Hi, I have my April 23/2011 cruise bought and paid for on line through the carnival site. I just found a carnival 72 hour sale that offers 216.00 cheaper then I have paid. When I first signed on for this it said if you find a lower price Carnival will reimburse the difference. I just got off the phone and no such luck...they just fed me a line...and before you ask... No it wasn't an early saver!
I'd want to hold onto my money until the deadline in case anything happened with the cruise line prior to my sailing date.
We had the Big Red Boat booked once with Premier Cruise Lines (years ago now) and the line went bankrupt soon before my sailing date. Fortunately, we paid by credit card and did get our money back, but all those who paid cash were basically screwed. Even though we did get our money back, we still had red-tape to go through with the CC company so was not fun to deal with.
That is the main reason why I never pay until the deadline.
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To your original question regarding the best price guarantee, Carnival only guarantees best price if you find it within 48 hours of booking. However, as everyone else has said, if it's out of final payment you should cancel and either rebook or go with another agency.
Okay. Breathe in deeply. Hold for five seconds. Now slowly exhale. That sense of calm you're feeling is thanks to our 110% Best Price Guarantee. It works like this: you book your cruise with Carnival. And if within 48 hours you find a lower-priced fare available to the public, we'll give you 110% of the difference in onboard credit. That's what you call your classic win-win situation: peace of mind and a fruity umbrella drink in your hand.
"Price protection applies to new Early Saver bookings only and requires payment of a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit. Applies to cruise fare only. Applies only to a Carnival.com or Carnival advertised fare available to the general public and excludes group rates, membership programs, charters or other Travel Agent promotions not offered by Carnival to the general public, including but not limited to travel agent rebates. "
I think that might be exactly it. Just this week I emailed Carnival about some basic information as I am considering organizing a group cruise (Family & Friends) in 2013. That is one thing they indeed told me. Final payment was due 75 days before the cruise date. The other thing they told me (not really relevent to this thread but) was once I did decide and organize the people for the group, and call them for pricing, that price (quote) is only valid for 14 days. So I would have to give people lots of notice that I would be calling on "X" date and that they would have to at least deposit $250 per person on the group cruise within that 14 day period.