I remember that when previously booking cruises I was always given the option (online) to choose the stateroom guarantee which was a little cheaper but you were not able to select a specific stateroom. I just noticed that this is not popping up anymore when booking via the carnival website. Did they do away with that?
They may have changed the name like NCL did. What used to be a guarantee balcony on NCL is now a Sail Away Balcony. Marketing people cannot leave well enough alone. They always need to rename things to make them look different.
it seems not to be an option anymore
It has been, maybe the change was the first of the year or because there is a special right now. You could call and ask. Wish I could be of more help. I seem to recall the choice came up as an option after you decide which type of cabin you wanted. I know it was there as recently as Thanksgiving.
You might be right about the special, haven't thought about that.
I just added (about a month ago) a stateroom for two of my kids on our cruise in May and that option was still available. It is a guaranteed balcony and, yes, it was a little bit cheaper than selecting a room. We are cruising on the Freedom out of Galveston but I would think it would still be available for all ships.
I quit using that option. It seemed that when I got around to booking a cruise, 6 to 12 months ahead, there were only two or three cabins that I liked still available anyway. I like to bolt my cabin down before I get on board.
The option was still available when I booked our March 2019 cruise a couple of days ago, and there was a sale on.