If we want to book early, what is the typical amount or percentage for the downpayment on a cruise? DH and I just paid all at once for our first one, but were wondering how to do it this way. Thanks everyone!
$400-$450 for 2 people in a 7 day cruise, approximately $900 for 2 people on a 10 day cruise, booking early has advantages in that your TA should give you the lower prices if the cruise you decide on goes down in price, but you don't have to pay increases if it goes up. Also your deposit is refundable up untill the time of your final payment. Hope this helps a little. Now go and book your cruise.
Costa Atlantica, 3/23/03
Jewel, 2/1/10, RCI cancelled our cruise, (insert sound of sobbing)
When we booked our cruise mid Feb., for two passengers, we gave a $500 deposit. I was told this amount would hold the price, and we could still get our deposit back up to 70 days prior to sailing, not the 60 days as some people have mentioned. I believe, I also got this 70 day timing from Carnival.
Somehow, my husband decided to take out insurance at the time of booking with the TA, and later, I was told the insurance fee would NOT be returned if we canceled. Anyway, we already payed in full for the trip. I believe today is the last day I can get a refund minus the deposit of $500 from Carnival. The insurance package was with the TA.
I will probably check prices again today with Carnival. However, upon my last call a week or so ago to Carnival, my category stateroom (8B) was sold out, in addition to categories 8A and 8C for our June 22 sailing.
Always ask questions from the TA or Carnival BEFORE you charge anything. Sometimes, the TA can give you a better price for Insurance, but do ask about refund possibilities. Don't assume anything.