Cruise Deals

Royal Caribbean's Fall Adventure Sale offers bonus savings this weekend

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09Nov2018

Royal Caribbean is offering 60% off second guest, plus bonus onboard credit on cruises booked this weekend.

The Fall Adventure Sale is valid on cruises booked between 11/8/18 – 11/13/18 on sailings departing on or after 12/8/18.

BOGO Offer

 60% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full-fare paying guest. 

30% off cruise fare for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualified guests.

Kids Sail Free

Kids Sail Free provides free cruise fare for 3rd guests and higher who are 12 years old or younger on 4 nights or longer Alaska, Bahamas,Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, CaribNE,
Coastal, Cuba, Europe and Hawaii sailings departing between 12/1/18 – 12/14/19.

Offer excludes Holiday sailings (Sailings between 12/18/18 – 1/1/19), President’s Day sailings (Sailings between 2/15/19 – 2/18/19), Spring Break sailings (Sailingsbetween 3/16/19 – 3/30/19), Holy Week/Easter sailings (Sailings between 4/13/19 – 4/22/19), Summer sailings (Sailings between5/15/19 – 8/31/19) and 2019Thanksgiving sailings (Sailings between 11/23/19 – 11/30/19).

Kids Sail Free is not combinable with Deck the Holidays Deals.

Fall Adventure Sale

Up to $100 to spend at sea per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length:

  • On sailings 5 nights or less, $25 OBC for Interiorand Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites
  • On sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 OBC for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites.

Refer to www.RoyalCaribbean.com for complete terms and conditions.

Offer open to residents of US, Canada, Puerto Rico and select countries inthe Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean offering 60% off second guest and Kids Sail Free

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01Nov2018

Royal Caribbean is offering 60% off second guest and Kids Sail Free on new bookings made in November.

The November offer is valid on new bookings made between November 1 – December 4, 2018 on all sailings departing on or after December 1, 2018.

Here are the offer details:

  • 60% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full-fare paying guest
  • 30% off cruise fare for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualified guests
  • Kids Sail for Free Offer:
    • offers free cruise fare for 3rd guests and higher who are 12 years old or younger on 4 nights or longer Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, CaribNE, Coastal, Cuba, Europe and Hawaii sailings departing between December 1, 2018 – December 14,2019.
    • Offer excludes Holiday sailings (Sailings between December 18, 2018 – January 1, 2019), President’s day sailings (Sailings between February 15 – 18, 2019), Spring Break sailings (Sailings between March 16 – 30, 2019), Holy Week/Easter sailings (Sailings between April 13 – 22, 2019) Summer sailings (Sailings between May 15 – August 31, 2019) and 2019 Thanksgiving sailings (Sailings between November 23 – 30, 2019).
    • Offer is not combinable with Deck the Holidays
  • Great Escapes Sale
    • Great Escape Sale offers instant savings of up to $100 per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length
    • Valid on bookings made between November 1 – 5, 2018 on all sailings departing on or after December 1, 2018
    • On sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites
    • On sailings 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites

BOGO and Deck the Holidays Deals are combinable with Great Escape Sale, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. BOGO and Kids Sail Free are combinable with Great Escape Sale, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Great Escape Sale is combinable with promotional OBCs, instant savings, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military) but not combinable with Shareholder benefits and Crown and Anchor discounts. Kids Sail Free and Deck the Holidays are not combinable with each other. All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates.

Offer available to residents of United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean offering bonus onboard credit on cruises booked this weekend

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26Oct2018

Royal Caribbean's Daring Deals Sale offers guests 50% off the second guest, kids sail less, and up to $200 in onboard credit.

Royal Caribbean cruises booked between October 26-31, 2018 on all sailings departing on or after November 26, 2018. Offer excludes China departures.

Offer includes:

  • 60% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full-fare paying guest.
  • 30% off cruise fare for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualified guests.
  • Up to $200 onboard credit (OBC) when booking a non-refundable rate 6 months or more prior to cruise departure date and up to $100 OBC if booking a sailing less than 6 months prior to cruise departure date.
    • Sailings 5 nights and less:
      • $25 OBC for Interior and Ocean View
      • $50 OBC for Balcony
      • $75 OBC for Suite
    • Sailings 6 nights or longer:
      • $50 OBC for Interior and Ocean View
      • $75 OBC for Balcony
      • $100 OBC for Suite
    • Onboard credit excludes China departures.

BOGO and Deck the Holidays Deals are combinable with Daring Deals, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Daring Deals is combinable with NRDB OBC, OBC, instant savings, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military) but not combinable with Shareholder benefits and Crown and Anchor discounts. All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates.

Get instant savings and onboard credit with Royal Caribbean's Double Up Sale

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18Oct2018

Royal Caribbean's Double Up Sale rolled out today, which offers combinable instant savings and money to spend at sea.

The Double Up Sale is valid on cruises booked October 18 - 21, 2018 on sailings departing on or after November 18, 2018.

The deal includes:

 

  • BOGO60 - Buy one guest, get second guest at 60% off.
  • Kids Sail For Less: 30% off third and fourth guests
  • Instant savings
    • 5 Nights or Fewer
      • Interior / Ocean View: $25 USD per stateroom
      • Balcony: $50 USD per stateroom
      • Suite: $75 USD per stateroom
    • 6 Nights or Longer
      • Interior / Ocean View: $25 USD per stateroom
      • Balcony: $75 USD per stateroom
      • Suite: $200 USD per stateroom
  • Onboard credit
    • 5 Nights or Fewer
      • Interior / Ocean View: $25 USD per stateroom
      • Balcony: $50 USD per stateroom
      • Suite: $75 USD per stateroom
    • 6 Nights or Longer
      • Interior / Ocean View: $25 USD per stateroom
      • Balcony: $75 USD per stateroom
      • Suite: $100 USD per stateroom

BOGO and Deck the Holidays Deals are combinable with Double Up Sale, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant
Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Double Up Sale is combinable with NRDB OBC, OBC, instant savings, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military) but not combinable with Shareholder benefits and
Crown and Anchor discounts. All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates. 

Offer available to residents of United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean's Fall Savings Sale offers bonus savings this weekend

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11Oct2018

Royal Caribbean is offering 60% off second guest, plus bonus instant savings on cruises booked this weekend.

The Fall Savings Sale is valid on cruises booked between October 11-15, 2018 on sailings departing on or after November 11, 2018.

BOGO Offer

 60% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full-fare paying guest.

Fall Savings Sale

Booking Window: October 11 – 15, 2018
Sailing Window: All sailings departing on or after November 11, 2018

Offer details: Up to $100 instant savings

  • On sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites
  • On sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites

Fall Bonus

Booking Window: October 11 – 15, 2018
Sailing Window: sailings between November 11, 2018 – December 17, 2018

Offer details: Up to $100 instant savings

  • On sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites
  • On sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites

 BOGO and Deck the Holidays Deals are combinable with Falling Savings Sale, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Falling Savings Sale is combinable with NRDB OBC, OBC, instant savings, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military) but not combinable with Shareholder benefits and Crown and Anchor discounts.  All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates. 

Offer available to residents of United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean. 

Royal Caribbean offering 60% off second guest with Wave October sale

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02Oct2018

The month of October has Royal Caribbean offering Buy One Guest, Get Second Guest 60% Off and 30% savings for third and fourth guests.

The Wave October sale runs between October 1 – 31, 2018 and is valid on sailings departing on or after November 1, 2018.

It inculdes:

  • 60% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full-fare paying guest.
  • 30% off cruise fare for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualified guests.

As a bonus, cruises booked between October 1 – 6, 2018 may qualify for the Wander Now sale, where guests can get instant savings of up to $100 per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length:

  • On sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites.
  • On sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites.

Fall Bonus: provides instant savings of up to $100 per stateroom for those guests’ sailing between November 1, 2018 – December 17, 2018. Instant savings determined by category booked and sailing length:

  • On sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites.
  • On sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suite.

BOGO and Deck the Holidays Deals are combinable with Wander Now Sale, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Wander Now Sale is combinable with NRDB OBC, OBC, instant savings, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military) but not combinable with Shareholder benefits and Crown and Anchor discounts. All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates.

Offer available to residents of United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean. 

Royal Caribbean's WOW Sale kicks off with 50% off second guest, kids sail free and bonus onboard credit

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24Sep2018

Royal Caribbean's WOW Sale begins today, with up to $300 bonus money to spend onboard the ship.

The WOW Sale is valid on bookings made between September 24 – 27, 2018 on all sailings departing on or after October 24, 2018.

The WOW Sale includes:

  • 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full-fare paying guest.
  • 25% off cruise fare for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualified guests.
  • Up to $300 onboard credit. Onboard credit is determined by sailing length and category booked:
    • $50 OBC for Interior and Ocean View, $75 OBC for Balcony and $100 OBC for Suite on sailings 5 nights and less
    • $75 OBC for Interior and Ocean View, $125 OBC for Balcony, and $200 OBC for Suite on sailings 6 nights or longer
    • Onboard credit excludes China departures
  • Kids Sail Free Offer
    • Free cruise fare for 3rd guests and higher who are 12 years old or younger on 4 nights or longer Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, CaribNE, Coastal, Cuba, Europe and Hawaii sailings departing between September 30, 2018 – May 14, 2019 and September 1, 2019 – December 14, 2019.
    • The Kids Sail Free Bonus excludes sailings between November 17 – November 23, 2018, sailings between December 18, 2018 – January 1, 2019, sailings between February 15 – 18, 2019, sailings between March 16 – 30, 2019, sailings between April 13 – 22, 2019 and sailings between November 23 – 30, 2019.
  • Free Upgrades Promo
    • Includes free upgrades from ocean view to balcony when sailing on Anthem of the seas for all sailings departing on or after October 24, 2018. Free upgrades refer to purchasing a Balcony at the price of an ocean view at standard/full fare.

BOGO and Deck the Holidays Deals are combinable with WOW Sale, Free Upgrades, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. BOGO and Kids Sail Free are combinable with WOW Sale, Free Upgrades, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Deck the Holiday Deals and Kids Sail Free are not combinable with each other. WOW Sale is combinable with Free Upgrades, NRDB OBC, OBC, instant savings, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military) but not combinable with Shareholder benefits and Crown and Anchor discounts. All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates.

Offer available to residents of United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean. 

Royal Caribbean offering bonus instant savings with Rush into Adventure sale

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14Sep2018

Royal Caribbean is offering up $100 instant savings, plus up to $100 extra on select winter sailings booked this weekend.  This is in addition to Royal Caribbean's current BOGO 50% off and kids sail free offers.

The Rush into Adventure sale is valid on bookings made between September 13 – September 17, 2018 on sailings departing on or after October 13, 2018.

The offer includes:

  • 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full-fare paying guest.
  • 25% off cruise fare for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualified guests.
  • Instant savings of up to $100 per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length:
    • On sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites
    • On sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites for all ships excluding Anthem of the Seas.
    • On Anthem of the Seas, it offers:
      • on sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior, $50 for Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites.
      • on sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior, $75 for Ocean View and Balconies and $100 for Suites for only Anthem of the Seas sailings. 
  • Kids Sail Free Offer: 
    • Free cruise fare for 3rd guests and higher who are 12 years old or younger on 4 nights or longer Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, CaribNE, Coastal, Cuba, Europe and Hawaii sailings departing between September 30, 2018 – May 14, 2019 and September 1, 2019 – December 14, 2019.
    • The Kids Sail Free Bonus excludes sailings between November 17 – November 23, 2018, sailings between December 18, 2018 – January 1, 2019, sailings between February 15 – 18, 2019, sailings between March 16 – 30, 2019, sailings between April 13 – 22, 2019 and sailings between November 23 – 30, 2019.
  • Deck the Holiday Deals:
    • provides instant savings of up to $150 per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length:
      • On sailings 5 nights or less, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $75 for Suites; on sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $100 for Balconies and $150 for Suites for those guests’ sailing between December 18, 2018 – January 1, 2019 and sailing between December 19, 2019 – December 31, 2019. 
  • Fall Sailings Promo Code Driven Promotion:
    • offers up to $50 instant savings determined by category booked: $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View and $50 for Balcony and Suites for those guests’ sailing on Empress, Enchantment, Majesty, Mariner, Liberty and Freedom of the Seas between September 30, 2018 and December 17, 2018.
    • Must be added through promo code: SAVE.
  • MEI-Travel Exclusive! Get A Free Spa Treatment
    • Book a balcony or suite, on any Alaska or Europe sailing departing 5/1/19 – 9/30/18 and receive a complimentary spa treatment!
    • Must book by 10/31/18.

BOGO and Deck the Holidays Deals are combinable with Rush into Adventure Deals, Free Upgrades, Fall Sailings Promo Code Driven Promotion, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. BOGO and Kids Sail Free are combinable with Rush into Adventure Deals, Free Upgrades, Fall Sailings Promo Code Driven Promotion, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Deck the Holiday Deals and Kids Sail Free are not combinable with each other. Rush into Adventure Deals is combinable with Free Upgrades, Fall Sailings Promo Code Driven Promotion, NRDB OBC, OBC, instant savings, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military) but not combinable with Shareholder benefits and Crown and Anchor discounts. All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates.

MEI-Travel Free Spa Treatment offer: Offer applies to new bookings made September 1, 2018 – October 31, 2018 in a Balcony or Suite on any Alaska or Europe sailing departing May 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019. Offer includes one treatment per sailing, eligible for one guest per stateroom. Offer includes choice of one spa treatment from the following: Elemis Super Food Facial; Swedish Massage; Reflexology including Massage. Offer may be used towards the purchase of another service at the value of a Swedish Massage. Spa appointments must be made onboard. Offer is combinable with all offers and promotions, except other spa offers. Offer applies to new, individual and named group bookings confirmed at prevailing rates. Individual reservations can transfer into an existing group, assuming required criteria are met. Offer available in the USA and Canada. Offer subject to availability, change without notice, capacity controlled, cannot be transferred, and may be withdrawn at any time. Contact your travel agent for full offer details. Royal Caribbean International reserves the right to correct errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change fares, fees and surcharges at any time without notice

Offer available to residents of United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean. 

How to get cheap cruise deals

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10Sep2018

If you are trying to find a cheap Royal Caribbean cruise deal, there a few good strategies that you can employ to narrow your search down and lock in on a great rate.  Royal Caribbean offers a tremendous value across its sailings, and sometimes you can snag an even better deal on select sailings.

Competition in the cruise industry to outdo each other and offer new cruisers greater incentives to try a cruise vacation means there can be significant savings to reap, thanks to various sales promotions and offers.  

It is important to realize that what constitutes a good deal is in the eye of the beholder, as value is a relative proposition. This means that finding a cheap cruise deal is more about finding a price that works for your budget, rather than scouring the internet for a bargain basement price.  With cruising as popular as ever, finding ridiculously low rates is not that realistic.  With that being said, there are definitely deals to be found and here is our strategies for finding the best ones!

Book early

The best strategy for getting the lowest price on a Royal Caribbean cruise is to book your cruise as early as you can.  Royal Caribbean's prices tend to go up over time, as more and more guests book up rooms.  As a result, we find the lowest prices tend to be offered early, especially for shorter sailings.

If you can book at least six months in advance, you will likely lock in a much lower price.  If you can get in on new sailings when they are announced, you will find often the lowest prices that are regularly offered by the cruise line.  Pricing for staterooms is not an exact science, but in general, the more rooms that are booked up, the less inventory left and thus, higher prices.  By booking early, you will avoid the peak prices that will be offered later.

Booking early is especially important for high-demand sailings, such as the summer, holiday weeks (Christmas, New Years, Spring Break, et al).  These sailings will always command higher prices, so the key for getting the lowest price on these cruises is to book early.

Short sailings (less than five nights) tend to be booked much closer to the sail date than longer sailings, so we find that if you can book nine to twelve months in advance (or earlier), significant savings can be found.

Check for price drops

If you live in a country where you can adjust the price of your cruise prior to final payment date (United States, Canada, Australia....sorry, not the United Kingdom), then a really good strategy is to check regularly for price drops.

The basic premise of this strategy is to re-price your booked sailing and see if the price has changed.  If the price has gone down on the category stateroom you booked and you are before final payment date, you can contact your travel agent to adjust the price.

In terms of how often to check for price drops, the most practical strategy is to check when a new sales promotion is announced.  Some folks will check daily, but that may be a bit aggressive for our taste.  You will want to check periodically, although if you employed our first tip and booked your cruise early, you may find the price you locked in is already a great rate.

Skip the newest ships

Royal Caribbean places a premium on its newest cruise ships, since they are the "latest and greatest" cruise ships available and have the highest demand.  While we love the amazing innovations these new ships offer, if you are looking for a cheap cruise deal, they are found in the established ships in the fleet.

As new ships enter the fleet, their net effect is pricing for older ships in the fleet tends to go down. Think of it in broad terms like new cars.  New car models are priced higher than last year's model.  

Royal Caribbean's Freedom, Voyager, Radiance and Vision class ships are priced extremely well, and price savvy consumers will often find terrific bargains on these ships.

If you are concerned that an older ship will mean a boring or less-exciting time, fear not. Royal Caribbean spends millions of dollars in ship revitalizations that have added new activities, features and amenities that almost make them feel like new ships.

Use a travel agent

One of the best resources for finding a great deal is a good travel agent.  It is their job to stay informed of promotions, price drops, special sailings and more.  

Travel agents work directly with the cruise lines and they have additional information at their disposal to get you a lower price.  There are special group bookings, internal agency promotions and even special discounts for select travel agents that no internet search will return.  Moreover, a good travel agent will work with you to get the best price not just at the time of booking, but all the way until your final payment date. 

A good strategy for picking a travel agency is to contact them for a quote and to ask the agent a few other questions about prices, the cruise or any other concern you may have.  The point of this is to get a sense of their level of responsiveness and service.  Finding a good partner in a travel agent can make your life so much easier, and I think that is far more important than someone else offering you an extra $20 discount.

Be sure to ask your travel agent about something called the "Going, Going, Gone" rates.  These are weekly deals offered by Royal Caribbean on select last-minute sailings that the cruise line wants to fill up.  

Guarantee cabins

If you are not picky about where your stateroom is located, booking a guarantee stateroom can save you a lot of money.

Guarantee staterooms are a tool that Royal Caribbean uses to help fill in empty staterooms. Basically, the cruise line offers a discounted rate for a guarantee room, which means if you book this rate, the cruise line will assign a room of at least the category you chose for less than someone who picks their stateroom number.

The "catch" to a guarantee room is that Royal Caribbean will assign your room number at some point between when you book the stateroom and your sail date.  You are essentially trading the ability to pick your stateroom location for a lower cruise fare.

Non-refundable rates

The lowest cruise fares these days tend to be for non-refundable cruise fares.  Like the airline and car rental industries, Royal Caribbean will offer you a lower price on a cruise if you commit to a particular ship and sail date rather than booking a fare that allows for a full refund.

Most staterooms will offer a refundable and non-refundable rate.  The non-refundable rate will be lower than the standard fare during brand promotions.  The "catch" is if you want to cancel the booking, or change the sail date and/or ship, you will incur a $100 per guest change fee for each qualifying change made to the reservation. There is no limit on the number of change fees that can be incurred.

If you are certain of the sailing you want to go on, then there is little risk with booking a non-refundable rate.  It is important to understand the consequences of having to change your booking later prior to committing to this option.

Cruise in shoulder seasons

If you can go on a cruise in the slower times of the year, referred to as the shoulder season, you can net some deeply discounted cruise prices.  These are times of the year when most guests are unable or unwilling to go on a cruise.  Typically this is when school is still in session and/or immediately before or after a common time for vacations.

If you want to target these slower times of the year, consider cruises during:

  • January (minus New Years)
  • First two weeks of February
  • Early May
  • September
  • October
  • Early November (minus the weeks of Veterans Day and/or Thanksgiving)
  • First two weeks of December

As you can tell from the time of the year listed, you are trying to avoid holidays when families look to go on vacation.  Those times of the year are when there are built-in days off of school or work, and as a result, there is higher demand for cruises.

Look for special rates

Royal Caribbean offers special residency and occupational rates that can net even greater savings on a cruise fare.  Royal Caribbean offers regularly special rates on select sailings to members of the U.S. and Canadian military, senior citizens, first responders, interline personnel, and even residents of certain states or countries.

The exact discount and eligibility rules will vary, so your best bet is to inform your travel agent of any of these you may qualify for. Certainly a good travel agent may ask you in advance if you are a veteran or what your occupation is, but it is important to be aware of these types of discounts.

Residency discounts are especially good to key in on, such as residents of Florida, where you may find cheaper deals on select sailings.  During the booking, be sure to mention your home city and state to see if there are any special rates available.

Repositioning cruises

One of the best values in cruising are repositioning cruises, where the cruise begins in one port and concludes the cruise in a different port.  These types of sailings often feature very low prices per night, along with longer sailings.

One-way repositioning cruises, such as transatlantic or open-jaw sailings, are priced lower because airfare prices tend to drive up the total cost of the vacation and thus, less guests are interested in booking them. 

Many veteran cruisers will tell you repositioning cruises are some of the cheapest cruises around, in addition to being a quite enjoyable cruise experience.

Kids Sail Free with Royal Caribbean's Labor Day Weekend Sale

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30Aug2018

Royal Caribbean announced its Labor Day Weekend Sale, which offers guests 50% off the second guest, kids sail free and up to $100 instant savings.

The Labor Day Weekend Sale runs between August 30 - September 4, 2018 and is valid on all sailings departing on or after September 30, 2018.

It includes:

  • 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full-fare paying guest.
  • 25% off cruise fare for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualified guests.
  • Kids Sail for Free Offer
    • Free cruise fare for 3rd guests and higher who are 12 years old or younger on 4 nights or longer Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, CaribNE, Coastal, Cuba, Europe and Hawaii sailings departing between September 30, 2018 – May 14, 2019 and September 1, 2019 – December 14, 2019.
    • The Kids Sail Free Bonus excludes sailings between November 17 – November 23, 2018, sailings between December 18, 2018 – January 1, 2019, sailings between February 15 – 18, 2019, sailings between March 16 – 30, 2019, sailings between April 13 – 22, 2019 and sailings between November 23 – 30, 2019. Kids Sail Free is not combinable with Deck the Holiday Deals.
  • Instant savings of up to $100 per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length:
    • Sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites
    • Sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites for all ships excluding Anthem of the Seas as it offers: on sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior, $50 for Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites; on sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior, $75 for Ocean View and Balconies and $100 for Suites for only Anthem of the Seas sailings.
  • Free Upgrades Promo:
    • Free upgrades from ocean view to balcony when sailing on Anthem of the seas for all sailings departing on or after September 1, 2018.
    • Free upgrades refer to purchasing a Balcony at the price of an ocean view at standard/full fare.
  • Fall/Winter Sailings Promo Code
    • Offers up to $50 instant savings for any Empress, Enchantment, Majesty, Mariner, Liberty and Freedom of the Seas sailings determined by category booked: $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View and $50 savings for Balcony and Suites for those guests’ sailing between September 1, 2018 and December 17, 2018. Must be added through promo code: SAVE.
  • Deck the Holiday Deals
    • Instant savings of up to $150 per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length:
    • Sailings 5 nights or less, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $75 for Suites
    • Sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $100 for Balconies and $150 for Suites for those guests’ sailing between December 18, 2018 – January 1, 2019 and sailing between December 19, 2019 – December 31, 2019.
    • Deck the Holiday Deals is not combinable with Kids Sail Free.

BOGO and Deck the Holiday Deals are combinable with each other as well as with Labor Day Weekend Sale, Free upgrades, Fall/Winter Sailings Promo Code Driven Promotion, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. BOGO and Kids Sail Free are combinable with each other as well as with Labor Day Weekend Sale, Free upgrades, Fall/Winter Sailings Promo Code Driven Promotion, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Kids Sail Free and Deck the Holiday Deals are not combinable with each other. Labor Day Weekend Sale is combinable with Free upgrades, Fall/Winter Sailings Promo Code Driven Promotion, NRDB OBC, OBC, instant savings, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military) but not combinable with Shareholder benefits and Crown and Anchor discounts. All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates.

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