glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Would Lower Deposits on Cruise Bookings Affect How You Cruise?

Carnival has recently lowered their required deposits on certain sailings as of April.  Would these lower deposit requirement affect which cruise you book or even how often you cruise?

Tags: Carnival Cruise Lines Lower Deposits on Carnival

22 Answers

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Not really - a lower deposit only means a higher balance due.

Generally I will look at the total price, then find out what deposit is due only after booking.

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

I do think that the deposit situation would vary as to where you are booking from. In England, if you cancel a cruise at any time, your deposit is lost. I understand that for USA bookings, you can cancel up to final payment and not lose your deposit which i personally consider to be a very strange way to run things

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

There are always "specials" that are presented by cruise lines regarding deposits and perks. I have not cruised on a Carnival vessel yet, but I have looked at some shorter inexpensive cruises out of L.A.

We got a great deal on our next cruise to Alaska on NCL with a few perks and a reduced deposit.

askeegan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

To be honest, being from Canada, a lower deposit is a bit of an incentive to book as our dollar is presently worth a lot less that what I would prefer.  Then we would watch the dollar for increases and pay the balance or installments, etc when applicable.

 

At the end of the day though, if it was a cruise I really wanted, I would book regardless

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Since I tend to not book far out deposit does not matter to me.   When I book it is in 90 days or less, so I pay in full.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

Same for me.  I finally told my TA not to call me about low deposits.  They are not a reason for me to book a cruise.  I am sure, though,nfor many people it can be a determining factor.

 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

There are enough low or no deposit specials. But the bottomline is that we want to book a cruise, we pay whatever the deposit required.  If we can't afford the booking deposit, we reconsider whether we can afford the cruise itself.  We live on an all-cash basis. While we use credit and charge cards for convenience, we pay off any balances each month. We pretty much know what our expected income and expenses are for months ahead. We know our cruise-ability and plan well in advance.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

We booked today on Carnival using the 50% off deposit deal. We would have had to wait awhile longer otherwise.

askeegan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I was talking to a friend of mine last night and they are booked on a NCL cruise during the march break and she told me that they now allow you to book in Canadian dollars, for those of us from Canada.  So that way in the event of dollar fluctuation, your price remains constant.  Very smart business practice.  I suspect I will be changing over to NCL!

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Enjoy your cruise and all the perks.

 

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