Any group Carnival Cruisers out there...???
Posted 12 February 2009 - 05:51 PM
And as of right now, they aren't doing us any favours. What are realistic expectations?
Please let me know!
Posted 12 February 2009 - 05:54 PM
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 07:20 PM
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 08:44 PM
We didn't get a discounted rate for having a group, but we did get perks. Depending on how big your group is depends on how many GAP points you get. Then based on your points you can pick and choose from a list. I'm pretty certain most cruise lines are comparable with how they do this.
I also am going directly through Royal, not using a TA. I have heard of horror stories where certain TA's have not given all earned perks.
If you don't think you are getting what you deserve, call the group dept directly and give them hypothetical of your exact group and ask what you are entitled to. They should be more then willing to let you know. Just tell them you are considering booking a group for that sailing =)
Hope this help! GL with your planning!!
Posted 12 February 2009 - 09:32 PM
Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:42 PM
I've had some groups where we've had $100 off per cabin and a $200 shipboard credit per cabin and other groups where we were only able to get $25 discount per cabin and no amenity points.
Carnival sets Fun points amounts and with cruise prices falling as they have been I doubt they are offering many extra amenities anymore. They just can't give the vacation away as quality would suffer somewhere-personally I'd rather give up some extra perks and enjoy good food & pleasant staff !
Posted 02 July 2009 - 11:22 PM
Posted 03 July 2009 - 09:28 AM
Now, I need some more help. We have a block of 14 rooms with deposits on them which were to be held until the final deposits are due in Nov.
Now, Carnival has called my TA and told her that they will be taking those rooms back as of July 17th since the ship is booking faster than expected. As a TA could she not advocate for more time for us? Or is she stuck?
3 weeks is a little quick to have our invitations (already designed) printed, sent and people booked...
I'm a little disheartened with my whole travel agent / cruise experience. I've booked every international trip myself whether resort or backpacking and have had wonderful experiences. Smooth running experiences. Is it just the cruise industry that is so fickle? Or maybe a TA problem??
-They changed the entire sailing ship/dates last year this time...
-Then they told me that any rooms that had deposits needed names in order to hold them at the price I had gotten (so a mass email was sent by me to my guests ...very tacky!)
-Now they've changed the sailing itinerary
-And SOMEHOW -this really doesn't make sense-.. we have 12 rooms (without names) set aside again and they are trying to pull the same thing they did last year requiring names by Jul 17th...it doesn't make sense.
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