We purchased a "Deal Chicken" Carnival cruise pkg offered through Vacation Tour and Travel for $599.
Calling well before the 90 advanced booking but was told nothing available until Sept. They try to sell you upgraded rooms and when you dont then suddenly, nothing available now until Nov.
I called back and talked to a different agent and he was doing the same upgrade selling even though I said I didnt want to upgrade. He said they have only have been given a few of these 4a rooms from Carnival, and LA is a hard Port to get out of because its the most popular (even though they sold over 1,000 of these certificates). Also, I understand this is not valid for group travel but they say they will not allow any 2 vouchers to be redeemed through same sailing week. When I questioned how this is possible with only 52 weeks in a year he said, "well if we book to vouchers we investigate to make sure the travelers dont know each other".
We have ways of finding out and can terminate the voucher for fraudulant use.
?????? Basically they sell these to make money on upgrades and if you are not willing to upgrade then there is next to nothing available, no matter how much in advance you book!