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Old February 16th, 2013, 10:25 AM
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Speculation on TV is Carnival will reduce fares to counter negative Triumph publicity. I doubt it but has anyone seen any decline in cruise fares?
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I haven't seen any. I think the inside cabins might be reduced, but the balcony prices will soar. The demand for balconies since smoking regs came into play, has caused an upswing in price, so I think they'll command even higher prices now.

Clark Howard was on last night and said some other lines are cashing in now with some specials they are offering.
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Someone on FOX or CNN said that bookings on Carnival last week were up significantly. So, there would be no need to lower the prices. For some reason this disaster has boosted their bookings.
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Not yet, but you can be sure I'll keep my eyes peeled.
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Since the fire, one of my cruises sold out and another two have higher prices.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 12:28 AM
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Well I might have something interesting to report here....

One of the people in our group of 8 rooms emailed me today to say they got a flyer in their (snail) mail from Expedia. She said the starting price for the exact cruise we are booked on, looked lower than the starting price she seen when we booked our cruise last August, so was curious if by chance, regardless of room type and upgrades selected, if this price reduction was consistent all the way up through the pricing. It appears she MAY be right!

We have a group of 8 rooms booked on Dream this fall. 7 are balconys, 1 is an interior. The balconys have 2, 3, or 4 people in them, the interior has 3 people in it. All rooms are on deck 9 (Vista) and I went through our booking numbers tonight, and did a pretend book via the Carnival website, and oddly, every room we have booked is now coming up exactly $40 less than the total before taxes and fees that we had before. Odd that this $40 exactly comes up for our 8 rooms, which are of 2 different types, and varying numbers of guests in each room. It's as if its a discount on the rooms, regardless of type, and not the passengers.

I completed the online form from Carnival for every booking number we had in case this pricing changes quickly. Not sure if this is a problem already as maybe each guest has to submit the form personally. I had all of the information for each guest, I just attached my phone number and email address to every request. Its not like I am trying to anything dishonest here, I requested that the $40 be added to each booking as an onboard credit, not an upgrade (as we selected the 7 balcony rooms to be all side-by-side so we could open the dividers and have the MEGA balcony )

When we originally booked, we booked the "Early Saver" rate which has price protection. Hopefully this pans out and I score the $40 onboard credit for each room, hence, $320 for the group. Not a big pile of cash, but hey, I'll take it!

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Good luck Krunch.
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Could be that lots of people have sen and read what happened. And came to the realation that, the fire was a rare occurance and that Carnival went all out to compasante those affected.
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If Carnival was a cruise line I enjoyed this would not deter me from booking a future cruise.
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One of our girls in our group is having second thoughts about going on Liberty in December because of the fire, I have no worries about going.
I need to find out how her cancelling would effect the other gal and I if she decides not to go. Time to call the TA.
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The Triumph thing will have very little effect on Carnivals overall operation.
I would venture to guess that since the passengers have returned home and to work and repeated their story over and over to everyone and anyone who would listen, freely or as a captive audience, that most folks are sick of hearing about it.
Carnival will sail on, just as it always has and when a few here and there cancels a cruise they have booked or don't book that cruise they had talked about, that just means a cabin or cabins will open up for someone else to enjoy, like me this fall on the Dream !
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One of our girls in our group is having second thoughts about going on Liberty in December because of the fire, I have no worries about going.
I need to find out how her cancelling would effect the other gal and I if she decides not to go. Time to call the TA.
if there were just 2 in the cabin and one cancels the remaming person will pay 200% but only pay taxes and fees for one and only have to pay tips for 1 person.

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if there were just 2 in the cabin and one cancels the remaming person will pay 200% but only pay taxes and fees for one and only have to pay tips for 1 person.

Bill
There's three in our group and she's going, she was being dramatic....she would have just lost her deposit and the other gal and I would of just paid the two person price.
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Yes. Several I had been watching sold out and prices raised. I didn't think that would happen. Thought worse case. Price stay the same.
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We got 2 price drops this week on our Halloween Magic cruise.
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UPDATE!

Last weekend while I was checking my email, I noticed that 2 of the 8 submissions I completed were honored and $40 came off each of those 2 rooms. The taxes and fees went up slightly, offsetting the price. As I reviewed those emails, the other 6 rooms started to trickle in. After it was all said and done, as we have 7 deck 9 balcony rooms, and 1 deck 9 interior room, the rebate seemed to be a room rate reduction of $40 per room, but a $0.75 increase in the taxes and fees per person in the room. So rooms with 2 people got a rebate of $38.50, a room with 3 people got $37.75, and a room with four people got $37.00. Not a big pile, but a few "Free" drinks is now how we look at it.

Poster above has received 2 rebates so far, congrats! I hope we find more savings before we sail as well!

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I booked our cruise 18 months out at what I thought were rock bottom prices and expected no price drops at all since prices have only rose since I purchased - a couple of weeks ago it was over $200/person more than I paid. Last week I got $228 in OBC for our upcoming Liberty cruise!!!!
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That's just the news' busy talk. Carnival has quite a large customer base despite their recent troubles. That is not going to change. They have no need to reduce fares as they still have the capacity to fill their ships and that's the bottom line. I've been on ten Carnival cruises and the ships all sailed full.
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