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Old 08-17-2009, 03:55 PM
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First time crusier here. I am considering a cruise with a few freinds but I really want my own cabin (by myself). Is it really that much more expensive to get a cabin by yourself ? How much more ? I'm considering a 7 day cruise on Carnival Splendor (mexican riviera) next April.
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The single supplement on Cat 1A cabins is usually 150% and for all other categories, 200%. There are a few taxes you don't have to pay, but that is about it.

For cruises that aren't selling, they sometimes drop the percentages, but don't plan on it.
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Thanks for the reply...I hate to be a dummy but does that mean an additional 150% of the original room price ? So double plus another half ?
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No, it means if the rate is $500 per person double occupancy then you would pay $750 if the single rate was 150%. But realize that depending on the cruise line and time of year it can often be 200%, meaning you are paying for two people (but not for two people's worth of taxes or port charges).
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Holy cow, OK ..thanks so much !
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Years ago I think Carnival only charged the 150%-200% on the base cruise rate only, and then charged the single port fee and single government taxes. But they've been doing something goofy now for awhile with the port fees. For instance here's an example.

Cabin 1A @ Single rate: Base cruise fare $195.00
Govt taxes $ 27.44
Port Fees $178.50

Cabin 1A @ Double rate: Base cruise fare $130.00
Govt taxes $ 27.44
Port Fees $119.00

As you can see they're charging slightly over 150% of the port fees on this one to the single person. It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
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That is odd. Port fees are supposedly based on passenger loading for the particular cruise, right?
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I used to think it was based on the actual number of people sailing. Thus a single would only be charged one port fee. But now I'm thinking it's either based on the total passenger capacity at double occupancy or even on ship tonnage. Or combination. It's hard to get a good answer from any reservation agents on that. They can't even tell you what the port fees involve. They don't even want to call them port fees anymore.

That would be a good question for someone to ask on a ship if they got a chance to attend one of those talks with the Captain and staff.
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Cabin 1A @ Single rate: Base cruise fare $195.00
Govt taxes $ 27.44
Port Fees $178.50

Cabin 1A @ Double rate: Base cruise fare $130.00
Govt taxes $ 27.44
Port Fees $119.00

As you can see they're charging slightly over 150% of the port fees on this one to the single person. It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
It looks like it is exactly 150% of the port fees to me. They haven't called those charges port fees for a long while. It has been a puzzle to me as well why they charge 150% of them. I've never been able to get a straight answer either regarding the break down of them.

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