Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a Last Sale of the Year,with discounted rates on selected sailings through the end of May. Prices start as low as $219 per person for a three-day cruise to the Caribbean, and did I mention free category upgrades? But you'll need to book by Thursday night.
Now, snagging this deal presumes you haven’t sworn off cruising (or Carnival) after watching umpteen images of the Carnival Splendor, crippled by an engine fire, being stranded at sea and towed ashore. (See an update on canceled Splendor cruises below.)
The deal: Start by looking at the list of cruises and destinations at Carnival’s website. Fares for this sale, also called "November Sale" online, aren't the rock-bottom lowest, but this deal allows you to select your cabin and upgrade to a higher deck of the ship (it's a category upgrade, not a cabin upgrade). To make a reservation for the sale fares, use the code P3D.
When: The offer is good, subject to availability, on select sailings through May 31. But reservations must be made by 9:00 p.m. PST Thursday.