Carnival Announces ‘EasyPay’ Plan for Cruise Payments

June 8, 2017.

Carnival Cruise Line has launched a new program called Carnival EasyPay that allows guests to pay for their cruise in three monthly installments.

Guests make their initial cruise deposit and then the balance of their cruise is charged in three equal payments which are taken out automatically on the same designated day for three consecutive months. Guests can either register for the program at carnival.com or via the line’s call centers.  Travel agents can also sign up for Carnival EasyPay to process payments on behalf of their clients.  Essentially, it automates what you would otherwise have to do on your own.

Guests must make a required deposit on their cruise fare to be eligible for Carnival EasyPay.   Additionally, the deposit due date must be at least 90 days before the final payment date.  The first installment is charged to guests’ credit card 30 days from the date of the deposit with two additional monthly installments thereafter.   While Carnival EasyPay is available at no cost, guests are responsible for any interest charges by their credit card provider.

Guests are prompted to select Carnival EasyPay in the “How Would You Like to Pay” section of carnival.com when ready to make payment on their booking.  Guests can also sign up for or cancel Carnival EasyPay after the initial deposit is made by visiting the “Manage My Booking” tab on carnival.com.

Additional information on Carnival EasyPay is available at https://www.carnival.com/carnival-easy-pay. A video outlining the program can be viewed here.

Norwegian Offering ‘Balcony Bonus Week’ and Extends ‘Free at Sea’ Promotion

June 6, 2017.

Norwegian Cruise Line is extending its popular Free at Sea promotion, which provides cruisers with up to five free onboard amenity offers, now through June 30. Plus, for this week only, Norwegian is celebrating Balcony Bonus Week, where guests who book a new five-day or longer cruise vacation in a balcony stateroom or higher now through June 12 can receive up to $500 in free onboard spending money†*. Also exclusive for this week, Norwegian is bringing guests halfway closer to their next vacation with 50 percent reduced deposits for all who book a new cruise vacation in select categories* now through June 12. (Editor’s Note:  the fine print explaining all the deal annotations is at the bottom of this article)

Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or mini suite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five onboard amenity offers**, including free unlimited open bar, free Specialty Dining, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free WiFi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Guests that book a cruise in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® and enjoy all five free amenities**, providing up to $2,500 in added value to their cruise.

Guests looking to experience Hawaii on Pride of America can enjoy an exclusive Free at Sea Hawaii offer. Guests who book a new cruise aboard Pride of America now through June 30 have the freedom to select one of five*** offers, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay^ with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free Specialty Dining Package**, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America can enjoy all five offers.

Those looking to experience the charm and magic of the holiday season at sea can enjoy even more onboard splendor with Norwegian’s Holiday Bonus Bundle^*, available now through June 30, which offers $100 of onboard credit on select holiday sailings over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This credit is combinable with Free At Sea and Free At Sea Hawaii and is perfect for purchasing last-minute holiday gifts in one of Norwegian’s onboard boutiques or to toast to the New Year with a relaxing and indulgent spa treatment.

The Rules For the Various Offers:

†All sailings 3 nights or longer. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, MX. Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Joy and Pride of America sailings are not eligible for this offer. Friends & Family sail free applicable only on select sail dates.

†*Offer valid on 5+ night sailings. Amount of onboard credit is per stateroom and varies by stateroom category. Offer not applicable to categories BX or MX. Offer is not applicable to Norwegian Joy sailings.

*Haven & Suite categories are not applicable for this offer. Offer is only applicable for mini-suites and below. Offer available for new bookings made more than 90 days from sail date.

**Guests are responsible for an 18% gratuity for retail value for Specialty Dining Package, Unlimited Beverage Package, and/ or the Soda Package, with pricing based on number of cruise nights. Number of meals for specialty dining package based on length of itinerary. $50 USD per port shore excursion credit is per stateroom and is applicable for each port; it is not transferable to other ports. Overnight stays count as one port, except Bermuda sailings which can receive up to 3 individual days of shore excursion credit. Wifi package offers one login per stateroom. On Norwegian Breakaway, stateroom receives an internet package of 250 minutes or 1000 MB of data.

***Pride of America offer available for bookings for cruises through December 31, 2018. Offer is not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX

^Cruises must be booked more than 30 days prior sailing, when selecting hotel option; if choosing hotel option with air option cruises must be made more than 60 days prior to sailing. Offer valid for Waikiki Marriott Resort-city view room. In the event that the hotel scheduled to be used in package is unavailable, for any reason, Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to substitute the hotel included in package. One night pre-hotel offer is available on reservations with 4 guests or less. If choosing 1 night pre hotel option, reservation must be made more than 30 days prior to sailing.

^* Offer not applicable to categories IX, OX, BX, or, MX.

Azamara Club Cruises ‘Nights On Us’ Promotion

June 1, 2017.

Azamara Club Cruises latest offer– the Nights On Us promotion – started today and provides travelers complimentary nights for voyages in 2018.

If travelers book 12+ months out, they’ll receive even more savings by being able to combine this promo with Azamara’s Early Booking Bonus.

Details For The Nights On Us Offer:

o   The longer you stay, the more complimentary nights you earn

o   Early booking bonus: up to $1,000 per suite and $500 per stateroom in onboard credit

o   9 nights or less = 2 nights on Azamara

o   10 nights to 14 nights = 3 nights on Azamara

o   15 nights or longer = 4 nights on Azamara

  • Booking window: 6/1/17 – 8/31/17

The Fine Print:

Offer applies to new bookings made 1-June through 31-August, 2017 (“Offer Period”) on select sailings departing 4-January 2018 through 14-December 2018.  Offer not valid for the following sailings:   For Azamara Journey: 21-Jan-18, 22-Feb 18, 24-Nov 18, 4-Dec 18, 21-Dec 18.  For Azamara Quest: 20-Feb 18, 9-Mar 18, 19-Mar 18, 28-Mar 18, 24-May 18, 22-Dec 18.

“NIGHTS ON US” issued only in the form of a savings applied to the total stateroom cruise fare. Savings based on number of cruise nights: 9 nights or shorter cruises- 2 nights on us, 10 to 14 night cruises- 3 nights on us, 15 to 19 night cruises- 4 nights on us. The savings amount for each night on us is calculated by dividing the total stateroom cruise fare by the number of cruise nights. Savings is deducted from cruise fare at time of booking. All other charges, including, but not limited to, cruise taxes, fees, and port expenses, are additional and apply to all guests.

Offer applies to new, individual bookings and non-contracted group bookings named and fully deposited during the Offer Period; excludes charters. Offer is combinable with reduced single supplement rates, back to back savings, onboard booking savings, Le Club Voyage quarterly savings. Offer is not combinable with Interline, Travel Agent, and Net Rates, savings, Employee or other Deep Discount rates. Offer is subject to availability and change without notice and may be withdrawn at any time, and is open to residents of U.S. and Canada. Azamara reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice. Refer to AzamaraClubCruises.com/NightsOnUs for additional terms and conditions.

Oasis Of The Seas “Great American Eclipse” Cruise Sails August 20, 2017

June 1, 2017.

The “Great American Eclipse,” is already booking up hotels across the country, and Royal Caribbean International is featuring the event on a 7-night Caribbean sailing on Oasis of the Seas.  The ship will cruise to the optimal spot at sea for guests to witness the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

The Total Eclipse Cruise will feature a bucket-list-worthy viewing party with a live concert performed by a major headliner – to be revealed at a later date – to celebrate the celestial phenomenon.

Guests will be treated to a full slate of eclipse-themed activities, including dance parties, trivia, enrichment lectures, interactive science fun for kids, and cocktails and dishes with names like the Cosmic Cosmo, Planetary Punch and Moon Pie.

The 7-night Total Eclipse Cruise will set sail on Aug. 20, 2017 from Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida and visit Eastern Caribbean destinations: Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas;  and Nassau, Bahamas. You can learn more and book now to witness this historic event at sea by visiting RoyalCaribbean.com/TotalEclipse, calling (800) ROYAL- CARIBBEAN or by contacting your travel agent.

Seven other Royal Caribbean ships will be in the Caribbean during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, on itineraries ranging from 3 to 9 nights, offering guests partial views of the event. The seven ships are Allure of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas.