Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Booking on board

I don't believe I've seen this before. Are there big advantages for booking your next cruise while you are on board your current cruise?

Please let me know. Thanks

 

 

Tags: booking on board

5 Answers

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

There are advantages, I don't recognize them as big ones though. We have tried it three times. Each time something has came up where we canceled. Lost our money each occasion, except the last time with HAL, where we canceled but our "credit" was good for 4 years. Later we booked another, only to find out the HAL credit was limited to certain type cruises and the one we were booking didn't count. Not to say though this sales gimmick doesn't work out for some, but we pitch the pitch into the waste paper basket anymore.     

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

It depends on the cruise line. There are benefits such as more OBC (or other perk like PPG) on the booked cruise.

  • On NCL a few years ago, we received OBC for the cruise that we were on, plus OBC for the future cruise.  
  • On Princess, the future cruise deposit was open-ended PLUS we received double OBC for whatever we book in the future.

I appreciate the effort that the cruise lines are making an effort to coordinate with our TA. That was one of the issues we did not book on board before now.  

I don't believe there is much in the way of cost breaks for booking on board. 

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Admiral

I prefer to purchase the coupon for credit of of your next cruise.   I did that on NCL and for $250.00 I got  $ 100.00 credit off of this cruise and $ 250.00 off of my next one and it last for 5 years.

 

I can not book that far in advance as I travel with different friends depending who gets time off work.

GTVCRUISER
Contributor Level: Captain

I have booked on board , but I find better deals on the internet sites

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

My boyfriends parents typically buy on board. We just came back from our cruise, and we did not book (mostly because of personal issues we need to account for). I can tell you on RCI they have deals throughout. First 3 days of the cruise, they boosted the on board credit temporarily, and you can get the second person for half off. There are always pro's and cons, but its personal preference. I'm trying to book myself with deals online this time around, see how it goes. 

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