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Royal Caribbean non-refundable deposit program roll out details

13 Jun 2017
Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has released details on the launch of its non-refundable deposit program, where guests can opt to make a cruise reservation with a no-refund policy on the deposit.

Beginning June 13, guests can expect to see the non-refundable deposit option live on various products. Royal Caribbean will work with these test products leading up to the fleet wide launch on July 1, 2017.

Here are the sailings eligible for the non-refundable deposit program


  • Freedom of the Seas departing San Juan
    • Sailing window: May 12, 2018 through August 25, 2018
  • Rhapsody of the Seas departing Tampa, FL
    • Sailing window: January 7, 2018 through April 29, 2018
  • Adventure of the Seas departing from Northeast
    • Sailing window: May 5, 2018 through October 8, 2018


  • Explorer of the Seas
    • Sailing window: May 18, 2018 through September 7, 2018
  • Radiance of the Seas
    • Sailing window: May 18, 2018 through September 7, 2018


  • Jewel of the Seas departing from Rome roundtrip
    • Sailing window June 17, 2018 through September 2, 2018

Non-refundable fares booked 6-months or more from sail date, recieve automatic Early Booking Incentive bonus. The early booking credit is combinable with promotional onboard credit offers, Crown & Anchor discounts, and NextCruise benefits.

  • Sailings 1-5 nights
    • Interior/Oceanview: $25 OBC
    • Balcony/Suite: $50 OBC
  • Sailings 6+ nights
    • Interior/Oceanview: $50 OBC
    • Balcony/Suite: $100 OBC

A non-refundable deposit will become the only option for those guests interested in reserving an upper Suite. This also holds true for guarantee categories, including W/WS, X/XB, XN, Y/YO, and Z/ZI.

As of July 1st, 2017, the fleet-wide launch of nonrefundable deposit fares will debut across all ships.

A change fee of $100 per guest will be imposed to all reservations booked under a nonrefundable deposit fare that opts to change either the ship and/or sail date originally selected. Multiple adjustments to the ship and/or sail date of a booking will result in the assessment of 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.

Outside of final payment, when a nonrefundable deposit cancellation occurs, guests will receive a Future Cruise Certificate in the amount of their designated cruise deposit, less the $100 per guest change fee.

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