Treat Yourself! Upgrade Your Vacation Using A Future Cruise Credit
Your cruise has been cancelled and you have two options – receive a refund or a Future Cruise Credit (FCC). While a refund may sound enticing, if you are able to, selecting the FCC option may be a wiser investment if you still are itching to take a cruise. It is literally free money. Most cruise lines are offering at least a 125% credit, which means they are giving you a voucher to book a future cruise that is worth more than the initial fare.
Your FCC can be booked with any travel agency or the cruise line directly. You do not have to use the original booking source to rebook your FCC. Our best insider tip is to work with a reputable travel agent who can provide guidance on how to redeem and make the most of your FCC, considering bonus offers, sales and upgrades.
Between the bonus on your FCC and numerous cruise options for 2021 and beyond, the following are a few ways you can treat yourself using your cruise line credit:
1. Upgrade Your Cabin
Use the extra funds to splurge on a higher-category cabin. Go from an inside cabin to a balcony, or balcony to a suite! Have you ever wanted to try a Spa cabin? Now could be the time! Read More: Best Cruise Lines for Cabins in 2020 - Members' Choice Awards.
2. Book a Second Cruise
If the amount of the credit exceeds the cost of the new cruise you are booking, which is more likely to happen when traveling during off-peak times, some cruise lines will issue the remaining balance as a second credit. This means it might be possible to book two cruises using one FCC! See All Cruise Deals.
3. Stack FCC with Other Promotions
Redeem an FCC and book your new cruise when the cruise line or your travel agent is offering a promotion for onboard credit or free gratuities. Plus, sometimes cruise lines offer free or reduced airfare which would offer incredible value when bundled with your FCC. Additionally, check with your travel agent if your FCC is valid to be used on extras such as taxes, gratuities, shore excursions, and more.
4. Check Off Your Bucket List
Consider cruising on a different itinerary to a destination that you may have previously thought was too expensive. Have you always dreamed of snorkeling in Aruba or setting out on a whale watching adventure in Alaska? This could be your perfect opportunity! Explore cruise destination guides.
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