Carnival Simplifies Cruise Fare

Travel agent and consumer feedback drives change to simpler structure By: Marilyn Green
Carnival’s simplified fare structure now offers three core options instead of six. // © 2013 Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival’s simplified fare structure now offers three core options instead of six. // © 2013 Carnival Cruise Lines

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Carnival Cruise Lines has simplified its fare structure by reducing the number of core fare options from six to three. Travel agent feedback played a strong role in the decision, indicating that Carnival’s fare structure was too complicated and made it difficult to book with the line. The revised fare structure became effective on Oct. 31 for all future sailings.

The three core fares are:

  • Fun Select: With a two-category stateroom upgrade, guests choose their stateroom assignment. The fare is fully refundable before final payment, offering a premium and flexible choice for guests.
  • Early Saver: This offers Carnival’s price protection guarantee and is the ideal fare for closing early business. This fare closes three months prior to sailing for cruises of five days or less and five months prior to sailing for cruises of six days or more. Guests choose their stateroom assignment. This fare includes a non-refundable deposit and $50 administrative fee for changes to the reservation.
  • Super Saver: This option generally opens when Early Saver closes. The deposit is non-refundable and the stateroom is assigned by Carnival. Super Saver is a good selection for close-in travelers.

The Fun Select Plus, Easy Saver and Instant Saver fare code options will no longer be offered. Qualifying fares such as past guest, resident and military as well as special promotional fares will continue to be available.

“We want to thank our travel professionals who gave us invaluable input through our quarterly travel agent survey, focus groups and Carnival Conversations. Their feedback has helped us tremendously in finalizing this new structure,” said Joni Rein, vice president of worldwide sales.

Carnival continues to gather travel agent feedback on its group program and will share updates in the coming weeks.

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