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My final payment for my Jan 2021 cruise is coming up the end of Oct.  I truly believe this cruise will be canceled as well with the way the numbers are going.  What are your experiences with final payment coming up?  should I wait for Carnival to cancel?  I would hate to make a final payment and then they cancel.  Thanks in advance.

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I made final payment, then transferred it to sept 2021. Prices are going up. Easy to use whole amount toward another cruise later this year or 2022.

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Do not make final payment on any cruise on any line right now.. Too many uncertainties including bankruptcy to give any of them any large amounts of cash right now .....unless they all lower final payment dates to 30 days most people will not be throwing these sinking companies final payments with all the risk. 

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3 hours ago, Anyislandwilldo said:

My final payment for my Jan 2021 cruise is coming up the end of Oct.  I truly believe this cruise will be canceled as well with the way the numbers are going.  What are your experiences with final payment coming up?  should I wait for Carnival to cancel?  I would hate to make a final payment and then they cancel.  Thanks in advance.

They want you to make the final payment so they can have more of your money interest free.  It is so transparent that Carnival didn't cancel through December 15th like most the other cruise lines including ones owned by Carnival Corp in order to take in some more cash form there long time customers. 

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1 hour ago, skridge said:

They want you to make the final payment so they can have more of your money interest free.  It is so transparent that Carnival didn't cancel through December 15th like most the other cruise lines including ones owned by Carnival Corp in order to take in some more cash form there long time customers. 


I understand your point but I have not heard of one person being forced to book a cruise on Carnival. 

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Our final payment went from 90 days to 30 days.


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3 hours ago, modes said:

Our final payment went from 90 days to 30 days.

 

For the first time, to try it out, I booked my November cruise through a travel agent.  The TA tells me (understandably) that they cannot delay the final payment date which is due August 30.  I regret having used a TA.  In my opinion, using a TA isn't worth the loss of control in dealing with the cruise line.  

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4 hours ago, modes said:

Our final payment went from 90 days to 30 days.


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What is the date of your cruise? If it’s this year then it doesn’t matter because it won’t sail anyhow. If it is 2021 then 30 days may help. Which is it? 

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8 hours ago, PhillyFan33579 said:


I understand your point but I have not heard of one person being forced to book a cruise on Carnival. 

I reread my post and couldn't find the part that said Carnival was forcing people to make final payments.  

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Take your money and run. Its going to be a very long time before cruising resumes and bankruptcy is looming.

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In my case, I have gift cards so will make final payment with those. The money has already been spent.

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28 minutes ago, skridge said:

I reread my post and couldn't find the part that said Carnival was forcing people to make final payments.  


I was addressing your point that Carnival wants “more of your your money interest free”.  My point is no one is forcing people to book cruises that have little to no chance of sailing. While I am not in the practice of giving out interest free loans to anyone, others are free to do what they want with their money in my book. 

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16 hours ago, Anyislandwilldo said:

My final payment for my Jan 2021 cruise is coming up the end of Oct.  I truly believe this cruise will be canceled as well with the way the numbers are going.  What are your experiences with final payment coming up?  should I wait for Carnival to cancel?  I would hate to make a final payment and then they cancel.  Thanks in advance.

 

My two cents, worth about the same as anyone else's:

 

I had a cruise in October that had a final payment due in mid-August.  I was committed to the staredown of Carnival to get the most I could out of them while committing nothing more than the deposit I had already made.  They blinked first, so I guess I won.

 

The end of October is at least two months away and a lot could happen between now and then.  Some of them would be favorable for your chances to sail, but most, alas, probably aren't.  Even if Carnival sails in January, it's likely to be with limited ships, limited capacity, and other limits you may not like.  

 

If you really don't want to take this cruise, I say go ahead and cancel, eat the penalties, and get what you can out of them.  But if you can afford to wait, I think it will be more profitable to do so.

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Final payment for our Thanksgiving week cruise on the Legend is due next week. I have been holding off payment as long as possible, especially since Holland has paused cruising through Dec. 15th. Waiting to see if Carnival will do the same. If I cancel now I lose $400 and the whole cruise only cost $685 for a balcony cabin, so a significant portion would be lost. I have already dealt with 3 cancelled Carnival cruises and found it easy to book something else for 2021 by calling the casino promotions number and having those agents transfer cancelled cruise costs and adding the FCC and OBC, No phone wait times either. All our Carnival cruises are through casino promotions. I'll probably pay the final balance for the Nov. cruise and just deal with any cancellation that may happen. Has been easy to deal with Carnival cancellations compared to our 2 Holland America cancellations. Took 3 months to get our taxes/fees credited to our credit card and 5 months to get our FCC which we finally received last week. Still waiting for FCC on 2nd Holland cancellation due to ship being sold. Can't call Holland like you can Carnival, as they are doing all changes by hand not electronically.

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I did not want to give Carnival any more money for my October cruise. I called right before the final payment due date and they were able to extend it by several weeks. Four days after my original due date they cancelled all the October cruises. If I had not extended it I would have lost a $500 nonrefundable deposit. If you want to go on your cruise you have nothing to lose by paying for it. If you are hesitant to sail because of the virus I would try to get an extension, like I did, and hope they cancel the cruise for you.

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I think the biggest thing we have learned from all this is that there is no benefit to making this decision/taking action before it's necessary. If you final payment isn't until later October, I wouldn't do anything until late October. Then, as the previous poster mentioned, call and see if you final payment can be extended. The longer you wait the more likely it is that Carnival will cancel for you without you having to pay any additional monies.

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