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Old August 14th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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Default Does Carnival ever offer reduced deposits?

I know if you book with a CC group, you can get reduced deposit, but I'm under the assumption you can't book a specific state room. Maybe I'm wrong.

Princess is having an awesome sale right now where our family of 3 can book a cruise for 2011 and only put down $200, total, not pp. The only problem is that the cruise is $1000 more than a comparable one on Carnival. Just wondering, if in the past, Carnival has ever had reduced deposit specials???
I would love to get another one in the works. I like to have a lot to look forward to!!

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RCL also has WOW sales, for $100 pp deposits and OBC if you are interested in that kind of booking.

Iv never seen a reduced deposit sale on Carnival.
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Even the group cruises sponsered by CC do not offer reduced deposits to solo cruisers. Never understood that. What difference does it make if someone is traveling with someone else or not? They are already getting up to twice as much from the solo cruiser.
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If you book 5 cabins or more you can ask for a reduced deposit. They reduced ours to $50.00 per person with the rest being due 3 months later. It really helped with getting people to go having the lower deposit. $200 a person is pretty steep for some of our friends.
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I've booked thru my TA for 2 different cruises that are a year out for $25 dep, and i'm going solo. I don't know how she manages it, but maybe cause we go as a group of about 35 of us ?
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A reduced deposit would really help me out. I want to book a cruise for 2011, but all my money is tied up with a 2010 cruise.
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Yes, sometimes Carnival apparently does offer specials on deposits.

Our PVP called us about one last month.

But I would think that it is not frequent.
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I have never seen Carnival offer reduced deposits.......I have however see RCCL offer this quite often with their wow sales as firefly mentioned........
Maybe check out RCCL sailings? Also as DTC mentioned Princess has some really great deals........
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I like Carnival but I don't like their deposit policy. Wish it was less. I was doing some "exploratory" pricing for Nov 2010. Cruise would be $605 and they want $300 deposit! Another was $500 on a $1268 cruise. I think 25% would be a a fair amount for a deposit but 40-50% when booking so far out is more than I want to give Carnival for such a long period of time.
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I did call Royal Caribbean this morning and was told that the deposit on a 7 day cruise was $250/pp. Same as Carnival. I'm sure they run specials on reduced deposits, as I've seen it, but apparently not right now.
Boy I wish that Princess cruise wasn't $1000 more, I'd really like to book it.
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I did call Royal Caribbean this morning and was told that the deposit on a 7 day cruise was $250/pp. Same as Carnival. I'm sure they run specials on reduced deposits, as I've seen it, but apparently not right now.
Boy I wish that Princess cruise wasn't $1000 more, I'd really like to book it.
You are looking at 2011......you have plenty of time.....wait and watch for the sales.........
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Yeah, 2011. Crazy I know, but I like to have vacations to look forward to.
I have until today to book the Princess if we want to......such decisions!!
Anyone have any bad stuff to say about Princess so I change my mind???
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If your booking direct with Carnival drop me a line and I'll give you a little tip I found out about years ago.
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Anyone have any bad stuff to say about Princess so I change my mind???
Their cheeseburgers were pretty bad on the Sapphire!

Otherwise, no! (Though I had a great time they are not $1,000 better than Carnival for a similar itinerary however)
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Lorna, share with all of us.
Yeah really! I have two cruises in mind I'd book if the deposit was less!
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-Carnival Splendor (PT Forward 1214) - Mexican Riviera (Cabo x2 and Puerto Vallarta) - March 2011 - Platinum for DW!!
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-Carnival Miracle (VS Aft Wrap 4228) - Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk [drive by], Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba) - November 2010
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-Sapphire Princess (BB Aft Balcony C753)-Mexican Riviera (Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo) - November 2008
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If you book 5 cabins or more you can ask for a reduced deposit. They reduced ours to $50.00 per person with the rest being due 3 months later. It really helped with getting people to go having the lower deposit. $200 a person is pretty steep for some of our friends.
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Yeah, 2011. Crazy I know, but I like to have vacations to look forward to.
I have until today to book the Princess if we want to......such decisions!!
Anyone have any bad stuff to say about Princess so I change my mind???
Which Princess ship? I have to say the Crown was my favorite cruise to date......
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Share with me too! I would love to book a cruise now for Mar cuz the price is going up but dh doesnt get his "productivity check" until end of Nov. I have to make final pymt on Nov cruise soon so I dont have the $1250 dep for 5 people. Wish I knew a way to book it now for less and pay it off completely with his check.
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