Cruise Deals

Royal Caribbean new cruise sale offers BOGO 50% off, reduced deposit and onboard credit

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04Nov2015

Royal Caribbean will be offering a new cruise promotion called, "BOGO GETTER", where guests can save on their cruise costs in three ways.

The new promotion is valid on cruises booked between November 10 & December 31, 2015 and offers:

  • 50% off the cruise fare only for the 2nd guest booked in the same stateroom as a 1st guest who is confirmed at full fare.
  • 50% reduced deposit
  • Onboard credit
    • Interior stateroom: $100 onboard credit per stateroom
    • Oceanview: $200 onboard credit per stateroom
    • Balcony/Suite: $300 onboard credit per stateroom

BOGO GETTER is valid on all deployed ships and sailings departing on or after December 10, 2015 are included in this offer, with the exception of all China departures.

In addition to the basic part of the BOGO GETTER deal, there are additional ways to save money on cruises.

Caribbean Bonus: 25% Savings for 3/4 guests on Caribbean sailings departing January — May, 2016.

Voom Bonus: Free Voom internet package for one device for Anthem, Harmony, Allure, Oasis, Freedom, and Enchantment of the Seas departing between May 1 — September 30, 2016

Italy Offer: Book between November 10-24, 2015 and get free prepaid gratuities for the 1st and 2nd guests and 50% off the cruise fare for 3rd/4th guests when booking a 2016 European cruise onboard Jewel, Vision, & Rhapsody of the Seas® sailings departing April — November 2016.

“Buy One, Get One 50% Off” is combinable with the adjoining Onboard Credit offer and VOOM offer, Crown & Anchor discounts and NextCruise offers. “Buy One, Get One 50% Off” is not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military.) The Onboard Credit and VOOM offers are combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military) and NextCruise offers. Onboard Credit and VOOM offers are not combinable with Crown & Anchor discounts. Neither offer is combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, weekly Sales Events, Net Rates, Shareholder Benefits.

This offer is combinable for Future Cruise Certificates and Letters of Credit.

Offer available to residents of United States and Canada.

Royal Caribbean kicks off Weekend WOW sale with 30% off cruises plus up to $50 onboard credit

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30Oct2015

Royal Caribbean is offering a new Weekend WOW sale this weekend, where guests can save 30% off every guest plus enjoy up to $50 onboard credit.

The amount of onboard credit a guest will receive depends on their stateroom category

  • Interior & Ocean view staterooms: $25 per stateroom
  • Balcony and suite staterooms: $50 per stateroom

The Weekend WOW sale is valid on cruises booked October 30 - November 1, 2015 and applies to sailings departing on or after December 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016, excluding China departures.

Offer is combinable with current standard/full fare rates, restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military, BOGO, Upgrade offers), and Next Cruise offers. Offer is not combinable with any other offer or promotion. 

Royal Caribbean launches 72-hour Anthem of the Seas sale

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27Oct2015

Royal Caribbean kicked off today a special 72-hour sale on Anthem of the Seas cruises, where staterooms begin at just $699 per person and guests can get $100 to spend onboard when booking a balcony or suite.

Guests that book a balcony or suite stateroom on Anthem of the Seas for sailings that depart between January 1 and March 31, 2016 will qualify for a $100 bonus onboard credit.

This 72-hour Anthem of the Seas sale runs between October 27 and 29, 2015.

This offer is combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military, 30% Savings) as well as NextCruise offers. OBC offer is not combinable with Crown & Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits.

Offer open to residents of the United States or Canada. 

Royal Caribbean new sale will offer 30% off every ship and every sailing

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09Oct2015

Royal Caribbean will kick off a big new sale next week that offers 30% off all ships and nearly all sailings.

The new cruise deal runs between October 12 and November 9, 2015 and applies to all ships and sailings departing on or after November 12, 2015, with the exception of China departures.

Guests will get 30% off the standard cruise fore for all guests in a stateroom plus

  • $100 onboard credit per stateroom on Oasis or Allure of the Seas 7-night Caribbean sailings departing May-Sept. 2016
  • $100 OBC per staterooms for any 2016 Alaska Cruisetour packages and stateroom category
  • Purchase air from Royal AIR2SEA on Offer eligible Europe sailings departing April through Nov. 2016 onboard Jewel, Rhapsody, and Vision of the Seas and receive an EXTRA per stateroom cruise fare savings of up to $1,000:
    • Suites: $1000 cruise fare Savings per stateroom
    • Interior/Oceanview/Balcony: $500 cruise fare Savings per stateroom
  • Bookings made Oct 12-18, 2015 for eligible sailings departing Dec 15 – 31 2015 or 2016 offer includes an onboard credit up to $500 OBC per stateroom
    • 6 nights or more
      • Interior, Oceanview, Balcony, Junior Suite: $200 onboard credit per stateroom
      • Grand Suite or above: $500 onboard credit per staterom
    • 5 nights or less
      • Interior, Oceanview, Balcony, Junior Suite: $100 onboard credit per stateroom
      • Grand Suite or above: $250 onboard credit per staterom

The 30% off discount is applied to the standard cruise fare for all guests in a stateroom, including third and fourth passengers; No category restrictions. All other charges, including, but not limited to, taxes, fees and port expenses, are additional and apply to all guests.

This offer will apply to single guests paying 200% single supplement on eligible sailings.

This new sale is combinable with Future Cruise Certificates, Letters of Credit, NextCruise bookings and Crown & Anchor Society savings benefits.

The 30% Savings and AIR2SEA Offers are not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military). However, the OBC offers are combinable with 30% Savings and restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, 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, Crown & Anchor Discount programs or rates. Single occupancy guests paying 200% cruise fare are eligible for Offer.

 

Royal Caribbean to begin 7-day WOW Sale offering up to $200 OBC & BOGO & 50% reduced deposit

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23Sep2015

Royal Caribbean will kick off a seven-day WOW sale starting September 24, 2015 that will run through September 30.

This new WOW Sale offers guests 50% off the second guest, up to $200 to spend onboard and a 50% reduced deposit on nearly any sailing. Plus there will be a holiday bonus added.

The September WOW Sale is combinable with BOGO+ promotion already currently running.

The WOW Sale is valid on all cruises departing on or after October 24, 2015, excluding China departures.

The onboard credit breakdown is as follows

  • 5 nights or less
    • $50 onboard credit (per stateroom) & 50% reduced deposit
  • 6-9 nights
    • $100 onboard credit (per stateroom) & 50% reduced deposit
  • 10 nights or longer
    • $200 onboard credit (per stateroom) & 50% reduced deposit

Plus, for all eligible sailings departing Dec. 15-31, 2015 or Dec. 15-31, 2016, offer includes an additional per stateroom onboard credit in the amount of $100 for 5 nights or less, $200 for 6-9 nights, or $400 for 10-nights. One offer per stateroom.

Offer is combinable with standard/full fare and restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military, BOGO, Upgrade, etc.), Harmony of the Seas VOOM Offer, and Next Cruise offer. Offer is not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, weekly Sales Events, Net Rates, Shareholder Benefits, and Crown & Anchor Discount programs or rates.

Offer is available to residents of United States and Canada.

Royal Caribbean launches 72-hour Anthem of the Seas sale

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21Sep2015

Royal Caribbean kicked off today a special 72-hour sale on Anthem of the Seas cruises, where guests can get a free upgrade to a balcony stateroom and $200 in onboard credit.

Guests that book a qualifying cruise can get

  • Free Upgrade – from Interior to Balcony (starting at $799 per person).
  • An additional $200 onboard credit per stateroom for all categories.

The cruise sale runs from September 21 through 23, 2015 and is for all Anthem of the Seas sailings departing November 10 – December 19, 2015.

Free Upgrade offers are combinable with the adjoining OBC offer, Crown & Anchor discounts, Next Cruise offers, and Shareholder Benefits. Free Upgrade offers are not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military, BOGO). OBC offer is combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military, BOGO, Free Upgrades, Free Gratuities) as well as Next Cruise offers. OBC offer is not combinable with Crown & Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Neither offer is 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.

Offer open to residents of the United States or Canada.

Royal Caribbean kicking off Summer Splash Sale with up to bonus $200 onboard credit

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16Sep2015

Royal Caribbean is offering a bonus Summer Splash Sale, where guests can get bonus onboard credit on top of the current BOGO Plus deal.

Guests that make new bookings between September 17-21, 2015 for 6-9 night Caribbean, Europe and Alaska sailings departing May 1 – Sept 30, 2016 will receive $100 per stateroom onboard credit.

Plus, Oasis of the Seas or Allure of the Seas sailings qualify for an additional $100 per stateroom onboard credit.

Offer is combinable with current standard/full fare rates, restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military, BOGO, Upgrade offers), and Next Cruise offers. Offer is not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, weekly Sales Events, Net Rates, Crown & Anchor Discounts, and Shareholder benefits.

Offer open to residents of the United States and Canada.

How to find really cheap Royal Caribbean cruises

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11Sep2015

The glory days of super cheap Royal Caribbean cruises may be over but there are still ways to find a cheap Royal Caribbean cruise vacation if you look hard enough.

The ever increasing popularity of cruising these days has been good news for the cruise industry, and with rising numbers of people going on a cruise, prices have also crept up a bit.

The good news is there are still deals to be found but you need to be flexible and a little creative when looking for that perfect cruise deal.

These days, when we refer to a "really cheap" cruise deal, we are talking about cruises that are below or right around $100 per person, per night.

Go when others don't want to

If you are looking for a Royal Caribbean cruise deal, you likely will not find it over Christmas, New Years, Spring Break or Summer.  Why? Because everyone else is looking to cruise then!

What you want to do is cruise during times of the year when most folks, especially families, cannot cruise.

The average school calender should be a good indication of when to cruise becaue when school is in session, there are less families out there looking to book a cruise.  Families often try not to take their kids out of school and so they wait for school vacations to take a cruise.

Some great times of the year to start with are

  • September
  • Early October
  • Early November (minus the weeks of Veterans Day and/or Thanksgiving)
  • First two weeks of December
  • January (minus Martin Luther King weekend)
  • First week or two of February
  • Early May

You want to avoid holidays, because that is when lots of people have days off from work and school and will also be looking for a vacation.

September and early October are your best bets because school is in session and it is the peak of hurricane season.  The first two weeks of December and the weeks following New Years in January are good times for deals too because with Christmas and New Years holidays, most folks will not take a vacation right before or right after.  Plus, school is in session during both times.

Pick older ships

Royal Caribbean likes to shine the spotlight on its newest and greatest ships and it makes sense because those ships offer so many cool new innovations.  But if you are in the market for a deal, look past them to the other ships.

Royal Caribbean has a fleet of 23 ships and the basic rule is the newer the ship, the higher premium for it.

You can often find better deals on these ships

  • Adventure of the Seas
  • Brilliance of the Seas
  • Enchantment of the Seas
  • Grandeur of the Seas
  • Independence of the Seas
  • Jewel of the Seas
  • Majesty of the Seas
  • Navigator of the Seas

Deals can also be found on other Vision, Radiance and Voyager class ships but it will largely depend on other factors.

Just because a ship is older, does not mean it will be boring or not worth your time.  Rather, Royal Caribbean has poured millions of dollars into these ships in the last few years to refurbish them with ammenities and activities that were first introduced on the Oasis and Quantum class ships.

As new ships get added to the fleet, the premium pricing gets applied to those ships while the other ships in the fleet can be had for less money.  

For price savy consumers, an older ship can be a terrific bargain.

Cruise in a competitive market

Even with the first two steps, you may still not find a really good deal and so what you want to do is look for a cruise somewhere that has other cruise lines competing with Royal Caribbean.

As of this blog post, the China, Australia and Asian cruise markets are commanding some high prices because of the booming demand there.

Cruises out to the Caribbean and even in Europe, can be had for a lower fare, especially when you factor in the first two steps of the blog post.

Book early

The old way to get a cruise deal was wait and book at the last minute.  But Royal Caribbean has been phasing out those last minute deals so if you absolutely want the lowest price, book early.

The cruise lines want to book their cruise ships up earlier and earlier, so they offer the best deals early on.  

Time and time again, the lowest pricing for all sailings comes when they first go on sale.  

The caveat to this tip is you have to be prepared to book a cruise 1-2 years in advance.  For a lot of folks, that is not very practical since work and school calendars are rarely published that early.

Your best bet is to book something with just a deposit and have the flexibility to change it later.  Even if you book only 7 or 8 months in advance, that is still better than trying to book 4-5 months in advance.

Pick shorter cruises

This may seem obvious but generally speaking, the shorter the cruise, the less expensive it is.

If you really want to just get away, 3 and 4 night cruises are going to be a heck of a lot less expensive than a 7 night or longer cruise.

There is also an interesting price dynamic with 5 and 6 night cruises because they tend to be overlooked by guests as they are too long for a weekend but not long enough for a week.  Think about it, if you are going to take 4-5 days off work for a 5 or 6 night cruise, why not just book a 7 night cruise for the same amount of time off?

Look at cruises that are between 3 and 6 nights for deeper discounts, especially closer to their sailing date when Royal Caribbean may lower the price to get more bookings.

Travel agents & web sites

There are hundreds and thousands of Royal Caribbean cruises out there and it can difficult to sift through results to find all those cruise deals.

Travel agencies provide a true service in highlighting particularly good deals as well as providing service to guests in making their booking and cruise planning processing simpler.

Keep in mind that the price of any Royal Caribbean cruise is strictly controlled by Royal Caribbean so the price you can get from Royal Caribbean directly or from a travel agent should be the same.

The reason why travel agencies and cruise discounting web sites are a good means of finding cruise deals is because they can bring certain deals to your attention as well as offer an agency-specific deal on top of the price.

These agency specific deals can sweeten the deal and it often comes in the form of onboard credit, free gratuities, free shore excursions and more.

There are a ton of travel agencies out there and be sure to consider the level of service with any of them, since they will be managing your reservation.  Here are a few of the really popular cruise sellers:

With any agency, I suggest contacting them about a quote and also ask the agent questions.  It can even be questions you know the answer to.  The key is to get a sense of their level of responsiveness and service.  Remember, some things are more important than saving an extra $20.

I will be honest and say I usually just book with the travel agency that I have worked with for years, but I do know plenty of folks out there use some of these web sites to find cheap cruise deals.

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Royal Caribbean offering bonus Crown & Anchor Society points on select Freedom of the Seas cruises

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07Sep2015

Guests booking Freedom of the Seas can earn an extra three points in Royal Caribbean's customer loyalty program, Crown and Anchor Society, when each guest spends a minimum of $450 per person on pre-cruise and onboard purchases.

If you can act fast and book a last-minute Freedom of the Seas cruise on one of the following sailings, you will qualify for the deal

  • September 13, 2015
  • September 20, 2015
  • September 27, 2015

This is a pilot program by Royal Caribbean to award additional Crown and Anchor Society points to those that spend a certain amount of money on their cruise.

The total qualifying spend must be greater than or equal to $450 times the number of adults in the stateroom. If this is met, each guest in the stateroom will receive three aditional points.

The following purchases qualify towards the $450 threshold:

  • Shore excursions
  • Food and beverage
  • Spa treatments
  • Retail purchases
  • Photo purchases
  • Art purchases
  • Other onboard activities.

The deal excludes these types of purchases

  • Onboard charges for casino
  • Air or hotel reservations
  • Dining booked through the call center
  • Items from the Gifts & Gear website
  • Promotional onboard credit
  • Gratuities

Gold status and higher Crown & Anchor members over the age of 18 will receive an additional three cruise points per sailing when each member in the stateroom makes $450 USD or more in purchases during the sailing and after all credit and refunds have been applied, if any.  Onboard credits do not count towards the $450.

All adults in the stateroom must meet the minimum amount independently. 

Amount of guest’s purchases will be calculated upon the end of the cruise.

Points will be added to eligible Crown and Anchor Society member’s account 60 days after cruise completion.

Royal Caribbean offering free high speed internet for new Harmony of the Seas bookings

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07Sep2015

For a limited time, Royal Caribbean is offering its high speed internet service, Voom, for free to those that book qualifying Harmony of the Seas cruises.

Royal Caribbean is tacking on free Voom internet for two guests on top of its popular BOGO Plus deal that is currently available.

Guests staying in an ocean view, balcony or suite stateroom will receive Voom unlimited internet package for two devices.  A two-device Voom package would ordinarily cost $22.50 per day for the duration of the cruise.

The Harmony of the Seas cruise must be booked between August 17 and October 11, 2015.

Offer applies to all Harmony of the Seas sailings departing between May 29 - Oct 16, 2016.

Offer includes one Voom internet package for two devices. Offer applies to ocean view, balcony, and suite staterooms. Voom unlimited internet package applicable to guest 1 and guest 2.

Offer does not apply to third and higher occupancy guests.

Offer available to residents of United States and Canada.

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