Earn 5x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar when paying for your Carnival cruise

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This morning I received a rather pleasant email notifying me that Carnival gift cards are now available at over 9,000 retail outlets in the U.S. Some of the retailers mentioned are Kroger, Lowe’s, Safeway and OfficeMax. You can find the …

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Cruise stop #1: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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A couple of weeks ago we boarded the Carnival Valor out of San Juan, Puerto Rico for a one week trip around the Eastern Caribbean. Our first stop was St. Thomas, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and therefore, U.S. …

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Carnival Shareholder Benefit

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I just recently enjoyed a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise where I learned of the Carnival Shareholder Benefit from a fellow cruiser.  The benefit is great if you like to play the stock game and cruise as well.  Even better …

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Carnival’s Early Saver Rate is back – sort of…

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A few days ago I wrote a post about how the Carnival Early Saver rate appears to be on the way out. We have been keeping an eye on a Southern Caribbean cruise for a while, and the Early Saver …

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Is the Carnival Early Saver rate going away?

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So we’ve been keeping a close eye on an Southern Caribbean cruise we want to do with the family next year, and we have been waiting for the window to open where we are within the 5 months required to …

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Saving money while cruising – a few valuable tips

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Cruise vacations are a lot of fun. Just last weekend we went on a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas, and we enjoyed it a lot. You pay one flat rate per person, and for that you get world class …

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Coco Cay and Nassau with Royal Caribbean

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Last weekend we took a cruise with Royal Caribbean. When you live in Miami, cruising is very easy and affordable, since it is pretty much the largest cruise ship terminal in the U.S. We left on a Friday afternoon for …

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Carnival – Adjusting a non-price guaranteed cabin

I just ran into a scenario by where some months back I had booked an inside cabin on a Super Saver fare, but the prices have gone down a little bit since.  The benefit of the Super Saver is that it is …

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Tips for minimizing the impact of a lost bag

Losing a bag is one of passengers’ worst nightmares. My parents just recently had one of their bags lost by Air France while connecting at Charles DeGaulle on their way to a cruise out of Barcelona, and the bag never …

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Your booked cruise dropped in price? It never hurts to ask this…

Last month, we went on a Panama Canal cruise with Holland America. We booked the cruise 5 months ahead of schedule, since we had to plan our trip around our jobs. Originally, we booked an interior cabin. Right before our final payment deadline (75 …

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