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Old October 31st, 2008, 10:29 AM
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Has anyone ever used this website to book a cruise? Better yet, will Carnival price match the lowest quote offered by them?
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I have been a member of cruise compete since Aug.2005 . I use it on every booking, to get the best price.
Once I have my lowest price on the Cat. and type of cabin, location of cabin, I want, I then call Carnival and compare. Sometimes the little perks of a TA will be cheaper. Such as free prepaid Gratuities, travel insurance, and ect. It just depends on what ship, date of sailing, and ect.

On our May cruise on the Legend, Carnival matched my best price on Cruise Compete, and placed us one deck higher, on the Verenda Deck. Still midship, balcony room, just one deck higher. I booked with Carnival.

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I have used cruisecompete for my last 4 cruises. Had good results from the bids received by email. Bob
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I just used Cruise compete for 1/17/09 Carnival Splendor - Went with Bid from Cruise One (Travel Agent Fran Daniels) Got the best price on a Gauranteed Balcony and she has already upgraded us to a Balcony on the Lido deck (8D) + $100 OBC.
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Carnival will always match the price. Actually, the cruise lines won't let anyone advertise a lower price then is on Carnival's site. A T.A. may give back something in exchange for part of their commission, but they can't advertise it.

Keep checking daily to see if the price goes down. If it does, call carnival and they will credit you back or give you ship board credit and they will do it for as many times as the rate goes down. So far, it has gone down twice on my cabin.

This is why I use carnival directly, it's much quicker and easier to get a credit.
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Just got a quote from them....
Fantasy on Nov. 10th, 2009
6A large window (R132)
$985 total...
Carnival was $1035 (Military rate)
$50 savings...
Haven't transfered yet though until I recontact Carnival...
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Default Yes, I have used Cruise Compete

I had 2 cabins (Jr. Ste and an inside) booked directly w/RCI. I then went to Cruise Compete to see if anyone offered a better price. Of those who responded, I then emailed them directly and told them what I had, and how much I paid. I let them know that I was interested in transferring the bookings to a TA who would offer OBC, or other perks. I am HAPPY to say that I transferred the booking and got $475. OBC for the Jr. Ste, and $225 OBC for the inside cabin!
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Has anyone ever used this website to book a cruise? Better yet, will Carnival price match the lowest quote offered by them?
Carnival will match the best price you find within 24 hours of booking your cruise.
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Carnival will match the lowest ADVERTISED price you find which can't be lower than what is on their website.

If CCL is charging $900 for an 8A and a TA kicks back $50 in commission to make your final payment $850.00 Carnival will not match that.

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I used them.

I put in for a quote for three on a specific sailing.

When I got all the bids, I called the one that had the lowest one. When they tried to proceed, they started backpeddling, stating that they must have quoted a special that had been withdrawn. They were also coming up with every other excuse in the book.

I kept pushing, and it REALLY turned out they made a mistake and quoted for 2, not three.

I contacted the president of Cruisecompete, and he sided with the TA.

I took my business elsewhere.
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Carnival does not price match, however other companies like Vacations to Go Super Cruises etc. gladly match the price.
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