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Carnival Cruises Excursion Discount - 10% off (possible 20% off code too)

raw92378 31 April 9, 2012 at 02:37 PM in Travel (2)
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Folks -

For those that may be taking a cruise with Carnival coming up, there may be an opportunity to get a discount on the shore excursions offered through the ship. A poster at the cruise critic message boards posted two codes that get a 10% or 20% discount off your excursion.

10% off code --> BGD001

20% off code --> BGT002

There has been multiple confirmed success using the 10% code and mixed results with the 20% off code.

You have to book the excursion through the Carnival website. There is supposed to be a discount code box for the entry.


Hope this helps someone out.

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Tried this on two different excursions and did not work, either of the codes. Tried for a cruise in December, will see if it works for one over the summer..


*Tried for a cruise in June and neither worked there either. :/
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#3
99% of the time, we take excursions through private tour companies unaffiliated with the ship. Smaller groups, more personalized service, and half the cost! We've done it in the Caribbean, Mexico, all over Europe, Turkey, Egypt, and will be doing it in Russia and the Baltics this summer. We've never had a bad experience after doing research at cruisecritic.com and going with well-reviewed, trusted vendors.

Actually, now that I think of it I've only done 2 ship-sponsored excursions (and they were both pretty awful!) One was on my first cruise, before I knew better, and the other was in Sicily, where the only non-ship option was to rent a car and drive, which was out of my comfort zone.

I don't want to thread crap, because if you've decided ship excursions are the way to go for your group, then great, this can help. But if you're booking a vacation and trying to decide what to do, DEFINITELY research your private tour options! We've loved them all.
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sorry, but with all the horror stories about Carnival Cruises and pending litigation, no way
I'd board one of their vessels. And then there's the way they handled the
Costa Concordia tragedy.

To each their own but I'll stick with NCL and RCL.
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#5
BGT002 takes 10% off my excursions.
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I have to agree with Karen. I'm coming up on my 19th cruise, and always book through the provider if at all possible. The cruise lines just add/take 30% off the top, and then you get to wait in a longer line. There are a few benefit to booking directly (get off the ship first in tender ports, etc.) but generally you're better off booking direct and giving the money to the people doing the actual work.

That said, 10 or 20% is still 10 or 20%. Smilie
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#7
My girlfriend and I are newbies when it comes to cruising, so booking through Carnival is easier at this point. The BGT002 code worked, but only took 10% off. Still, better than nothing.

Thanks OP!
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Quote from Karen182 View Post :
99% of the time, we take excursions through private tour companies unaffiliated with the ship. Smaller groups, more personalized service, and half the cost! We've done it in the Caribbean, Mexico, all over Europe, Turkey, Egypt, and will be doing it in Russia and the Baltics this summer. We've never had a bad experience after doing research at cruisecritic.com and going with well-reviewed, trusted vendors.

Actually, now that I think of it I've only done 2 ship-sponsored excursions (and they were both pretty awful!) One was on my first cruise, before I knew better, and the other was in Sicily, where the only non-ship option was to rent a car and drive, which was out of my comfort zone.

I don't want to thread crap, because if you've decided ship excursions are the way to go for your group, then great, this can help. But if you're booking a vacation and trying to decide what to do, DEFINITELY research your private tour options! We've loved them all.
Don't complain when prices rises or services drop. Ship excursions, like alcohol, make up a nice chunk of revenue.
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Quote from poo View Post :
Don't complain when prices rises or services drop. Ship excursions, like alcohol, make up a nice chunk of revenue.
I'd rather pay more for the cruise and still go with the private tour options. For example, in Egypt I had a tour with 12 people for 2 days, staying overnight in a 5 star hotel overlooking the pyramids for $300pp. The ship's comparable tour was $1000, came back to the ship overnight, and had 45 people per group. Not even a comparison. The group size alone made the difference worth it.

In Athens, I had a private taxi driver take my husband and me around all day, drop us off at various sites and pop us around to each thing we wanted to see on our schedule. No cheaper than the ship's "highlights of Athens" tour, but I didn't have to deal with a humongous bus of my 60 closest friends and matching the pace of the slowest person on the bus.

I don't care how much cruise prices rise, when I cruise, I will go with independent tour operators. They cater to what I want on a vacation, instead of shuffling me like cattle onto oversized buses!
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I'm a cruise newbie and I have a question,

when you say "private tour companies" do you mean the ones that do business in the US or on site at the destination ? The reason I ask is I'm going on a cruise to Cabo San Lucas this Aug and would like to check out the famous Lover's beach, what would be the "correct" way to do this ?
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Quote from NeedBargain View Post :
I'm a cruise newbie and I have a question,

when you say "private tour companies" do you mean the ones that do business in the US or on site at the destination ? The reason I ask is I'm going on a cruise to Cabo San Lucas this Aug and would like to check out the famous Lover's beach, what would be the "correct" way to do this ?

Right as you get off the ship you will be swarmed with tons of people asking to take you wherever you want. They are called water taxis and are usually pretty reasonable. But I believe you can do it from the ship too, or if you want it to feel a little more secure through a company at the docks.
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For you cruise newbies--
when you book an excursion from an outside company, it's your responsibility to get back to the ship. No big deal- until it is. If you miss the ship, you will have to find your own transportation, usually via airplane to your next port. $$$$$$$.
Having said that, I've cruised a lot, and have only taken 1 excursion offered from the cruise line, and I have to agree that is was no where near as fun as going out on our own.

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Cabo San Lucas this Aug and would like to check out the famous Lover's beach, what would be the "correct" way to do this ?
you can take a water taxi to this beach from the port. You can check with this company as well. cabo-adventures.com I have not used them, but I understand they're reputable. We drove around via Sol Mar, but found that the tide was too high to actually get to that beach-- lots of rock climbing over rough ocean. google map it, you'll see.
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