Cost and Travel Agent

 


I'm all about full disclosure. Yes, it costs "x" amount for the cruise itself, but what's the bottom line of what it's going to cost me? What other expenses are there? What's included and not included? I've done my best to reveal everything I know about. Please let me know if I'm missing anything!

TRAVEL AGENT INFO
-- Gloria Boensch; Baird's Vacation Station;
(989) 737-4401; (989) 652-8268; Gboensch@chartermi.net
-- When booking your cruise, the travel agent will need the full names as they appear on your passports, addresses, and birth dates.
-- Also let the travel agent know the following as you may get a small discount:
1. Prior cruise experience -- cruise line and guest #.
2. Military?
3. State reside in.

CRUISE ITSELF
(1) Interior Stateroom:
$658.79 per person ($429.79 base price + $229 taxes*); 4B category; Decks 1 & 2.
(2) Oceanview Stateroom:
$698.79 per person ($469.79 base price + $229 taxes*); 6B category; Decks 1 & 2.
(3) Balcony Stateroom:
$929.00 per person ($700.00 base price + $229 taxes*); 8C category; Decks 7 & 8.
*Taxes Include: Port fees, government fees, and taxes.

-- The deposit is $250 per person ($500/cabin).
-- Based on availabilty, you get to pick your stateroom!
-- The remaining balance is due by November 20, 2010.
-- You can make payments toward the balance until it's all paid off by November 20th.
-- You can pay by credit card, check, or cash.
-- The above rates are subject to change at ANY time as we need to have (8) cabins to lock these rates. Please book now to lock at the current rate.
-- When (8) staterooms are booked, we can lock in a set group rate.
-- All prices are in U.S. dollars and are per person double occupancy. Single occupancy rates will be quoted directly from the travel agent.
-- Carnival reserves the right to re-instate the fuel supplement for all guests at up to $9 per person per day if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel.


OTHER EXPENSES
(1) Gratuities
$10/per day/per guest -- $70/entire cruise/per guest.
Carnival will automatically charge this to your account.
-- For beverage purchases, 15% of the bill is automatically added to your account.
-- Room Service staff should be tipped as service is rendered.
-- Tipping your Maître d’ is at your discretion, based upon the service you receive.

(2) Air Fare
If needed, air fare to and from Los Angeles. Our travel agent is able to help you purchase your air fare.

(3) Travel Insurance
It's highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance. You never know what could happen between now and the date you leave. Our travel agent is recommending MH Ross. The premium is $55/per person for $501-$1000 of coverage. If you add airfare to your trip, it would be $83/per person for $1000-$1500 of coverage. Our travel agent can help you set up the travel insurance. Carnival also offers a Vacation Protection Plan which is slightly more expensive.

(4) Pre- and Post-Cruise Transportation and Lodging
-- Transportation to and from the ship.
-- Lodging before and after the sail dates.
-- If driving, vehicle parking.

(5) Unlimited Soda Program
This may not be a necessity for everyone, but I looked up the costs anyway. A program is available for unlimited soft drinks and juices at a onetime purchase price (including 15% service charge). A sticker is attached to your Sail & Sign card.
$36.23 -- Age 17 and younger.
$48.30 -- Age 18 and older.


WHAT IS INCLUDED
Stateroom Amenities/Services
-- Carnival’s Comfort Collection in all rooms.
-- In-stateroom toiletries and amenities.
-- 24-hour stateroom service.
-- In-stateroom movies.

Food & Drink
-- Fine Dining in the dining rooms (includes lobster and steak served on every cruise).
-- Casual Dining at the Lido Restaurant, the Rotisserie, the California Roll Sushi Bar, the Tandoori, the Deli, and the Grille. Convenient 24-hour Pizzeria, room service, soft-serve ice cream, and frozen yogurt around the clock.
-- Lemonade, coffee, tea, water (from a fountain, not bottled water).
-- Spa Carnival menu offering healthful selections low in calories, fat, sodium, and cholesterol.

Onboard Activities Day & Night
-- All onboard clubs, bars, and lounges.
-- Spectacular stage shows.
-- Live music, including three bands and orchestra.
-- Poolside entertainment (live music, games, dancing, and more).
-- Comedy acts and international singers.
-- Carnival’s Seaside Theatre, a jumbo-sized LED screen.
-- Most activities including karaoke, dance lessons, trivia contests, and more.
-- Fitness center, sauna, and outdoor jogging track.
-- All pools and hot tubs.
-- Sliding Sky Dome, enjoy the pool rain or shine.
-- Twister Waterslide, 3 decks high!
-- Children's water-spray park.
-- Serenity, an adult only area.
-- Mini Golf.
-- Ping pong.
-- Library.

Youth Programs
-- Camp Carnival for ages 2 through 11.
-- Circle “C” for ages 12 through 14.
-- Club O2 for ages 15 through 17.


WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
-- Various beverages (alcoholic drinks, specialty coffees, and bottled water).
-- Unlimited Soda Program (entitles you to unlimited sodas while onboard).
-- All items from the patisserie (pastries, baked goods, indulgent sweets, etc.)
-- Cloud 9 Spa treatments and services.
-- Ship-to-shore communications (i.e. WiFi capability, cell phone roaming charges apply).
-- Internet Cafe.
-- Photographs, portraits, or film developing.
-- Onboard duty-free shopping.
-- Medical services.
-- Shore excursions.
-- Casino, bingo, and other gaming.
-- Arcade.
-- Gratuities.
-- Golf Academy.
-- Babysitting Services (from 10PM to 3AM in Camp Carnival for ages 11 and under).
-- The steakhouse.