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Old 12-08-2007, 05:45 PM
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Is 120 days out as far as Princess lets you book.
We just booked our Carnival excursions at 316 days out.
We now have our cruise and our excursions paid for.
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:54 PM
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Great! I'm very happy for you. Renting a car in Honolulu is certainly good; but don't forget that Honolulu has a GREAT bus system that will get you wherever you want to go, without the hassle of traffic and parking. And the people couldn't be more friendly or helpful. Just a thought.
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Old 12-08-2007, 06:00 PM
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Gary, yes; I've never been able to book farther out than 120 days. I'm curious--I've heard some say that your excursions are charged to the card you registered right away. On Princess none of your pre-reservations (excursions or spa services) post until the last day of your cruise.
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Old 12-08-2007, 06:20 PM
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We were on Princess Sun in June of 2006. When we booked our excursions on line a few month out, they did not charge our account until we were on board.
On Hal and Carnival they charge your credit card right away. At first I did not like this, but it is nice to get the $$ out of the way. On our last Carnival cruise in Oct our final sign and sail bill was under $200.00. that was nice.
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Old 12-08-2007, 06:41 PM
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Gary, I fully understand your thinking--get it out of the way as soon as possible; then the final bill is much less. I just don't like giving them my money four months ahead of time and letting them earn the interest I should be earning. I very much like Princess' recent policy of offering reduced deposit requirements on advanced bookings--sometimes by as much as 50%. That gets my attention and has even influenced some of my recent cruise decisions.
 
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