We would like to take a last minute cruise in the April-August time frame. We will have multiple opportunities to be available last minute to cruise out of Jacksonville, Charleston and Mobile.
My questions are these: Are there any substantial deals by being available to cruise in a moments notice? And if so, where do we look (Carnival,TA)? What are the actual savings over early saver rates that we could expect?
I know that preferred room types may not be available but we can deal with that.
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pack n go rates are generally a little bit better than early saver rates, but you never know which week will be a deal. For instance this weekend was a better deal than my early saver rate on Ecstasy 2 weeks from now.
Last minute sometimes there are deals, but not that many really last minute deals. Last may when the swine flu hit, I booked 3 days before the cruise left, but you really cant count on things like that.
Sometimes if there are hurricanes, even if they dont hit the U.S. they scare people from booking and there are last minute unpublished deals you can get from a PVP late August/early September.
I usually can find a deal on Voyager last minute for Easter week, but I havent yet, but I plan to keep an eye out for that week or around then, Im flexible too.
It just depends if they have a cruise that for whatever reason isnt selling they will reduce the price. You just have to keep an eye out. You can tell by the prices if they are falling the cruise probably isnt selling and there will be a deal, but rarely are there unpublished deals. I havent gotten any lately.
Where can I find "pack-n-go" rates? Someone posted that they were only posted on the Carnival site Wednesday through Sunday, and you find them by clicking on "Specials", but that doesn't seem to work for me. Is that correct, or do I have to call my agent, or PVP?
It depends on what you mean by "Last Minute". The vast majority of my cruises have been booked less than six months from sailing with most of those being less than three months.
I have found that the best rates are just before and after the final payment date for that cruise. Rates may stay low for a couple of weeks and then go up. This is particularly true if you want a balcony or a suite.
There are deals on cruises departing within a few days but there is no guarantee that all cruises will have those deals. If you are flexible enough the only thing is to keep checking to see if one pops up.
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What I'm referring to are the "Pack-n-Go" rates. Being here in Florida, and being recently retired (not my idea) I figure we can do a few last minute cruises now. I did get a web address from someone, that seems to work, so I think I've got my question answered.
They should be posted. They wouldnt be up today, but my PVP will email them to me tomorrow and they will post on Wednesday. Have you checked on Wednesday thru Friday?? I think they did forget to post them one week during the holidays, but they are there every other week.
Try Wednesday and Ill try and remember to post them late tomorrow if Im around.
Here is the TA link showing them, so you can see them on other dates to prepare to grab them on a Wednesday.