Cruise lines have sales going on all the time. Offering discounted fares for one reason or another, there always seems to be some great deal to choose from. Getting down to the details, travelers often find that the super-low price, amazing offer or discounted dream has restrictions that knock it out of the real world as something we can actually use. The “selected sailings” that free airfare promotion is good on are at a time when we can’t travel. The ultra low price is much higher when required fees or taxes are added on, blowing the budget. That dream of luxurious cruise travel disintegrates when we find out the accommodations we get for that price are for a stateroom the size of a broom closet.
…and then there is the Royal Caribbean “Wow Sale”.
This one is short, sweet and nearly impossible to beat without engaging the services of a discount cruise broker, an election year politician-like person who will promise you anything to get your vote/booking.
Royal Caribbean has its final WOW Sale of the year coming up October 15, 16 and 17, 2012. That’s this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only. There will not be another one of these until next year. Here is what it looks like
The deal is simple:
- Good on all new individual bookings made for a 2013-14 Royal Caribbean sailing
- Get $50 onboard credit per stateroom on three- to five-night itineraries
- Get $100 per stateroom for six- to nine-night itineraries
- Get $200 per stateroom for 10-night itineraries or longer.
- Pay a 50 percent reduced deposits during the three-day WOW Sale
For most travelers, that’s all there is to it. Guests can apply their onboard credit toward anything, including an exhilarating shore excursion or rejuvenating spa session, or celebrate a special occasion during their cruise with a specialty dining experience.
The WOW Sale onboard credit and 50 percent reduced deposit offers are applicable to all Royal Caribbean International cruises that sail on or after January 1, 2013 including cruisetours.
Offer is available only in the U.S. and Canada and applies to new individual bookings with required deposit only and is not applicable to groups. Offer applies to all categories available. All bookings must be made and the required deposit must be paid by October 17, 2012, by 11:59 p.m. local time to qualify for the promotion. Onboard credit is in U.S. dollars, has no cash value, is not redeemable for cash, is not transferable and will expire if not used by 10:00 pm on the last evening of the cruise.
Spend some time this weekend researching where you might want to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2013 or 2014 then call or email your travel agent first thing Monday morning to start getting serious about it.
Remember, that 50% reduced deposit is totally refundable if the booking you make is canceled before final payment is due. Frankly, this is one of those situations in which I commonly tell people “If there is any chance that you might want to go on a cruise in the next two years, you really need to do this.”