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tobytovar August 25th, 2012 08:41 PM

Booking a cruise while sailing
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.

Deni August 25th, 2012 08:55 PM

Me Too! I already know what / where I want to go next and am wondering what the benefits would be if I book while at sea.


averrette August 26th, 2012 12:49 PM

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.

tobytovar August 26th, 2012 09:24 PM

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.

trvlqueen August 26th, 2012 09:38 PM

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.

Hope this helps. :D

mlschef August 26th, 2012 09:57 PM

Is this offered on every ship?
I remember a desk on the Valor with offers for booking cruises, but I didn't see one last year on the Triumph.

On the Conquest in two weeks with plans of booking another.

aerospace August 26th, 2012 11:59 PM

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.

cath August 27th, 2012 08:43 AM

I was on Fascination last week and they said that if you purchase the certificate and then don't book in the 24 months, they refund your $$$

green_rd August 27th, 2012 10:42 AM

You do need to apply for the refund. I don't think Carnival isn't monitoring which certificates are not used.

tobytovar August 27th, 2012 11:22 PM

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?

green_rd August 28th, 2012 07:56 AM

It is a twofer deal. You put $100 down and that can bee applied to the cost of your cruise and then you get OBC on top of that. The amount of OBC varies, I think, based on the length of the cruise.

OldFartCruiser August 28th, 2012 09:29 AM

Word of Caution
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:mad:. I assumed it would be charged to my sea pass, but was not:confused:. Since Princess & Carnival are the same company, I assume Carnival would do the same as Princess.

O F C'er

Master Chief August 29th, 2012 10:35 AM

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. September 1st, 2012 05:03 PM

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.


Stennsan September 1st, 2012 08:31 PM

We were tempted to book another cruise last week while we were on the NCL Dawn. They were offing $100 on board credit for the current cruise if we put a $250 deposit down on a future cruise.

We could book up to four future cruises for a total of $400 in credit to our current bill. The future cruise deposits were fully transferable to friends or family and we had four years to use them.

The only catch was the future cruise had to be 6+ days.

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