I know I have seen a thread about this but can't seem to find it.
Once before, about 5 years ago, I booked a cruise while on a cruise but since I have " Old Timer's Disease" I can't remember the benefits of doing so. Please help this memory cell deficint cruiser with the benefits of doing that.
We usually book while on a cruise for the next cruise. We put $100 deposit down. When you get home, you receive a "Future Carnival Vacation Certificate" that gives you an on board credit from $50 -$200 depending on the length of the cruise. You have 24 months to ake the cruise. You pick the cruise and they will apply the $100 deposit. So, you basically get an on board credit by booking a cruise while on a cruise.
Thanks for your help in this. So instead of paying a $400 deposit you only pay $100. Is that how I am reading this? We are going on Fascination on Oct. 8th and looking at our next cruise on Jan. 12th. Doesn't give much time for balance payoff.
No - I think maybe the last poster was referring to the "Future Cruise Certificate" program - where you pay $100 (must be on a credit or debit card - they will not charge your sail and sign account) and receive a certificate that you use as part of your payment towards the next cruise you book.
The cruise must be a NEW booking - you are not supposed to be able to use the certificate to offset a cruise you already have booked, but some have managed to do so.
The certificate you pay $100 for gives you $100 off the cost of your next cruise (break even) plus OBC ranging from $50 for a short cruise to $200 for a long cruise ($50 3-5 days, $75 6 days, $100 7 days, $200 8 days or longer).
If you don't use the certificate, they refund your $100 to the original credit card you purchased it with (thus, the reason they won't charge your sail and sign account nor let you pay cash).
If you actually BOOK onboard, you pay the full deposit for whatever the current promotion is/length of sailing specific. In return, you receive the OBC as detailed above along with 2 vouchers for friends or family to book on the same sailing as you and receive the same OBC. They have (I believe) 30 days from the time you disembark to book their sailings.
Are you sure you get a refund if not used? I bought one and never booked Carnival in the window, don't remember getting it back. I know Celebrity's doesn't ever expire so I got 2 last time around for the future.
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Thanks for the great detail on your reply. So basically you can use the $100 towards a deposit or onboard credit. As I see it this is only an advantage if you are booking a cruise at least 6 months or so in advance and not 3 months away. All you are doing is posting a $100 on board credit on your credit or debit card that yo will use to travel on if you are working on a short cruise date. Is that right?
Never did a future cruise credit or booked a cruise onboard while cruising with Carnival, but have on other lines. There is one caution that should be noted.
If you are on a long cruise be sure to book near the end of the cruise. I once bought a future cruise certificate on the 3rd day of a 28-day Princess cruise. They charged my credit card that day and when I got home the credit card bill was there with the payment date already past. I assumed it would be charged to my sea pass, but was not. Since Princess & Carnival are the same company, I assume Carnival would do the same as Princess.
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Experiences over the years enabled me to have all the answers, but not necessarily corresponding with your questions.
We cruise at least once a year to celebrate our anniversary. We've used the certificate the past 3 cruises we have taken. You get $100 off your next cruise and a $100 On Board Credit. We know we will always cruise at least once a year so it is a good deal for us. However if you are not sure if you will ever sail again I would not do it.
Each cruise line is a little bit different on what type of future cruise amenities they'll offer while onboard your current cruise. But my advice is that if you plan to do another cruise with that company, then always take advantage of the future cruise program as you'll get the chance to get a reduced deposit along with onboard credit - both of which are always a good thing.
You do have to pay for the deposit when booking - they won't charge it to your onboard account.
And if you have a travel agent, let them know when booking so your agent can service the reservation for you.
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