Cruise Deals

Royal Caribbean's Presidents' Day Weekend Sale offers bonus onboard credit

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17Feb2017

Royal Caribbean is kicking off a 5-day flash sale, where the cruise line is offering guests up to $100 onboard credit on top of the February WAVE season offer.

For cruises booked between February 17-21, 2017 on sailings on or after March 19, 2017 (excluding China departures), Royal Caribbean will offer guests:

  • Buy one guest, get second guest 60% off
  • 30% cruise fare savings for 3rd guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests
  • Up to $100 onboard credit
    • Sailings 5 nights or less
      • Interior/Oceanview stateroom: $25 onboard credit per stateroom
      • Balcony/Deluxe stateroom: $50 onboard credit per stateroom
    • Sailings 6 nights or longer
      • Interior/Oceanview stateroom: $50 onboard credit per stateroom
      • Balcony stateroom: $75 onboard credit per stateroom
      • Deluxe stateroom: $100 onboard credit per stateroom

BOGO60 is combinable with 30% 3rd and 4th Guest Savings, OBC, Anthem Dollars Off, Crown & Anchor discounts and NextCruise offers. BOGO60, 30% 3rd and 4th Guest Savings, OBC and Anthem Dollars Off are not combinable with restricted rates. OBC is not combinable Crown & Anchor discounts.

Offer open to residents of U.S. or Canada.

Royal Caribbean WOW Sale offers extra onboard credit and reduced deposit

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07Feb2017

Royal Caribbean's WOW Sale begins today, with stackable savings that provide bonus onboard credit and reduced deposit on top of the current February WAVE offer.

For five days only, guests can enjoy bigger savings with this WOW Sale. Cruise must be booked Feb. 7-11, 2017. Offer applies to all sailings departing on or after Mar. 9, 2017 (excluding China departures). Here is the breakdown for this new promotion.

  • Buy one guest, get one guest 60% off
  • 30% off third and fourth guests
  • 50% reduced deposits
  • Onboard credit
    • Cruises 5 nights or less
      • $50 USD per stateroom
    • Cruises 5 to 9 nights
      • $100 USD per stateroom
    • Cruises 10 nights or longer
      • $200 USD per stateroom
  • Balcony upgrade offer on Anthem of the Seas
    • Free upgrade from Ocean view to balcony on Anthem of the Seas sailings departing on or after April 2, 2017.

WOW Sale is combinable with BOGO60, 30% Savings for 3rd and 4th guests, Anthem Upgrade, standard/full fare and restricted rates and Next Cruise offers. WOW Sale is not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military, etc.) Crown & Anchor discounts, Shareholder Benefits or Loyal to Royal Sales. 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, and Net Rates.

Offer available to residents of United States and Canada. 

Spotted: Royal Caribbean offering up to 30% off pre-cruise purchases in Cruise Planner

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04Feb2017

Royal Caribbean is offering a special three-day sale, where guests can save up to 30% off select pre-cruise purchases.

The "Sale Before you Sail" deal is available for guests on select sailings, and offers discounts on services, such as unlimited drink packages, internet packages and even some shore excursions and spa treatments.

The exact discount available will vary from sailing to sailing, but there appears to be a fair amount of discounts applied.

Based on the countdown clock, it appears this promotion ends at midnight on February 6, 2017.

To check if your sailing has this new offer available, log into the Cruise Planner on Royal Caribbean's web site and navigate to the Dining & Beverage section to see any available offers.

If you have a drink package already prepurchased, you should be able to cancel the purchase and then re-purchase the same drink package under this promotion.

Royal Caribbean offering cruise deals for families with BOGO 60% off, plus 30% off third and fourth passengers

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01Feb2017

Royal Caribbean's newest cruise offer begins today, with discounts on the whole family.

Royal Caribbean's newest WAVE season offer starts with buy one guest, get second guest 60% off, plus 30% off third and fourth guests.  On top of it, there is a bonus offer on select Anthem of the Seas sailings. This new offer is available on Royal Caribbean cruises booked February 1-28, 2017 on all sailings departing on or after March 2, 2017 (excluding China departures).

  • Buy one guest, get second guest 60% off
  • 30% cruise fare savings for 3rd guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests
  • Bookings made Feb. 1-13, 2017 on Anthem of the Seas sailings departing on or after April 2, 2017 are eligible for free upgrade from Ocean view to balcony on Anthem of the Seas sailings departing on or after April 2, 2017. Free upgrade refers to booking a balcony stateroom for an ocean view stateroom at standard/full fare

BOGO60 is combinable with adjoining 30% Savings for 3rd and 4th guests, Anthem Upgrade, Crown & Anchor discounts and NextCruise offers. BOGO60, 30% Savings for 3rd and 4th Guest, and Anthem Upgrade are not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, and Military). 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, Shareholder Benefits.

Offer available to residents of United States and Canada.

Royal Caribbean offering bonus onboard credit with 30% off all guests offer

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13Jan2017

Royal Caribbean is offering bonus onboard credit on top of its current WAVE season deal, which means more savings for guests across the board.

The Winter Wanderer Bonus will provide up to an extra $50 per stateroom for guests to spend at sea. Cruise must be booked Jan. 13-16, 2017 to sailings on or after Feb. 12, 2017 (excluding China).

  • 30% off standard cruise fare for all guests in a stateroom
  • 50% reduced deposit
  • Up to $150 instant savings per stateroom
    • Sailings 5-nights or less
      • Interior/oceanview: $25 per stateroom
      • Balcony/suite: $50 per stateroom
    • Sailings 6-nights or longer
    • Interior/oceanview: $50 per stateroom
    • Balcony: $100 per stateroom
    • Suite: $150 per stateroom
  • Bonus onboard recit per stateroom
    • Interior/oceanview: $25 per stateroom
    • Balcony/suite: $50 per stateroom.
  • Anthem Free Upgrade - From Ocean View to Balcony on Anthem sailings on or after March 1, 2017. Please note that the "upgrade" will be reflected as "purchase a balcony at the price of an ocean view"

30% Savings is combinable with adjoining Instant Savings, OBC, Anthem Upgrade, Crown & Anchor discounts and NextCruise offers. 30% Savings, Instant Savings, OBC and Anthem Upgrade are not combinable with restricted rates. Instant Savings and OBC are not combinable Crown & Anchor discounts.

Offer open to residents of U.S. or Canada.

What to do when a new Royal Caribbean sale is announced

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05Jan2017

Royal Caribbean regularly comes out with a number of new promotions throughout the year, aimed at getting folks to book a cruise. Whether it is their first or fiftieth cruise, these promotions will vary in different ways to incentive guests to give a Royal Caribbean cruise a try.

When a new promotion is announced, here are a few things you should do to ensure you get the best possible deal.

Look at the booking incentives offered

Each promotion Royal Caribbean releases is going to be different, and each promotion has its own set of booking incentives included with the offer.  It is important to understand what the deal offers, and if it might be of benefit to you or not.

As mentioned earlier, Royal Caribbean trots out a number of booking promotions throughout the year, and no one deal will be of great benefit to everyone.  In our experience, different deals benefit different folks, so it is important to evaluate each offer for which benefits mean the most to you.

There are lots of possible booking incentives that Royal Caribbean can include, but the most common kinds are

  • Reduced deposit
  • Onboard credit (money credited to your SeaPass account to be used onboard the ship)
  • Instant savings (money taken off the cost of the cruise fare)
  • Percentage discount off cruise fare
  • Kids sail free (third and fourth passengers are free when sailing with two other passengers in same stateroom)

There are plenty more booking incentives out there, but depending on your cruising party, time of year you choose to cruise, and whether you prefer to get savings off the cruise fare or onboard the ship, the various promotions will be more or less valuable.

Book a cruise (that you've been considering)

The most common step is to put down a deposit to take advantage of a new promotion and it is what often compels many people to jump on a given deal. 

Whether you have been considering a cruise in the past and a new promotion is the "final straw" in convincing you to book, or you ran across a deal and think it is too good to pass up, booking a new cruise reservation with the promotion can make a lot of sense. 

Royal Caribbean's cruise deals are largely regional, with specific offers aimed at residents of certain countries.  The good news is in most of these cases, there are no special discount codes to remember.  Rather, the promotion is automatically applied at the time of booking.  The only booking promotions that may require a special code are discounts offered to residents of certain states or guests in certain occupations that qualify for a discount.  Keep in mind these sorts of discounts are often incompatible with national promotions Royal Caribbean runs, which means you will have to pick which works best for you.  Check any promotion offer's terms and conditions to see combinability rules.

Re-price an existing cruise

Residents of certain countries (such as the United States and Canada) are able to re-book an existing cruise reservation under a new sales promotion, without penalty up until final payment date.

This can sometimes be referred to as "re-pricing", or "price adjustment", or "applying the new promotion" but in reality your previous reservation is being canceled and a new booking is made.  The reason for this is most sales promotions Royal Caribbean releases are for new bookings only, so a quick cancelation and booking gets around that deal.

Keep in mind that if you do cancel and rebook, you may only do so up until the final payment date without incurring a penalty. After the final payment date, Royal Caribbean incurs a penalty for cancelations that often offsets any savings from a new booking promotion.  In addition, any booking incentive made under the prior reservation will be lost and replaced with the new booking incentives that come with the current promotion.  Be sure to evaluate the total cost savings, especially when onboard credits are involved.

The secret weapon: use a travel agent

Regardless of if you are brand new to Royal Caribbean or been on many cruises, this entire process is much simpler if you leverage a good travel agent to help you out.  

A good travel agent is the one that can crunch the numbers, provide options to you and advice on what might be the best course of action.  When it comes to re-pricing a cruise, there are so many factors involved and many guests worry about making a bad decision.  Having a travel agent to provides peace of mind to you, as well as quality service. Here is one such recommended travel agency that specializes in Royal Caribbean. If you are not convinced using a free travel agency that is recommended by Royal Caribbean is right for you, read our post discussing the benefits they offer.

If you are wondering, a travel agent should cost you nothing extra to use.  Royal Caribbean pays their commission, which means their services are complimentary to you.  When choosing a travel agent, be sure to look out for agents that charge any kind of reservation change fees.  It is not a widely used practice, but it can occur in some cases and frankly, you should steer clear of them and rely on knowledgeable travel agents that are here to help you every step of the way, regardless of how many questions or changes you have.

Royal Caribbean offering 30% off all guests plus instant savings for WAVE season offer

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02Jan2017

Royal Caribbean is kicking off 2017 with a brand new WAVE season promotion with 30% off standard cruise fare for all guests in a stateroom, plus reduced deposit and instant savings.

The new WAVE season sale will become available on cruises booked between January 5 - 31, 2017 and is valid on all sailings departing on or after February 4, 2017 (excluding China departures).

The deal includes

  • 30% off standard cruise fare for all guests in a stateroom
  • 50% reduced deposit
  • Up to $150 instant savings per stateroom
    • Sailings 5-nights or less
      • Interior/oceanview: $25 per stateroom
      • Balcony/suite: $50 per stateroom
    • Sailings 6-nights or longer
      • Interior/oceanview: $50 per stateroom
      • Balcony: $100 per stateroom
      • Suite: $150 per stateroom
  • Anthem Free Upgrade - From Ocean View to Balcony on Anthem sailings on or after March 1, 2017. Please note that the "upgrade" will be reflected as "purchase a balcony at the price of an ocean view"
  • Crown and Anchor Society Members enjoy an extra discount on Balconies and Suites onboard Anthem of the Seas sailings departing on or after Feb. 4, 2017. Gold CAS members and higher will be eligible for the discount for the tier above them. Pinnacle members will receive an additional $25.

30% Savings is combinable with adjoining Instant Savings, Anthem Upgrade, Crown & Anchor discounts and NextCruise offers. 30% Savings, Instant Savings and Anthem Upgrade are not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, and Military). Instant Savings is not combinable Crown & 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, Shareholder Benefits. 

Offer available to residents of United States and Canada.

Royal Caribbean offering bonus instant savings on bookings made through the end of the year

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23Dec2016

Royal Caribbean is tacking on extra instant savings for cruises booked through the end of the year, on top of the December promotion that offers every third night of your cruise free.

The bonus savings are valid on cruises booked between December 23 - 30, 2016 on sailings departing on or after January 21, 2017 (excluding China departures).

Qualifying bookings will be eligible for

  • Bonus instant savings
    • Interior/oceanview: $25 off per stateroom
    • Balcony/Suite: $50 off per stateroom
  • 1,2, Free
    • 3-5 night cruises
      • Includes 1 nights free
    • 6-8 night cruises
      • Includes 2 nights free
    • 9-11 night cruises
      • Includes 3 nights free
    • 12-14 night cruises
      • Includes 4 nights free
    • 15-17 night cruises
      • Includes 5 nights free
    • 17-20 night cruises
      • Includes 6 nights free
    • 21-23 night cruises
      • Includes 7 nights free
    • 24 night cruise
      • Includes 8 nights free
  • Kids Sail Free Bonus
    • Guests 12 & under sail free on 5 nights or longer sailings departing Jan. 5, 2017-Feb 15, 2018 Excludes sailings departing on or between 2/16/17-2/23/17, 3/10/17-3/20/17, 4/6/17-4/16/17, 5/16/17-9/4/2017, 11/16/17-11/26/17, 12/15/17-1/05/18, 2/15/18-2/22/18. (Excludes China, Cuba and Alaska cruises and Harmony of the Seas sailings)
  • ​Anthem Free Upgrade
    • From Ocean View to Balcony on Anthem sailings departing after 1/1/17.

1-2-Free Offer is combinable with adjoining Instant Savings, Kids Sail Free, Anthem Upgrade, Crown & Anchor discounts and rates, Next Cruise offers, and Shareholders benefits. Offer is not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Senior Rates, Resident Rates, Military Rates) or any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, prior promotions, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, weekly Sales Events, Net Rates.

Offer available to residents of the United States and Canada.

Royal Caribbean offering Green Monday sale with reduced deposit and instant savings

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10Dec2016

Royal Caribbean is kicking off its Green Monday Savings Sale with a weekend of reduced deposit and instant savings.

The Green Monday Savings Sale is available on cruises booked December 10 - 12, 2016 and valid on all sailings departing on or after January 8, 2017 (excluding China).

Guests that book a qualifiying cruise will recieve

  • 1•2• Free – Every Third Night is Free
    • 3-5 night cruises
      • Includes 1 nights free
    • 6-8 night cruises
      • Includes 2 nights free
    • 9-11 night cruises
      • Includes 3 nights free
    • 12-14 night cruises
      • Includes 4 nights free
    • 15-17 night cruises
      • Includes 5 nights free
    • 17-20 night cruises
      • Includes 6 nights free
    • 21-23 night cruises
      • Includes 7 nights free
    • 24 night cruise
      • Includes 8 nights free
  • 50% reduced deposit
  • Up to $100 instant savings
    • 5 nights or less: $50 savings per stateroom
    • 6 nights or longer: $100 savings per stateroom

In addition, the Green Monday deal is combinable with the free upgrade from Ocean view to balcony on Anthem of the Seas sailings.

Additionally, the Green Monday offer provides for free cruise fare of third and higher guests who are 12 years or younger as of cruise departure date, booked in the same stateroom as the first two Offer qualifying guests in a triple or quad occupancy stateroom on a 5 nights sailings that depart Jan. 5, 2017-Feb 15, 2018 excluding sailings departing on or between 2/16/17-2/23/17, 3/10/17-3/20/17, 4/6/17-4/16/17, 5/16/17-9/4/2017, 11/16/17-11/26/17, 12/15/17-1/05/18 as well as China, Cuba and Alaska cruises and Harmony of the Seas sailings.

1-2-Free Offer is combinable with adjoining Instant Savings, Kids Sail Free, Anthem Upgrade, Crown & Anchor discounts and rates, Next Cruise offers, and Shareholders benefits. Offer is not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Senior Rates, Resident Rates, Military Rates) or any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, prior promotions, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, weekly Sales Events, Net Rates.

Offer available to residents of the United States and Canada.

If you are wondering, Green Monday is an online retail industry term similar to Cyber Monday. The term was coined by eBay to describe its best sales day in December, usually the second Monday of December.

Royal Caribbean offering Kids Sail Free and other special offers for the month of December

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01Dec2016

Royal Caribbean has announced a new batch of promotions for December 2016 that can provide some significant savings on new cruises booked.

There are a number of offers available, and here is a full breakdown of each.

1, 2, FREE

Every third night of the cruise is free. 1,2, Free is valid on all sailings departing on or after January 1, 2017. Excluding China departures.

  • 3-5 night cruises
    • Includes 1 nights free
  • 6-8 night cruises
    • Includes 2 nights free
  • 9-11 night cruises
    • Includes 3 nights free
  • 12-14 night cruises
    • Includes 4 nights free
  • 15-17 night cruises
    • Includes 5 nights free
  • 17-20 night cruises
    • Includes 6 nights free
  • 21-23 night cruises
    • Includes 7 nights free
  • 24 night cruise
    • Includes 8 nights free

The 1-2-Free Offer is combinable with Kids Sail Free, Anthem Upgrades, Crown & Anchor Balcony & Suite Discount, Cyber Sale, Next Cruise offers, and Shareholders benefits. It is not combinable with any other offer, restricted rate, or promotion.

Kids Sail Free

Kids 12 years and under, sail free on 5 nights or longer sailings departing January 5, 2017- February 15, 2018.

Exclusions: Sailings departing on or after, February 16-23, 2017, March 10-20, 2017, April 6-16, 2017, May 16-September 4, 2017, November 16-26, 2017, December 15, 2017-January 5, 2018 as well as China, Alaska itineraries and Harmony of the Seas sailings.

Anthem Upgrade

Enjoy balcony accommodations for the price of an oceanview on sailings departing on or after January 1, 2017.

Crown and Anchor Discount

From December 1, 2016 – January 4, 2017, Crown & Anchor Society members can enjoy the balcony and suite discount of the tier above them, on Anthem of the Seas. For a limited time, even Gold members can enjoy this benefit– a member benefit usually only valid for Platinum and above members. PLUS, Pinnacle members will receive an additional $25. See discount chart below for the discount amounts per tier .

Cyber Sale

The cyber sale allows guests to receive up to $100 onboard credit, per stateroom, when they book between December 1-7, 2016.

  • Sailings 5-Nights or less
    • Interior/Oceanroom views will receive $25 OBC per stateroom
    • Balcony/Suites will receive $50 OBC per stateroom
  • Sailings 6-Nights or longer
    • Interior/Oceanroom views will receive $75 OBC per stateroom
    • Balcony/Suites will receive $100 OBC per stateroom

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