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Old 08-24-2011, 07:19 PM
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Well the last cruise I booked was a 7 day in November.. We had a Ocean view.. I paid $349.00 What a deal (early saver) This year its above $410.00.. Fuel cost has been worked in.. Hey dwayne.. Will Carnival ever sail to bermuda from Charleston? that would be awesome oneday if they did...
Yes, they offer some Bermuda 6 day cruises from Charleston. Like Cruise Fanatic said they are more pricey. That is due to the demand in my opinion.

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Old 08-24-2011, 07:41 PM
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Dwayne- Maybe with the early saver price matching they don't figure they need to provide the upgrades too?
Jim, it doesn't work quite that way. Here's an example; Say I book a 4A at $xx. Then the 4E prices come down to match that or lower. I can then move into that Category since it matches my price point.

You have the option of taking the up-deck or the discount if the 4A is also lower than your original price. If you are past Final Payment the difference will be in OBC's.

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Old 08-25-2011, 04:19 AM
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I think what are strategy will be is to no longer book just carnival.. Some of the other cruiselines when it gets in that 90 day period have a good sale and need to move spme cabins because of the amount of rooms they have.. Just have to save the money and grab a quick sale lilke that from now on I guess.. I understand the cost increase and I wish we could have kept the prices low but those days are gone.. You rally have to dig now and watch everyday and grab one if it comes around.. Cruising is awesome and I would hate to give it up.but I will if I have to :{
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Someone earlier in this thread mentioned the importance of keeping pricing in perspective...and I agree.

Solely from my perspective, we (the passengers) have benefited greatly from the "glut" of new ships and pressures within the respective cruise lines to fill empty berths. This was not always the case.

Case(s) in point....when my wife and I got married way back in 1979, we spent our honeymoon on NCL's Sunward II...at 14,000 ton ship. We had an outside stateroom on Biscayne Deck and sailed in early August of that year on a 4 day "Bahamarama" cruise. 32 years ago, we paid $600/person for that cruise. A year later, we sailed on NCL's Skyward on a 7 day cruise for our first anniversary and paid $899/person (cruise only).

Again, in 1982, we sailed on the lowly Veracruz 1 (a 10,000 ton ship) from Tampa and paid (what I thought was a bargain at the time) $545/person for that cruise.

Bear in mind that all of these cruises were in the Fall and during Hurricane Season when cruises are usually significantly discounted.

Bottom line, in my mind, cruising illustrates one of those rare situations in life where the product actually has gotten much, much better over the years, but the relative costs (even with inflation NOT factored in) have actually been reduced or remained remarkably stable.

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Garnett:

In today's dollars that 4 day cruise in 1979 cost you $3700. The 7 day cruise in 1980 was like spending $5000 today. And that was 'cruise only'. Anyone out there willing to spend almost $4000 for a 4-night cruise this year? Well, besides me for the Rock Legends Cruise but that is truly a special event!
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