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WOW Sales on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast Episode 18

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04Dec2013

This week's Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available for all you commuters, runners, listening-at-work'ers and everyon else!

Episode 18 is now available for downloading where we look at what Royal Caribbean's WOW sale is all about.

In this episode, Matt explains what a WOW sale is and who might benefit the most from this quartetly promotion.  There's a lot that goes into a WOW sale and for some people it can be a great deal while others may actually save more money by waiting for another deal.  We also have a lot of listener emails to share.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 18. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSSStitcher or on iTunes!

Take a listen and as always, let us know what you think! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!

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 launches WOW sale in UK

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09Aug2013

Royal Caribbean is launching another sale for residents of the United Kingdom starting today.  In addition to it's free drinks and free balcony upgrade promotions, starting today an 11-day WOW sale is going on for residents of UK & the Republic of Ireland.

If you book by a cruise between September 1 and December 31, 2013, you will receive $100 (£65) in onboard credit for your cruise.  To qualify for the sale, the cruise must be booked by August 19, 2013.

Unlike WOW Sales in the United States, there does not appear to be a difference in the amount of onboard credit depending on cruise length. 

Onboard spend is only valid for bookings made in balcony & suite categories, including X & W guarantees.  Transatlantic sailings are included in the sale.

Royal Caribbean extends WOW Sale to June 14

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13Jun2013

Royal Caribbean's WOW Sale was slated to end yesterday but the company announced that it will extend the popular sale through June 14, giving it an extra two days.

To take advantage of the sale, you can reserve any cruise departing from September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2014 to enjoy up to $200 to spend onboard plus a 50% reduced deposit.

The WOW Sale is broken down as follows

  • 5 Nights or Less cruise
    • $50 per stateroom onboard credit
    • $50 deposit
  • 6-9 Night Cruise
    • $100 per stateroom onboard credit
    • $125 deposit 
  • 10 Nights or Longer Cruise
    • $200 per stateroom onboard credit
    • $225 deposit

All bookings must be made and the required deposit must be paid by June 14, 2013, by 11:59 pm Local Time to qualify for the promotion.  Offer is not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Interline, Travel Agent, Net Rates, Sales Event, Crown & Anchor Discounts, Shareholder Benefits or Next Cruise offers, promotions, or benefits.

Royal Caribbean 3-day WOW Sale begins today

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10Jun2013

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.

For the sale, booking your cruise during this sale will get onboard credits depending on the length of your cruise.

  • $50 for 3-5 night cruises
  • $100 for 6-9 night cruises
  • $200 for 10+ night cruises

In addition to the onboard credit offer, customers can also book their cabin for 50% of the normal deposit price.

This WOW sale is valid on all Royal Caribbean cruises departing between September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2014.  Sale ends on June 12, 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.

Will you be booking a cruise because of this sale?

Royal Caribbean planning WOW sale June 10 through 12

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06Jun2013

Royal Caribbean has announced its next WOW Sale, with offers of up to $200 onboard credit and 50 percent reduced deposits for sailings departing on or after September 1, 2013.

This WOW sale is valid on all worldwide sailings of three nights or longer departing after September 1, 2013.

  • Cruises of 3 to 5 nights get US$50 onboard credit per stateroom
  • Cruises of 6 to 9 nights get US$100 onboard credit per stateroom
  • Cruises of 10 nights or more get US$200 onboard credit per stateroom

The onboard credit and 50 percent reduced deposit offers are applicable to all Royal Caribbean International cruises that sail on or after September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014, including cruisetours. Offer is available only in the U.S. and Canada and applies to all categories available. All bookings must be made and the required deposit must be paid by June 12, 2013, by 11:59 p.m. local time to qualify for the promotion.

What is a WOW Sale? Are WOW Sales good deals?  Read our Cruise 101: WOW Sale post to get information on what this deal is all about.

Royal Caribbean planning WOW sale February 25 through 27

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22Feb2013

Royal Caribbean has announced its first WOW Sale of 2013, with offers of up to $200 onboard credit and 50 percent reduced deposits for sailings departing on or after May 1, 2013.

This WOW sale is valid on all worldwide sailings of three nights or longer departing after May 1, 2013.

  • Cruises of 3 to 5 nights get US$50 onboard credit per stateroom
  • Cruises of 6 to 9 nights get US$100 onboard credit per stateroom
  • Cruises of 10 nights or more get US$200 onboard credit per stateroom

The onboard credit and 50 percent reduced deposit offers are applicable to all Royal Caribbean International cruises that sail on or after May 1, 2013, including cruisetours. Offer is available only in the U.S. and Canada and applies to all categories available. All bookings must be made and the required deposit must be paid by February 27, 2013, by 11:59 p.m. local time to qualify for the promotion.

What is a WOW Sale? Are WOW Sales good deals?  Read our Cruise 101: WOW Sale post to get information on what this deal is all about.

Cruising 101: Royal Caribbean WOW Sale

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15Oct2012

Royal Caribbean hosts what it calls a "WOW Sale" usually once per quarter to attract new cruise bookings and if you're considering booking a cruise during one of these sales, here are some things to keep in mind.

What is a WOW Sale?

WOW Sales are promotions Royal Caribbean runs to attract new cruise bookings.  Wow Sales are more targeted at people who have never cruised with Royal Caribbean before than veteran Royal Caribbean fans, although there's absolutely no reason someone who has sailed with Royal Caribbean before cannot take advantage of the sale.

What does the WOW Sale offer?

There are two basic components to a typical WOW Sale.  The first is reduced deposits on new bookings.  Usually that means you only need to put down 50% of the normal deposit amount for your cabin.  This greatly reduces the amount of money you need to put up to hold a cabin for a booking.  It's a great benefit if you're looking at a longer cruise and/or a bigger cabin.  As an example, a 7-night balcony may usually require around $700 for a deposit but with the WOW Sale, that would be cut in half to $350.

In addition to the reduced deposits, Royal Caribbean offers onboard credit depending on your cabin.  This can be up to $200 of onboard credit per cabin and the amount varies depending on how long your cruise is.  Typically the onboard credit offered is as much as you can usually get for a cruise.

Do cruise prices go down as well?

During a WOW Sale, the actual cruise fares do not usually change.  The sale is mainly about offering booking incentives rather than a reduction in the price of the cruise.

What are the drawbacks of a WOW Sale?

The chief drawback to booking a WOW Sale is for those that have sailed with Royal Caribbean in the past and have other discounts.  WOW Sales prohibit combining the sale offer with other discounts including Next Cruise Credits, balcony discounts from Crown and Anchor Society status or Crown and Anchor Society saving certificates.

If you have access to one or more of these discounts, a WOW Sale usually doesn't make financial sense.  Keep in mind, WOW Sales are targeted at people that have never sailed with Royal Caribbean before since it offers them the best booking incentives a first timer can expect to see.

How can I book a WOW Sale?

You can book a WOW Sale either by booking through Royal Caribbean directly or through your preferred travel agent.

Royal Caribbean WOW Sale set for October 15 - 17

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11Oct2012

Royal Caribbean is planning to hold it's final WOW sale of the year from Monday, October 15 through to Wednesday, October 17.  The sale will offer half priced deposits on new cruise reservations as well as up to $200 onboard credit per cabin.

This WOW sale is valid on all worldwide sailings of three nights or longer departing after January 1, 2013.

  • Cruises of 3 to 5 nights get US$50 onboard credit per stateroom
  • Cruises of 6 to 9 nights get US$100 onboard credit per stateroom
  • Cruises of 10 nights or more get US$200 onboard credit per stateroom

Royal Caribbean commercial director Adam Armstrong believes the WOW sale will help already strong 2013 sales figures, “Since these special offers also apply to all of our worldwide cruises, now is also a great time to start thinking about cruises further afield. For example, why not take advantage of current earlybird airfares to Europe and combine them with the ‘WOW Sale’ offers on one of over 280 cruises with Royal Caribbean in the Mediterranean and Scandinavia?”

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