Cruise gift cards

So I have been juggling the idea of purchasing gift cards for certain cruise lines.  I was wondering if anyone has used them to purchase a cruise?  My plan was to purchase 1 per month and then when said cruise time comes, just pay it all off with them.  Thoughts?

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I do it all the time to earn bonus points and have had no issues using them.  Onboard credits and/or gift cards are great ways to prefund your cruise expenses.  Same thing with airlines.

So can you use multiple gift cards to purchase a cruise?  I know they sell them in denominations from $100 - $1000.  Airlines here in Canada are arseholes about using multiple gift cards and will only allow you to use 2 but it has to pay for the full cost of the flight.

Really makes sense If you can buy them at a discount. Sometimes Publix, Kroger Supermarkets do  promos where you can buy gift cards at a discount. I purchase through AARP when they offer them at a discount by redeeming points earned on various quizzes and programs they offer on their web site. The discounts are usually 10%. Some credit cards also offer discounts when you purchase with their card or use points.

 

To help with my on board account, I'll be purchasing Carnival Gift Cards a little at a time and use them. 

 

Can they be used to purchase a cruise?

It depends upon which type of gift card you are referring to ....

 

Taken from Carnival's site:

"Carnival Gift Cards can be used on almost anything: towards the purchase of a Carnival cruise and redeemed onboard toward the Sail & Sign account for gifts, drinks, and fun."

I purchase the Carnival gift cards from AARP whenever I can catch them. I use them to pay the cruise fare and give a few to DH for his casino 'excursions'. Happy

I never thought of using Gift Cards to purchase a cruise.  I'll have to think about that.

I can say when the Carnival Gift Cards were introduced, they were being talked up on FV not only by a moderator, but also a couple people on the site.

They say it's a good way to save for a cruise. 

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