Cruise Deals

Finding last minute Royal Caribbean cruise deals

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14Jan2014

As much as you may try your best to play your cruise vacations well out in advance, the reality is work, school and everything else in life seems to always get in the way.  So when you find a week to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise but it's last minute, what can you do to take advantage of this and make a cruise vacation happen?

What are last minute deals?

First and foremost, you will need to find a cruise deal on Royal Caribbean.  Last minute deals are around but you will need to dig for them and act fast.  

Last minute cruises really refers to any cruise leaving in the next 60 days or so, with cruises leaving in the next 30 days being even more lucrative.  When Royal Caribbean gets past the point of final payment, they get a good sense of how booked (or unbooked) a sailing is and responds accordingly to fill up the rest of the ship.

If there's a lot of unbooked space, often Royal Caribbean will reduce prices to encourage bookings.  The closer to sailing you get, the deeper the price cuts until they reach a good sales point.

With last minute deals, there's a fine line between good prices and the swing back up to expensive prices.  One week there may be a deep discount available while next week, prices may be back to "normal".

Where can I find last minute Royal Caribbean deals?

To find last minute Royal Caribbean cruise deals, there are a few places to look.

  • Royal Caribbean's Limited-Time Offers page
  • Royal Caribbean's Deals Twitter
  • Contact a travel agent
    • Royal Caribbean sends travel agents deals and offers each week, so they may have knowledge of a deal out there.
  • Search popular cruise booking sites
    • There's lots and lots of web sites that claim to offer the best deals on cruises.  Comparing prices on a few of them is also a good way to see what's out there.

What do I need to be aware of with last minute deals?

Last minute deals are fickle and go quickly.  The best deals may only be available for a day or two, or even just a few hours.  

Once you know you want to book a cruise, it's best to book once you find something to your liking.  Royal Caribbean prices tend to rise more than they tend to drop, so book while you can.

Booking last minute also means you will need to make full payment at the time of booking.  That may or may not be a deal-breaker for some people, but it's worth noting.

Also note that select sailings will be on sale with one sailing deeply discounted and the next regular price.  Often, the discounted rate is low because most people can't or are unwilling to take time off for a vacation then.  As an example. the two weeks after New Years Eve are often discounted last minute because a lot of people just took vacation the week earlier and don't want to dip into vacation time so soon.

The harder thing to find than last minute cruise deals? Last minute airfare

Often you will find great last minute deals on Royal Caribbean cruises only to discover the airlines are not as cheap.  In fact, last minute airfare can be prohibitively expensive, to the point it negates any savings the cruise fare had.

The easiest way around high airfare prices is to drive.  There's no question last minute cruise deals benefit those within driving distance of cruise ports, such as those living in the southeastern United States.

If driving is out of the question, look at other airports to fly out of or into.  If your cruise is out of Fort Lauderdale, consider flying into West Palm Beach, Miami or Fort Myers.   Likewise, if you are flying out of New York City, try all the city airports as well as Westchester, Philadelphia or Hartford.  A little drive can save a lot of money.

Also consider flying to or from your cruise a day or two earlier/later to see if prices change.  It's a fun way to extend your vacation while saving money too.

Hotels and rental cars

Unlike airfare, getting a last minute hotel room and rental car for your trip is usually easier to find assuming you aren't that picky. 

If you can fly into your cruise port at least a day early, take a look at last minute hotel booking sites such as TravelZoo and Priceline.

Both of those sites are also good for rental cars but you ought to be able to find rates at many popular sites.  

Like airfare, if you aren't finding much, try other pickup locations for cars or nearby cities for hotels.  Being flexible can open up a lot of other deals to you.

Royal Caribbean offering up to $400 on cruises to Europe

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09Jan2014

Last week we posted Royal Caribbean's Wave season deal of offering up to $300 in onboard credit for cruises in 2014 for cruises to Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean & Transatlantic Sailings.  Royal Caribbean now has a deal for those looking to cruise to Europe in 2014, with up to $400 in onboard credit.

Book a 6-night or longer Europe sailings in 2013 and receive up to $400 in onboard credit per stateroom.  You must book by February 28, 2014.

  • Oceanview staterooms will get $175 per stateroom
  • Balcony staterooms will get $250 per stateroom
  • Suite staterooms will get $400 per stateroom

For cruises outside of Europe, subtract $100 and refer to this original posting.

This onboard credit offer is valid on cruises booked between January 1 and February 28, 2014.  Cruise must be 6-nights or longer on sailings departing March 1 - December 31, 2014, excluding Quantum of the Seas. Promo Code: YOURWOW is required and must be presented at time of booking.

Royal Caribbean launches 2014 cruise deal with up to $300 onboard credit

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02Jan2014

Royal Caribbean has kicked off a brand new deal for 2014 Caribbean cruises with up to $300 in onboard credit if you book by February 28.

If you book any 2014 Caribbean cruise that departs between March 1 and December 31, 2014 by February 28, Royal Caribbean will give you onboard credit depending on your stateroom category.

  • Oceanview staterooms will get $75 per stateroom
  • Balcony staterooms will get $150 per stateroom
  • Suite staterooms will get $300 per stateroom

This onboard credit offer is valid on cruises booked between January 1 and February 28, 2014.  Cruise must be 6-nights or longer on sailings departing March 1 - December 31, 2014, excluding Quantum of the Seas. Promo Code: YOURWOW is required and must be presented at time of booking.

Royal Caribbean 3-day WOW Sale begins today

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02Dec2013

Today marks the beginning of Royal Caribbean's WOW Sale, where Royal Caribbean claims to find some of its best offers to book a cruise.  The 3-day WOW sale touts savings of up to $200 per cabin in onboard credit.

For the sale, booking your cruise during this sale will get onboard credit as well as reduced deposit amounts depending on the length of your cruise.

  • Cruises of 5 nights or shorter
    • $50 onboard credit per stateroom
    • $50 reduced deposit per stateroom
  • Cruises of 6 to 9 nights
    • $100 onboard credit per stateroom
    • $125 reduced deposit per stateroom
  • Cruises of 10 nights or longer
    • $200 onboard credit per stateroom
    • $225 reduced deposit per stateroom

This WOW sale is valid on all Royal Caribbean cruises departing departing on or after January 1, 2014 (not including Quantum of the Seas).  Sale ends on December 4, 2013

It's worth noting that Royal Caribbean says the WOW sale cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion, including Crown & Anchor, Shareholder Benefit, Future and Next Cruise offers.

Royal Caribbean announces CyberMonday sale on cruises

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25Nov2013

Royal Caribbean announced today that it is joining the Black Friday craze and starting on Monday, December 2, 2014 a 3-day sale will kick off that offer consumers up to $200 onboard credit per stateroom and enjoy 50 percent reduced deposit at the time of booking.

For all new individual bookings, made from December 2 through 4, 2013, and for all sailings (excluding Quantum of the Seas) departing on or after January 1, 2014, vacationers can enjoy 50-percent reduced deposit at the time of booking and receive up to $200 onboard credit per stateroom to spend during their cruise. Eligible guests will receive $50 onboard credit per stateroom for itineraries of five nights or shorter, $100 onboard credit per stateroom for itineraries ranging from six to nine nights, and $200 onboard credit per stateroom on itineraries of 10 nights or longer. 

  • Cruises of 5 nights or shorter
    • $50 onboard credit per stateroom
    • $50 reduced deposit per stateroom
  • Cruises of 6 to 9 nights
    • $100 onboard credit per stateroom
    • $125 reduced deposit per stateroom
  • Cruises of 10 nights or longer
    • $200 onboard credit per stateroom
    • $225 reduced deposit per stateroom

More information on the sale can be found at http://www.royalcaribbean.com/WOWSale or you can fill out the form below and have our travel agent sponsor contact you directly.

Royal Caribbean rolls out trio of offers for 2014 cruises

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07Nov2013

Royal Caribbean is offering guests a new sale on 2014 cruises.  From November 8 through November 29, 2013, Royal Caribbean will offer balcony staterooms for the price of ocean views and ocean-view staterooms for the price of interiors aboard a Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, or Europe cruise, departing March 1 through October 31, 2014.

In addition, vacationers who take advantage of the offer also can receive a savings of $1,000 per stateroom when the book a balcony or suite-category stateroom on a seven-night or longer Europe itinerary and purchase their air travel through Royal Caribbean ChoiceAir. 

You can choose a 2014 Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean or European cruise to take advantage of this deal.  

Vacationers can book a balcony stateroom for the price of an ocean view aboard Adventure of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, and Serenade of the Seas. Ocean-view staterooms aboard Enchantment of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, and Vision of the Seas will be priced the same as interior staterooms. 

The limited-time pricing for ocean-view and balcony staterooms are available worldwide. The Royal Caribbean ChoiceAir offer is available for new and individual U.S. and Canadian bookings. Guest must provide option code SNT1 at time of booking and air travel must be purchased through Royal Caribbean ChoiceAir by Dec. 15, 2013 in order to receive the $1,000 savings per stateroom. Details and more information will be available at www.RoyalCaribbean.com/Upgrade on Nov. 08, 2013. 

Royal Caribbean begins cruise sale for National Cruise Week

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21Oct2013

National Cruise Week begins today and Royal Caribbean is joining in with a cruise sale of up to $100 onboard credit on seven-night cruises that sail during summer 2014.

The sale is valid on 7-night cruises departing between June 1 and August 31, 2014.

If you book between today and October 25 an interior or ocean view stateroom, guests will receive $50 onboard credit with code SPO1.

Guests that book a balcony or suite stateroom will receive $100 per stateroom with code SPO2.

The National Cruise Vacation Week offer is applicable only on new individual bookings and the option code must be registered at the time of booking.

Royal Caribbean to launch 1-day Super Saturday sale

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18Oct2013

Royal Caribbean is offering a one-day sale on Saturday, October 19, 2013 for those looking to book a cruise in November or December of this year.

Book a Royal Caribbean cruise on October 19th that departs between November 1 – December 31, 2013 and you can get up to $100 onboard credit. If you book a cruise that departs from November 1 – December 20, you will receive up to $50.  But if you book a cruise that sails around the holidays, between December 21–December 31, and Royal Caribbean will double the onboard credit offer to $100. 

  • Inside & Outside Staterooms will receive $25 onboard credit
  • Balcony and Suite Staterooms will receive $50 onboard credit
  • Holiday Inside and Outside Staterooms will receive $50 onboard credit
  • Holiday Balcony and Suite Staterooms will receive $100 onboard credit

Offer applies to new individual bookings (not applicable to groups) made on October 19, 2013 from 12:00AM-11:59PM ET for all sailings departing Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2013. Onboard credit is per stateroom.

Royal Caribbean offering up to $100 onboard credit during National Cruise Vacation Week

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12Oct2013

For the upcoming National Cruise Vacation Week, Royal Caribbean is offering up to $100 onboard credit on any seven-night Caribbean cruise during summer 2014.

Between October 20 and 25, those that book an interior or ocean view stateroom will recieve $50 onboard credit using option code SPO1.  If you book a balcony or suite-category stateroom, you can get $100 per stateroom (option code SPO2).  The onboard credit is valid for new individual booking on a seven-night Caribbean itinerary, sailing from June 1 through August 31, 2014. The National Cruise Vacation Week offer is applicable only on new individual bookings and the option code must be registered at the time of booking.

Details about Royal Caribbean’s National Cruise Vacation Week offer will be available during the week of October 14 at www.RoyalCaribbean.com/VacationWeek

Deal Alert: Royal Caribbean offering up to $300 onboard credit for winter cruises

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19Sep2013

Royal Caribbean is offering guests who book a Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean or Alaska cruise between September 23, 2013 and October 15, 2013 up to $300 in onboard credit per stateroom for salings between November 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

Royal Caribbean is reminding us all that winter is around the corner and for most of us, that means cold temperatures but the good news is Royal Caribbean has escapes to some very warm places.

Onboard credit will break down as follows

  • Up to 5 night cruises
    • Interior and Oceanview staterooms: $25
    • Balcony and Junior Suite staterooms: $50
    • Grand Suite or higher staterooms: $150
  • Six nights or longer
    • Interior and Oceanview staterooms: $25
    • Balcony and Junior Suite staterooms: $100
    • Grand Suite or higher staterooms: $300

The Winter Offer is applicable for all new individual U.S. and Canadian bookings.  The onboard credit offer is applicable for all new individual bookings.

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