In December of this year, we are going repeating the cruise of last September to Jamaica, Cayman Island, and Cozumel with the exception that we are getting married while on Cayman on the beach. We have just hit our 60's and retirement and we are bringing along my fiancé two married children and spouses and their 7 children total, making making it 13 going on the trip as of right now. It will be on Carnival, I believe out of New Orleans as we live in the Dallas and East Texas area. We would like at least Balcony rooms with that many kids. My question is where would I go to find the very best prices on cabins for that many and would it be better to get one suite, one balcony and one interior room? Please help with any information on ways to save money as we will be paying for this cruise for everyone.
Grandpa & Grandmaw getting married in Cayman Island!
I feel your pain about paying for the group--there are eleven of us this summer and DH and I are footing the bill.
One thing we have found helpful is to fund our onboard account with cash. When it's gone, it's gone, and we have to consciously add more money. No spending more than we realize that way.
If you are sailing on the Carnival Dream, I highly recommend the cove balconies. They are cheaper than regular balconies, but we like them because they are closer to the water. If you book a cove, be sure to book one no farther back than midship (the aft ones are under the galley and are reported to have noise issues).
If you are sailing on the Triumph, they have family oceanviews which are larger and have a shower and a bathtub.
I always book online because I like to control everything myself. Others have Carnival PVPs and prefer to book that way. You can also call the 800 number and book with whoever answers the phone--I would not recommend that since some are not as knowledgable or experience.
Booking Carnival with a TA doesn't allow as many perks as other lines, and I hate going through a third party. You cannot speak with Carnival directly about your booking--all contact has to be made through your TA.
Congratulations on your upcoming beach wedding!
We have booked cruised using a travel agent, a Carnival PVP and on our own on the Carnival website. I like to book the cruise myself now. I print out the deck plans to make sure that the room we want is not above or below a noisy area, and it's easy to see which rooms are available. My suggestion is to have the children in the same type of room and not have one in an Oceanview and the other family in an interior.
I'll echo the congratulations. I recommend using a Carnival Personal Vacation Planner (PVP). A good one can answer many questions and they have access to cabins that may not show up on line. Of course, it depends on how you booked your last cruise and if you have a good idea on how Carnival works.
I really like the suggestions from BonMIke and akaGrandmajo. Good luck and let us know what you decide, please..
This has been on my mind for the past hour. I have so many questions: Are you arranging the wedding yourselves, with a local person on Cayman Island or through Carnival? Carnival does have a wedding expert, it is listed at the bottom of the home page under "plan a cruise". That person may be able to answer more questions. If you plan it with Carnival, they will be able to make arrangements if the weather prevents docking at that port (always a risk). You lose nothing by calling and maybe gain some insight. We have seen couples that planned a wedding with a local company only to have that port cancelled for various reasons. We have also seen over the top weddings on the ship. Please, keep us updated with your plans. I am excited for you both!
Welcome to the site and Congratulations on your upcoming wedding.
We're bringing the kids, spouses and grands again this year (group of 8), and I know where you're coming from. Ditto on the recommendations to use a Carnival PVP. Ours was a great help in getting rooms next to each other and 2 interior connecting cabins, which will make it easier for the grands to romp back & forth. How old are 7 children and will they be the room with parents or a separate cabin? Guests 12 and younger can be booked directly across the hall, guests 13-17 can be booked up to 3 cabins away from a relative. Depending on the ages, you could possibly put 4 of the children in an interior across the hall and save those $'s; since they'll probably be out and about more than on the balcony. A PVP would be able to help with the planning and you'll find other helpful here in the forum. Have a wonderful cruise & honeymoon.
What a great plan ... congratulations ... I'm familiar with Princess but not Carnival so no help here! Above suggestions sound great ...
Congrats! Might want to go through a travel agent for that one. Sounds like a complicated order but very exciting.
Use the resources that are available to you. Call Carnival and use them if you need to, or another professional agent. They know things that can help.
We only had 6 of us for a family cruise on NCL, but our NCL go to guy was invaluable with his knowledge.
Good luck and Congrats.
Congrats on the wedding. Sadly, I have no advice for your dillema.
Use an experienced cruise specialist or call the cruise line and peak to a marketing rep for advice. Often a suite can work out less expensive with so many travelers. Enjoy your cruise. I'm sure that you will all have a ball.