Price Drop - is it worth it?

I have signed up to track our upcoming Dec trip so that if there is a price drop I would be made aware of it. This morning I got notified of a $63/drop, since my hubby & I paid the higher price & the kids were less, it works out to be approx $130.00 cheaper, however we have a $50 onboard credit we would have to give up which is fine. When I checked into this on Carnivals website, the form requires a lot of info. Just wondering if it is worth going through the fuss for $130.00 & if I decided to do it, should I call instead of filing out the online form.


Anyone else here who has done it? If you do it & the price drops again by a decent amount can you call for the 2nd price drop as well?


Thanks for your wisdom fellow cruisers :-)

8 Answers

That's something only you can decide. If o saw a price drop of $130 and had to give up my $50 OBC I would still be ahead money that I could use while onboard. The form takes just a minute to fill out.

If you are booked Early Saver, any change in your booking has a $50/person fee. Before you submit the form, I would call and make sure you aren't going to lose money on this.

You can submit as many price drops as you wish as allowed by the terms of your booking. Most fares only allow price drops until final payment is made. Some allow no changes, and Early Saver allows changes after the final payment.

Thank you! I didn't realize any change would cost per person. I was told when I booked that before we made any payments to call in so they could check for price drops & make the adjustment but no mention was made of anything else. I will investigate futher, thank you!

Yes, please check with the cruiseline because they have so many different rates with different stipulations. Yours may be completely different from mine, and policies do change.

I agree, call and get clarification from Carnival. To us any price drop is worth it. I just had to change a cruise from November to December. It was booked with early saver and it cost $100 in fees, I knew it would.(By the way, we still got an $80 refund). If it is a price drop in your original cruise under early saver, it shouldn't have fees attached, but...... Good luck!

This is one time I see the value in a good PVP. I have quit booking Early Saver because I was told there would be a penalty with price drops, but I fully trust your information. Mine came straight from the 1-800 line, which can be compared to KY weather--if you don't like it, give it a couple of days and it will change.

My apologies if I have given misinformation.

It would only be an $80 savings since you lose the credit. I would wait for a larger drop, or possibly an upsell.

We saved $800 between the two of us with Price alert. We did lose some of our on board credit but we had $1,500 in credits anyway, which we probably wouldn't have used all of it. Our TA handled all the details. This is a long cruise so the savings are substantial.


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