Is the price protection policy the same for new and existing Early Saver bookings?
No. New and existing Early Saver bookings both have price protection up to 2 days prior to sailing. However new Early Saver business cannot be protected to Super Saver, Instant Saver, or any fare that does not offer cabin assignment or any rate not publicly advertised on Carnival.com.
The policy for existing Early Saver business is slightly different in that they can be protected to Super Saver and Instant Saver fares. Please note if existing Early Saver guests want to be protected to Super Saver or Instant Saver they will be required to forfeit the stateroom they selected and we will assign their stateroom at check in.
More information, as always, is under FAQ: http://www.carnival.com/core/faq.aspx#q-1302124 (farecodes)
As of December 2012 Carnival made it very difficult to know which is the best price to use. USED TO BE Early Saver...but I am not thinking that any more. Too many restrictions and possible problems now could happen. I NOW prefer Past Guest.
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