When we booked our cruise we booked early and was told we would receive an on board credit of $320.00 from Princess. What can we expect with this, is it just to use on purchases on board like the spa, photos etc. or is it also good for shore trips or restaurants with an extra price. Does anyone know or have received these before.
This is credit against anything you apply to your on board account; gratuities, photos, spa treatments, drinks, shore excursions, shop purchases, gambling ... and whatever else I am missing.
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The first thing I would do is utilize the CC to pay your gratuities and then go to at least one of the specialty restaurants (preferably on a casual evening when the menu in the DR doesn't look all that appetizing).
The last on my list would be spending it on the ship board items which tend to be the same thing we can get at home at much the same price and lastly the over priced tours unless it's one that really pique's your interest.
Items like the Spa, photo's and drinks can eat up you CC real fast.
Tom, Your on board credit can be used for anything that you would use your sign/sail card for, including shore excursions, drinks, specialty restaurants, etc. Sometimes, it takes a day or two to show up on your account, but you can check and make sure its there....Always nice to start out a cruise with a credit, have fun!
There are two types of On Board Credit (OBC). One is called "Refundable Credit" and the second is "Non-refundable Credit".
Refundable credit is "usually" credit that is applied to your account and was actually paid for by someone like your travel agent or a bon voyage gift. This type of credit can be used for anything including gratuities and the casino. If you have a negative balance, at the end of your cruise, you will receive a check for the balance.
Non-Refundable credit is "usually" credit that is provided by the cruise line or third party as a promotion or booking incentive. It can only be used for on board purchases but cannot be used for gratuities or the casino. If you have a negative balance, on your account at the end of the cruise, you will not receive that balance. It's use it or lose it credit.
I do stress "usually" because there are instances where credit, given by the cruiseline, can be refundable and credit given by a travel agent is "non-refundable". The best way to determine what type of OBC you have is to ask at the Customer Service desk.
No matter what type of credit you receive it will definitely lower your bill and make your cruise more enjoyable.
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Just be careful to keep an eye on the amount of onboard credit you have spent as you may run the risk of spending over especially if your partner will have a seperate shipboard card. You will be surprised how quickly it can run out. And once you get onboard just make sure the credit is already there, in case there has been some mistake.