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If you think some family would appreciate recuperative Thanksgiving, don't miss this deal @85% off brochure price, and make a gift they'll never forget:

http://cruises.priceline.com/sc.do?d=11/22/2012&d2=11/22/2012&i=...

1. berths will go fast, so don't delay to book
2. if anyone wants a little perk (bottle of wine, small OnBoardCredit), I recommend trying CruiseCompete for this sailing

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Depends on what you plan on paying for..

respdoc (Nov. 08, 2012 @ 9:57a) |

On personal level, I encourage people to make possible candidates aware of the opportunity + offer them to contribute 50... (more)

SinglePapa (Nov. 08, 2012 @ 10:42a) |

10 days (non-stop) at sea last October was great! Looking forward to 11 days (8 straight) at sea next month.

NoMoneyInMyWallet (Nov. 08, 2012 @ 11:15a) |


insane price!
even more so because you don't have to factor in travel to florida to depart.

really costs less to a private donor than what government spends housing/feeding victim families

Couple this with using a Cash Back credit card in the onboard casino and you're looking at a really really inexpensive week long trip.

+$300 in tax...

is it? what's the breakdown?

That is an insane deal. Cheap family vacation! Too bad I don't live in New York take advantage of this deal.

I want to re-iterate the purpose here.
1. what's the precise breakdown?
2. why wouldn't Carnival announce some kind of matching fare donation for residents of this effected area, instead of dumping fares onto the market? this corporate apathy just doesn't make sense

Double occy

Cruise Subtotal: $578
Tax: $270
Total: $848

Tax = Ouch. Clearly the lack of HDMI kills.

Still quite a deal for an 8-day cruise...but given thanksgiving and how close this is...and the current state of NYC (ahem, blizzard today!) I can see why this is so heavily discounted. Still debating it

2 people travel 8 days for $848 which is $54 per person per day, IMO this price is not bad.

ciscoopa said:   Double occy

Cruise Subtotal: $578
Tax: $270
Total: $848

Tax = Ouch. Clearly the lack of HDMI kills.

Still quite a deal for an 8-day cruise...but given thanksgiving and how close this is...and the current state of NYC (ahem, blizzard today!) I can see why this is so heavily discounted. Still debating it

the actual taxes are $135
keldar69 said:   +$300 in tax...

again, I didn't post this deal to hype it. It may be unusually high discount, with hurricane season over and capturing school recess...But my point:
1. charities always had Thanksgiving gifts
2. government spending HIGHER PRICE to house/feed victims per day
3. unlike Katrina, this time government doesn't rent cruise ships because the season in NY area is inappropriate

So why isn't there a private initiative in place, given that cruise biz is so slow??

wow, is this good for singles? lol. how much $$ should you bring with you?

SinglePapa said:   I want to re-iterate the purpose here.
1. what's the precise breakdown?
2. why wouldn't Carnival announce some kind of matching fare donation for residents of this effected area, instead of dumping fares onto the market? this corporate apathy just doesn't make sense
I'm trying to figure out your point. Are you suggesting that if a storm victim is trying to sift through the damage of their property, dealing with insurance adjusters and getting their life back together, that they are best served by shipping out to sea for 8 days? Or are you suggesting that the cruise ship should park in the NY harbor for a week and rent the boat to the government instead of sailing around at deep discount prices (and what about all the other people that have already booked their dream Thanksgiving vacation?).

Not thread-crapping. Just trying to figure out your point.

I think you have to bring a friend, since price is based on double occupancy.
I would have done it, if that tax wasnt so high i think. 50% tax or whatever...
I guess airlines charge high fees in addition to the ticket price as well though.

Nice ship. Nice price. 4 days at sea is a bit much. The Atlantic coast is not as smooth as the Caribbean. Personally, I prefer RCCL.

user3657 said:   wow, is this good for singles? lol. how much $$ should you bring with you?

Single fares typically run 150%-200% higher as the rates shown are for double occupancy. Drinks (soda or alcohol) are not included but there are free options (water, tea, coffee, juice). However, suggested gratuities run at least $10/day/person to cover your dining staff and your room attendent. I know this is FW, but gratuities are not really "optional" unless you truly have bad service as these people work very hard for you (and Carnival adds the gratuity automatically once onboard ... you have to go take it off).

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This is a constructive discussion. I actually thought both were non-starters. I'm flying a baloon to elicit innovative enterpreneurial and social approach, in hope to discover a great do-good project. So the basics:
1. Ship schedules should not be interrupted
2. Initiative should be Carnival's in conjunction with matching donors.
3. No one is forced to sail, and this is not necessarily for affected people with dire logistical agenda on their hands. However, everyone in the area has suffered extreme stress; and why not make a great offer available to residents of say, NY NJ PA MA and forgive me if I'm not listing all affected states.
4. End result for Carnival would likely be collecting no less revenue than they do by dumping fares. End result for qualified tourist would likely be slightly lower cost than offered. End result for donors would be great Thanksgiving and recovery project, which beneficiaries would remember for a long time

I don't have all the answers, but my gut feeling is that this is what America is about: efficient, promotional charity. Not the kind of fund misuse, non-competitive contractors and plain boring business as usual

dcwilbur said:   SinglePapa said:   I want to re-iterate the purpose here.
1. what's the precise breakdown?
2. why wouldn't Carnival announce some kind of matching fare donation for residents of this effected area, instead of dumping fares onto the market? this corporate apathy just doesn't make sense
I'm trying to figure out your point. Are you suggesting that if a storm victim is trying to sift through the damage of their property, dealing with insurance adjusters and getting their life back together, that they are best served by shipping out to sea for 8 days? Or are you suggesting that the cruise ship should park in the NY harbor for a week and rent the boat to the government instead of sailing around at deep discount prices (and what about all the other people that have already booked their dream Thanksgiving vacation?).

Not thread-crapping. Just trying to figure out your point.

Still not exactly following. So instead of donating to the Red Cross so that a displaced homeowner can get a blanket and a hot meal, I'm encouraged to send a stressed-out New Yorker on a cruise?

The fact of the matter is that this ship is sailing from NY in two weeks with some empty cabins. Carnival would rather fill the cabins at deep discount rather than have them sit empty. The marginal cost of the additional passengers is probably nominal, so even at the deep discounts, Carnival is booking profit. The only people likely to take advantage of this are people within a few hours driving distance from NY (otherwise, last-minute airfares make it a lukewarm deal), and realistically, how many people can book an impromptu 8-day vacation anyway?

So, yes, if you are a stressed out New Yorker with flexibility at work, by all means, enjoy this bargain-priced cruise. I fail to see the charitable opportunity that this presents though.

user3657 said:   wow, is this good for singles? how much $$ should you bring with you?


Depends on what you plan on paying for..

On personal level, I encourage people to make possible candidates aware of the opportunity + offer them to contribute 50% as one example - if you wanted to do something good for them anyway.

On wholesale level, I'd encourage cruiselines to solicit, for example, the same operators like Priceline + dozen other to match cruiseline's rebate and offer a gesture to region's residents. I'm sure both the cruiseline and the re-seller could also derive some gov.benefit, tax rebate, etc for making this a charitable event. This is just scribbling on a napkin by an amateur; I'm sure that a society genius with Madison Ave, biz and gov. pull could come up with a great package

P.S. Don't underestimate style. Leave tuna sandwiches+water and military blankets ration, gas ration to the government geniuses to handle. Private and some non-profit geniuses are capable of bringing more color to community. I just think Carnival is missing out on Sandy relief opp

dcwilbur said:   Still not exactly following. So instead of donating to the Red Cross so that a displaced homeowner can get a blanket and a hot meal, I'm encouraged to send a stressed-out New Yorker on a cruise?

The fact of the matter is that this ship is sailing from NY in two weeks with some empty cabins. Carnival would rather fill the cabins at deep discount rather than have them sit empty. The marginal cost of the additional passengers is probably nominal, so even at the deep discounts, Carnival is booking profit. The only people likely to take advantage of this are people within a few hours driving distance from NY (otherwise, last-minute airfares make it a lukewarm deal), and realistically, how many people can book an impromptu 8-day vacation anyway?

So, yes, if you are a stressed out New Yorker with flexibility at work, by all means, enjoy this bargain-priced cruise. I fail to see the charitable opportunity that this presents though.

spook52 said:   4 days at sea is a bit much. The Atlantic coast is not as smooth as the Caribbean.10 days (non-stop) at sea last October was great! Looking forward to 11 days (8 straight) at sea next month.



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