I've noticed that when pre-booking on line that they do require a credit card and do bill you for it. If for some reason the excursion gets cancelled or you want to cancel it at least 24 hours beforehand, they will credit your credit card on your sign and sail account. I have had this happen and the credit is almost automatic.
If there is an excursion that you really want at a specific time, then I'd suggest to go ahead and pre-book it online, your tickets will be in your cabin when you board.
We've pre-booked on Princess in 2002 and NCL in 2003 and did not have to pay with a credit card prior to the trip, so that's really confusing to me that others were required to pay prior to the cruise. On our sailings (Alaska and Europe), the cruise lines simply added the shore excursions to our on-board accounts, but there were no charges to our credit card prior to sailing. Maybe it depends on where you are going.
How do you find out the prices and how do you book early? My husband wants to dive in Roatan in Jan. when we sail there and was curious to pricing and reserving. Tried to go directly with company and they said that we had to go through Carnival.
Went on carnival but only found info, no prices and reservations.
THanks so much for help, Mo
Sailing Paradise- Jan 11th. Can't hardly wait.
I would suggest that you check with your travel agent to see if he/she can get you an advance copy of the shore excursion booklet. I guess every cruise line handles this differently, and I haven't been on Carnival recently. On some of the other cruise lines, the shore excursion booklet along with instructions for booking on-line are sent about 2-3 months prior to sailing. If your travel agent can't help or if you booked directly with Carnival, I would ask for a supervisor at the reservation number to see if they can help.