Carnival cruise cheaper than a stay at Motel 6

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  1. sobore
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    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/carnival-cruise-cheaper-stay-motel-6-184716009.html

    For a brief time, the beleaguered Carnival Cruise line was offering potential passengers a four-night trip on its Imagination ship originating from Miami for $149 per person (for two travelers).

    As Bloomberg News pointed out, that came out to around $38 per night (plus fees and taxes), which was less than the cost of a room at Motel 6 (that'll run you $40 per night or more depending on location).
    Note: Since the blog was originally written, the price of the April cruise has risen: An interior room now runs $179, plus fees and taxes.

    Read More: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/carnival-cruise-cheaper-stay-motel-6-184716009.html
     
  2. daninstl

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    Cruising is a great deal IMHO. However depending on the ports the fees and taxes can add up. I recently booked my son on a carnival cruise for about $249 each only to find the total with taxes, port fees, etc, came up to $900 for two people. Still a great deal though.
     
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  3. LarryInNYC

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    Yeah, but at a Motel 6 they leave the light on for you. On Carnival, if the lights go, so do the toilets!
     
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    zing!
     
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  5. milchap
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    Stay at the Motel 6.....your chances are better. :p
     
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    Don't need the coast guard to leave the Motel 6.
     
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    I don't agree with their math: $149 per person double occupancy is $298 for four nights or slightly under
    $75 per night plus all taxes and fees. It's not at all hard to find budget motel rooms priced at less than $75 per night plus tax (and normally no additional mandatory fees).
     
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    And of course, you receive 3 table-service meals a day at your fine, fine, budget motel ;)
     
  9. Mapsmith
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    And you would need to get from MCO to Port Canaveral. About $100 for a shared ride. (or parking at $10+ per day.)
     
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    Add in the OBC you get if you are a Carnival shareholder.
     
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    Intresting, is this an ongoing offer or just related to Carnival's current issues?
    Link: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=140690&p=irol-sharebenefit
    Carnival Corporation & plc is pleased to extend the following benefit to our shareholders:
    NORTH
    AMERICA
    BRANDS
    CONTINENTAL
    EUROPE
    BRANDS
    UNITED KINGDOM BRANDS
    AUSTRALIA
    BRANDS
    Onboard credit per stateroom on sailings of 14 days or longer
    US $250
    € 200
    £ 150
    A$ 250
    Onboard credit per stateroom on sailings of 7 to 13 days
    US $100
    € 75
    £ 60
    A$ 100
    Onboard credit per stateroom on sailings of 6 days or less
    US $ 50
    € 40
    £ 30
    A$ 50
    The benefit is applicable on sailings through July 31, 2014 aboard the brands listed below. Certain restrictions apply. Applications to receive these benefits should be made at least two weeks prior to cruise departure date.
    This benefit is available to shareholders holding a minimum of 100 shares of Carnival Corporation or Carnival plc. Employees, travel agents cruising at travel agent rates, tour conductors or anyone cruising on a reduced-rate or complimentary basis are excluded from this offer. This benefit is not transferable and cannot be used for casino credits/charges and gratuities charged to your onboard account. Only one onboard credit per shareholder-occupied stateroom. Reservations must be made by February 28, 2014.
    Please provide by fax or by mail your name, reservation number, ship and sailing date, along with proof of ownership of Carnival Corporation or Carnival plc shares (for example, photocopy of shareholder proxy card, shares certificate or a current brokerage or nominee statement with your brokerage account number blacked out) to your travel agent or to the cruise line you have
     
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    This is a ongoing benefit. I think Royal Caribbean does the same sort of deal.
     
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    Thanks, just to be clear Carnival's brands are:
    CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES
    PRINCESS CRUISES*
    HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
    SEABOURN
    CUNARD*
    COSTA CRUISES
    AIDA CRUISES
    IBERO CRUISES

    So just that probably covers 1/3 or more of the major brands...

    Here is a link showing RCL's brands and a summar of the rules for both companies:
    http://www.cruisecompete.com/shareholderbenefits.php
    Royal Caribbean International
    Celebrity Cruises
    Azamara Cruises
     
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  14. Mapsmith
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    Actually, I believe that Carnival Corporation and its associated brands own and operate about 53% of all Cruise Ships worldwide.


    And the "Shareholder Benefit" of On Board Credit has been in existence for a Loooooong time. And it is not limited to just one redemption a year.
     
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    Ongoing. Had it 5 years now. Of course can be revoked any year.

    Royal Carribean offers it as well. One important point is Carnival allows it to be added to any other OBC. Royal a few years ago changed the terms that it isn't cumulative, you take that OBC or whatever special exists but can't add both together. This effectively makes the RC shareholder perk pretty useless unless you happen to find a cruise with no special deals.

    The shareholder perk and the future cruise certificates (now eliminated) with Carnival were quite the deal for OBC.
     
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