Last year my friend was a little upset that the cruise fare dropped after she booked.
She booked a Guaranteed Inside cabin on the Legend.
When she arrived on board she was surprised to find her room (Carnival calls it an inside) was actually
an Obstructed view with French doors just behind the life boats. So in that case she received an upgrade.
Yes, in order to get price reductions (after your final payment)...you must book Early Saver.
However, if the price reduction is large enough (and cabins are available) even without Early Saver...you can ask for a free upgrade AFTER the final payment.
Carnival did away with OBC AFTER the final payment when they implemented the option of Early Saver.
Cruising is like airline tickets...the rates can change daily.....
Btw, I believe this has been in place for a year??? So...not a "new" policy....
Yes, they changed the policy right after they implemented Early Saver. You said this perfectly. They are supposed to offer "upgrades" now when available instead of the OBC's when inside of penalty. Prior to this change, they indeed gave OBC's for price drops if you asked.
Julie, I'm sorry to hear of them being rude to you. It would have been better if they would have taken a moment and explained the policy change. I am glad to hear they did eventually come through for you with an OBC.
Myself, I would rarher have the OBC. What they call an upgrade is not one to me..
With Early Saver I do both now. I get the "updecks" and mid-ship location I want, then get the OBC's when that category price is lowered. Example; I booked Riviera Deck, I'm now on mid-ship Empress Deck with OBC's to boot! You have to really keep a watch on the pricing though.
Dwayne, you are one lucky cruiser. Is the price for your cruise changing daily? We are not so lucky here from Galveston..seems like they lock on the price knowing Texas cruisers will pay. Maybe mine will drop the closer it gets to the May 1st time.
Rodney- Galveston is known for having rising prices instead of falling. But if your cruise is May 1st you have a good chance. The schools are still in and spring break is well over. So you are cruise very non peak. They won't drop until much closer to your cruise. Dawyne's is in 2 weeks...
I've said it before, but I don't see why everyone should expect to get something everytime their cruise price fluctuates. You either book early and get the cruise you want with the cabin/deck you want or you wait to see if the cruise goes on sale. Most stores will not let you return the item you bought last week just because there is a sale this week, so cruise lines shouldn't be any different.