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Royal Caribbean brings back WOW Sale with up to $300 onboard credit

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13 Aug 2021
By: 
Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean rolls out new promotions all the time, but their signature offer is back with the WOW Sale.

The WOW Sale offers a combination of a few offers in one, and has traditionally been one of the more sought after cruise deals.

The WOW Sale is available for new bookings made between August 12-15, 2021 on sailings departing on or after September 12, 2021.

It includes:

  • Up to $300 onboard credit per stateroom
    • Sailings 5 nights or less, $50 OBC for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $150 for Suites
    • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $75 OBC for Interior and Ocean View, $100 for Balconies and $300 for Suites
  • 60% off second guest
  • Up to $200 CAD off all sailings departing on January 1 – December 31, 2022.

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

Here is the fine print for the WOW Sale offer:

WOW Sale applies to new bookings made between August 12-15, 2021. WOW Sale offers up to $300 USD to spend at sea (“Onboard Credit” or “OBC”) per stateroom on select sailings departing on or after September 12, 2021. OBC amounts are per stateroom and determined by category booked and sailing length: On sailings 5 nights or less, $50 OBC for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $150 for Suites; on sailings 6 nights or longer, $75 OBC for Interior and Ocean View, $100 for Balconies and $300 for Suites. Onboard credit does not apply to China departures. The “Cruise with Confidence” program allows individual guests and guests in non-contracted groups who booked a cruise on or before August 31, 2021, for cruises sailing between June 12, 2020 and April 30, 2022, to opt-in for RCI’s “best price guarantee” on their current sailing, or cancel their cruise up to 48 hours prior to the vacation start date and have the option to receive a Future Cruise Credit (“FCC”) equal to the amount of the cruise fare the guest paid for their cruise. CWC FCC must be applied by April 30, 2022 towards the cruise fare due on an existing booking, on RCI, for a sailing departing on or before September 30, 2022. Visit www.royalcaribbean.com/cruisewithconfidence for complete details. All other Nonrefundable Deposit Bookings (“NRDB”) cancelled prior to final payment due date will receive a future cruise credit in the amount of the deposit minus a 100USD/CAD per person service fee. FCC is non-transferable and expires after 12-months from issue date. 100USD/CAD per person service fee applies to changes to NRDB ship or sail date. Deposits made toward Guarantees and Grand Suites and higher categories are non-refundable and are subject to NRD Booking Terms. Combinability: BOGO60 and 2022 Kicker are combinable with each other as well as promotional OBCs, Next Cruise offers, instant savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Promo Code driven offers, Free Upgrades, Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. WOW Sale is combinable with BOGO60 and 2022 Kicker as well as with promotional OBCs, Next Cruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Promo Code driven offers, Free Upgrades, and Shareholder Benefits, but not combinable with Crown and Anchor discounts. Resident rates apply to select states on select sailings; valid state of residence must be provided at time of booking. Offer is 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. Promo Code driven offers are based on select ships and sail dates and must be applied at time of booking; limit one promo code per booking. General Terms: All other charges, including, but not limited to, taxes, fees and port expenses, are additional and apply to all guests. Instant savings amount shown in USD and will be converted to currency used for cruise purchase. Savings applied to cruise fare at checkout. Instant savings will be reflected in checkout as “Dollars Off” or “Savings.” Onboard Credit will be reflected in checkout as “Ship Spend” or “Ship Credit.” Onboard credit and instant savings do not apply to China departures. OBC is in USD, has no cash value, is non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, and will expire if not used by 10:00 PM on the last evening of the cruise. After the offer period, the offer will be removed from the booking if the guest cancels and reinstates the booking or rebooks into a new booking on the same ship and sail date, applies a fare change, or changes the ship or sail date of the booking; certain other changes to the booking may also result in removal of the offer. Offer applies to new, individual and named group bookings confirmed at prevailing rates. Individual reservations may be transferred into an existing group, assuming required criteria are met; full deposit will be required at time of transfer. Failure to apply the required full deposit amount may result in the cancellation of the booking. Single occupancy guests paying 200% cruise fare are eligible for full amount of offer; single occupancy guests paying less than 200% cruise fare are eligible for a prorated amount of the offer. Offer available to residents of United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean. Prices and offers are subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time. Refer to www.RoyalCaribbean.com for complete terms and conditions. Royal Caribbean International reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice. ©2021 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ships’ registry: Bahamas.    

How to check for a price drop

While the WOW Sale can be an opportunity to book a new sailing, what if you already have a cruise booked?

New offers like this can be applied to existing reservations, provided there is a price drop.

The most common way to check for a price drop is to do a mock booking for the same sailing, ship, and stateroom category you are currently booked on via Royal Caribbean's website.

Be certain you are comparing the exact same room category code, as well as the deposit type (refundable or non-refundable deposit).

Read moreWill a Royal Caribbean sale actually save me any money?

Some travel agents (the great ones) will check for price drops on your behalf.  In our experience, travel agents that take the extra step to check for price drops on behalf of their clients tend to do this when new sales and promotions are announced. 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.

Royal Caribbean's best price guarantee allows guests to reprice their cruise at the lower cruise fare if the price for that cruise goes down at any time before final payment date. As long as the price drops for the same ship and sail date that has been booked previously, and it is before final payment date, guests can reprice their cruise as many times as they want.

If you are past final payment date for your sailing, you can still apply for a price drop thanks to the enhanced Cruise with Confidence program and get onboard credit for the difference in price, rather than a refund.