips they were upgraded to a suite because the ship was not sold out.