Could you (should you?) take advantage of the current situation for future cruises?

I am not advocating this and I am not personally doing this (yet), but I think it warrants a discussion.

As avid cruisers, we have had three cruises canceled due to travel restrictions so far. We have six more future cruises booked, and if the ships are sailing, we’ll be aboard.

Many cruise lines are offering substantial future cruise credits for sailings that have been canceled. 125-150% is not uncommon.

Is this an opportunity to speculate on future cruises? I could book a cruise for next month that I’m perfectly happy to take if it sails, but I’m not emotionally devastated if it doesn’t.

If it gets canceled, I could use that future cruise credit (150% ?) to plan another close-in cruise. And that cruise could get canceled, generating even more future cruise credit.

I guess it’s like any type of gambling, but if you loose this one you go on a cruise!

What do you think? Should Vegas be putting odds on future cruise?

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We have 2 cruises booked for May. If they get cancelled we will rebook for a year from now in hopes they have a handle on this virus. If we break even on the rebook then we are fine with that.

Agreed. we have 4 booked, starting in Nov. I'll take advantage every chance I get. Theres no damage done. Been playing this game long enough. This WILL end, one way or another. Someone will come up with a vaccine not just to help if you get it, but try to prevent it.

I have been on 136 cruises , I just canceled 3 and have one more in October , I hope I do not have to cancel that one Nervous

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We were invited to join some friends on a cruise May 23rd. We declined because the air fare was outrageous. Then the air fare became half we really considered it even if the cruise got cancelled; because then we would have credit for a future cruise. Decided against taking advantage of the situation. However, if you have the time and patience to take advantage, I see no reason not to. My DH is not good with ambiguity. Wink

Very interesting proposition. If someone has the time and availability they may want to consider this. But unfortunately for those of us still tied to a job short term changes in vacations and scheduling are not always an option and if we are able to do A short term change doing it several times can be a career limiting move.

I don't see any deception here. If they are booking cruises for a month from now and you will sail if they do, then I don't see any problem at all.

It is my understanding, and I could be wrong, you would only receive the 125% benefit if you leave all of the money you paid out ( paid in full ) and rebook. If you want your full refund you get 100% back, but not the perk. Am I correct in this ?

The exact details vary depending on cruise line, sailing date, cancellation date, and many other factors.

I would say go for it once this is under control. You may be able to get some great deals. I cruised shortly after 9/11 and they were basically giving away cruises. I even got upgraded to a suite for FREE!

Yes, that is correct but they have raised the rates considerably so the extra 25% does help; for the same itinerary we had on the cancelled 4/3 Celebrity cruise, we will still owe about $500. We'll wait to see if prices drop since we have until 12/21.

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