Last week my wife got a fairly nondescript letter in the mail from Carnival Cruise lines. There was a little sticker on it that said something like “Special Offer inside”. Frankly, I’m surprised that she even opened it as we get crap like that all the time. She read the letter and Carnival said that they wanted to give us a free cruise. She ignored it and was even hesitant to show it to me. When I got home later that evening, she said “Here. Look at this.”
I read it and read it again. It certainly looked like Carnival wanted to give us a free cruise. I’m thinking that there’s got to be a catch. We’re not big players in the casino. In fact, she won’t gamble at all and I don’t play more than $5 Blackjack. We don’t drink much. We don’t buy much in the shops. The most expensive thing that we’ve ever purchased on board was a Citizen watch. Curiously, the offer was sent directly to her but in the past, we’ve always booked our cruises in my name. We’ve only cruised on Carnival 4 times so it’s not like we’re steady customers. Our last cruise was in December 2012.
Still thinking that it was too good to be true, I logged onto the Carnival website, entered my wife’s ID # and lo and behold, there was her offer for a free cruise for 2 for an interior cabin. For $40 apiece, we could upgrade to a window cabin. For $80 apiece, we could get a balcony cabin. I immediately booked a balcony cabin on a June cruise out of New York for 8 days going to St. John’s, San Juan and Grand Turk.
All in all, it wasn’t entirely free because I have to pay the $160 for the spa balcony upgrade and around $300 in port fees. There will also be around another $160 in gratuities. These are all normal charges. So for $620, we’re getting a $3700 cruise! The only stipulations were that the cruise had to be booked by March 3rd and taken by June 2014. No problem there.
Moral of the story: If you’re a Carnival customer and get a letter from them with an offer inside, it wouldn’t hurt to open it.
I hope this doesn’t read too much like spam. It’s just mundane pointless stuff I had to share.
And BTW, if you did get a letter from them in the last week or so and threw it away, you can still go to the offers section of their website, enter your VIFP # and see if they gave you one. It can’t hurt.
The reservation process was a little wonky on their website because after I picked the cruise that I wanted and went to select a deal, the only thing that showed up was their regular price. There was a little link that said “Show offers” or something like that that I clicked on, entered my wife’s VIFP # again, and then the free option showed up.