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Do Pre-cruise Promotional Discounts Ever Change?

By Cruisegoer , June 27, 2023 in Royal Caribbean International

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I haven't sailed with Royal in a bit so I'm just curious if the discounts on Beverage or Dining Packages or even Shore Excursions and Internet fluctuate (i.e. Larger Promotional Discounts offered depending on holidays, general sales, etc)? Right now it seems everything is around a 20% discount which pretty much reflects the discount I'm offered as a Diamond level C&A member.

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12 minutes ago, Cruisegoer said: Hello,   I haven't sailed with Royal in a bit so I'm just curious if the discounts on Beverage or Dining Packages or even Shore Excursions and Internet fluctuate (i.e. Larger Promotional Discounts offered depending on holidays, general sales, etc)? Right now it seems everything is around a 20% discount which pretty much reflects the discount I'm offered as a Diamond level C&A member.

To me they change and a couple days later change again. Lunch was stuck on 15% off .. went to 10% off and  now stuck there but base price went up. Excursions were as low as 35% off last black friday.

Sorry, I dont k know how you came up with 20% off. Lol I have  nothing booked at 20% off. Which items are you asking about?

orville99

They mark them up so they can mark them down - the end price you pay never really changes more than a buck or two once you actually purchase one 😇

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Some items rotate between two price points.  Others don't change at all (or go up).  The only time the price really changes is around black friday/cyber monday.  You might luck out every now and then with a slightly lower price, or a technical error (when they ran the deluxe beverage for $17/day or Izumi Hibachi at $28/pp).  What people will say is if you like the price, buy it.  If it goes down (or you get a black friday or other sale) you can always repurcahse and then cancel your old order.  I will say there were at least 3 times where I was waiting to purchase and then the prices jumped up and never went back down.  For example the unlimited dining package was between $180-$200 every other week.  I decided to buy it on the next drop to $180 and the price jumped to $320 and has never come back down. I don't know that we have ever heard someone complain about buying too soon (but I am sure I will now...).  Until such time as RCI makes a cruise planner purchase non-refundable, you should buy now and look for lower prices later if you really want the product.

1 hour ago, firefly333 said: To me they change and a couple days later change again. Lunch was stuck on 15% off .. went to 10% off and  now stuck there but base price went up. Excursions were as low as 35% off last black friday.   Sorry, I dont k know how you came up with 20% off. Lol I have  nothing booked at 20% off. Which items are you asking about?

Look at the Diamond level benefits for beverage (adult) purchase discounts (20%), that's what I'm being offered as the discount in "Plan My Cruise" off the Deluxe Beverage Package.  3 Night Dining package is also 20% off, Unlimited Dining is only 15% off, some shore excursions showing as only 10% pre-cruise savings.

27 minutes ago, The Scurvy Pirate said: Some items rotate between two price points.  Others don't change at all (or go up).  The only time the price really changes is around black friday/cyber monday.  You might luck out every now and then with a slightly lower price, or a technical error (when they ran the deluxe beverage for $17/day or Izumi Hibachi at $28/pp).  What people will say is if you like the price, buy it.  If it goes down (or you get a black friday or other sale) you can always repurcahse and then cancel your old order.  I will say there were at least 3 times where I was waiting to purchase and then the prices jumped up and never went back down.  For example the unlimited dining package was between $180-$200 every other week.  I decided to buy it on the next drop to $180 and the price jumped to $320 and has never come back down. I don't know that we have ever heard someone complain about buying too soon (but I am sure I will now...).  Until such time as RCI makes a cruise planner purchase non-refundable, you should buy now and look for lower prices later if you really want the product.

You're talking about total cost $180-200-320 not per day correct? Right now it would be $400pp on my 5 night.

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Everything about Royal seems to be dynamic and I've seen prices change for both cruises and cruise planner items in a 24-hour period. One thing is for sure: it seems like Tuesdays are the worst days to book a cruise, price always goes up and/or their "promo" ends. I haven't been as religious checking the cruise planner but it'd be interesting if that was on a cadence, too.  

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55 minutes ago, Cruisegoer said: You're talking about total cost $180-200-320 not per day correct? Right now it would be $400pp on my 5 night.

A 5 night dining package should be under $200 pp.  A five night UBP would be about $500 total.

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21 minutes ago, Merion_Mom said: Constantly.  Relentlessly. Indubitably.

The new slogan?  R elentlessly. C onstantly. I ndubitably.  

An alternative to R eally C onsistently I nconsistent ?

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Pay no attention to the percentages off.  Just look at the bottom-line price.

15 minutes ago, KelJ said: Pay no attention to the percentages off.  Just look at the bottom-line price.

It's $400 pp.

25 minutes ago, taglovestocruise said: A 5 night dining package should be under $200 pp.  A five night UBP would be about $500 total.

When did you last cruise and purchase a Deluxe Beverage Package? Prices went up big time in the last year, I think $80 per day is about average (it used to be $60ish).

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4 hours ago, Cruisegoer said: Hello,   I haven't sailed with Royal in a bit so I'm just curious if the discounts on Beverage or Dining Packages or even Shore Excursions and Internet fluctuate (i.e. Larger Promotional Discounts offered depending on holidays, general sales, etc)? Right now it seems everything is around a 20% discount which pretty much reflects the discount I'm offered as a Diamond level C&A member.

I eyeball the prices every day for changes.  I've gotten significant savings on internet and Coco Beach Club by watching the prices. I simply rebook at the new price and cancel the higher priced one.  No issues doing that.  

Thanks

On 6/27/2023 at 1:33 PM, Another_Critic said: The new slogan?  R elentlessly. C onstantly. I ndubitably.     An alternative to R eally C onsistently I nconsistent ?

Thank you!  I didn't even see what I had done!  😄  

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On 6/27/2023 at 11:22 AM, firefly333 said: To me they change and a couple days later change again. Lunch was stuck on 15% off .. went to 10% off and  now stuck there but base price went up. Excursions were as low as 35% off last black friday.   Sorry, I dont k know how you came up with 20% off. Lol I have  nothing booked at 20% off. Which items are you asking about?

They really rise as you get closer to your sail.  My suggestion is book and if prices drop get them repriced.  Many of the refreshments and internet package costs for my family are hundreds of $ more.

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July 4th CP sale started today. You may or may not find something.

I don't buy the DBP or UDP... or very much in general but these sales haven't resulted in any overly exciting savings for my future Wonder cruises when I glance at them. Internet goes from $20.99 to $19.99, individual dining doesn't change at all, DBP goes down like $6/day or so, etc.

Mostly only looking at internet for my next cruise before we become D+ and start using our 4 free days/credit since my wife and I are OK sharing once account. Maybe it will be a couple bucks cheaper on Black Friday. Will also book a specialty meal or two.

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Picture it: You've planned your upcoming cruise for months. You chose the perfect ship and itinerary, rounded out your vacation wardrobe and weeded through endless lists of dining options and spa treatments. Then, you board the ship and head to the excursions desk only to discover there's no more room on that once-in-a-lifetime adventure that was to be the crowning moment of your voyage.

Don't let this happen to you. If you're booked on a sailing and don't want to miss out, you can reserve many activities, experiences and restaurant meals ahead of time, either online or via the cruise line's mobile apps .

Whether you're a planner or someone who likes to play your vacation by ear, you should absolutely consider booking certain cruise activities in advance. Discover what's available pre-cruise so you can better prepare for your next voyage.

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If you wait until after you embark to book, you run the risk of being stuck with the earliest or latest dining times or — worse — being completely out of luck. This is especially true if you're sailing on a newer ship with eateries that aren't widely available elsewhere.

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Have your eye on specific shore tours? Lock them in early, especially if you're setting off on a bucket-list journey to a place that you might not have a chance to visit again. Take it from me: There are few feelings worse than having the person at the shore excursions desk tell you, "Sorry, but that tour is full."

Are you looking at something pricey and aren't sure you want to pay that much? Here's a tip: Book it anyway. If you change your mind, you can usually cancel 24 to 48 hours in advance (depending on your cruise line's policy) and receive a full refund.

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You can wait to reserve spa treatments until you're on the ship — unless you're aiming for something particularly special. Do you need to reserve a large number of manicures for a bachelorette party? Do you want your hair done on a certain day so it's perfectly coiffed for formal night? Are you yearning for a couples massage to celebrate your anniversary? Book before your cruise to make sure there's enough availability.

Otherwise, it could benefit you to wait until you've crossed the gangway. On port days when everyone is ashore, spas often try to draw people in by discounting treatments received on those days. They might also offer specials or discounts if you book multiple treatments. These offers aren't available in advance.

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Although only a few cruise lines — Royal Caribbean International , Norwegian Cruise Line , MSC Cruises and Virgin Voyages — require passengers to make free reservations for nightly entertainment, only Royal Caribbean and NCL allow reservations in advance of boarding.

For certain shows like Royal Caribbean's comedy shows and AquaTheater productions, as well as Norwegian's Broadway performances and Virgin Voyages' dinner theater, it's crucial to reserve seats. Otherwise, there is a very real possibility you'll end up not being able to see them. Despite multiple performances per sailing, seating can be limited.

(Tip: If you forget to reserve, show up 15 minutes ahead of time. This is when ships often release any reserved seats that haven't been claimed, meaning there could be room for you at the last minute.)

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Are you celebrating something special on board? If you're in need of anniversary flowers, a graduation cake or birthday decorations for your travel companion, it's best to order them in advance.

If arrangements can't be made online or via your cruise line's app, contact your travel agent or the line directly to make sure they know what you're expecting and that what you need is available.

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All major cruise lines sell packages that can help you save money, alleviate the stress of planning or both. Some of the most common are dining and alcohol packages , as well as internet packages .

The former two are generally a good value for people who drink a lot of soda, fancy coffee or alcohol, or who like to switch up their dining experiences. The last one is essential for anyone looking to stay connected while at sea. Booking any of these in advance could score you some savings versus purchasing the same packages once on your ship.

Less common but still offered are photo packages and wedding packages . It's almost always unnecessary to prebook photos, but wedding packages are only available with advance notice. What they include varies by cruise line, but example offerings might be flowers, a photo package, a ceremony for a set number of people and a few romantic in-cabin amenities like chocolate-covered strawberries and Champagne.

Bottom line

Cruise lines offer lots of add-ons you can book prior to your sailing. In most cases, though, it only pays to do so if you're sure you'd save money by booking early or if your trip would be adversely affected should something not be available to you once you board.

Generally, it's a good idea to make restaurant and shore excursion reservations ahead of time, as well as any special arrangements you might need. Spa treatments and entertainment can often be left until you're on the ship and have a chance to see the daily schedule.

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  1. My Royal Cruise: Pre-Cruise Deals

    Cruise Package Deals onTRAVEL ESSENTIALS. My Royal Cruise is the place to manage your cruise while getting the most out of your travel adventure. Securing reservations and purchasing cruise package deals before you sail lets you score the best savings. Add peace of mind to the mix — and you're ready to book the ultimate cruise vacation with ...

  2. What to Know Before Your Cruise

    CHECK-IN CHECKLIST. Ship name, sailing date and Royal Caribbean reservation number. Passport or proof of citizenship and identification. Home address. Emergency contact name with phone number. Travel plans before and after your cruise. Credit card to use for your onboard expense account.

  3. Does Royal Caribbean Offer pre and post cruise hotels?

    Get support by Phone or Email. 866-562-7625. Email Your Questions. Locate a Travel Agent. Royal Caribbean offers pre and post cruise hotels to guest interested in extending their cruise vacation. Find more information about the pre and post cruise hotels offered by Royal Caribbean.

  4. Royal Caribbean Cruise Planner

    There's so much to experience on a Royal Caribbean International cruise and we want to make sure you make the most of your time with us. Cruise Planner is available to help you pre-plan your vacation right after you've booked your cruise. Now you can plan ahead and reserve shore excursions, book specialty dining, schedule spa treatments and ...

  5. Royal Caribbean announces new way to book a hotel before your cruise

    The new hotels program aims to give cruisers an easy way to lock in a pre- or post-cruise stay. ... Started in 2010, Royal Caribbean Blog offers daily coverage of news and information related to the Royal Caribbean cruise line along with other relevant topics of cruising, such as entertainment, news, photo updates and more. ...

  6. Royal Caribbean pre-cruise sale offers up to 35% off purchases

    A new Royal Caribbean cruise planner sale has begun with savings on pre-cruise purchases. The new sale begins on July 29, and promises up to 35% onboard prices. The sale runs between July 29, 2022 - August 3, 2022 and is valid on sailings departing between August 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023. Here's a look at what sort of discounts you might be ...

  7. Save up to 35% off pre-cruise add-ons with Royal Caribbean's new sale

    Royal Caribbean is offering a discount on cruise add-ons, such as drink packages, shore excursions and more, with its new sale. The Sale Before You Sail begins today, and is valid between September 3, 2021 - September 13, 2021. It applies to all sailings between September 9 - September 30, 2022 (except Spectrum of the Seas and Charter Sailings).

  8. Best hotels near Port Canaveral before the cruise

    Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront. Average nightly pric e: $240 to $400. Address: 1550 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Location: Cocoa Beach. The Hilton Cocoa Beach is the perfect hotel for a pre-cruise stay on the beach in Cape Canaveral. The hotel is just ten minutes away from Port Canaveral and offers oceanfront views and direct beach access.

  9. 10 Things to Do Before Your Next Royal Caribbean Cruise

    Here are ten things we recommend you do before your next Royal Caribbean cruise. 1. Research The Ship. Photo by Royal Caribbean International. Studying and learning about what's on your ship is one of the top tips we recommend to any cruiser. This is especially true when considering the size and numerous activities on Royal Caribbean's ships.

  10. Royal Caribbean Introduces Hotel Booking Engine, Royal Caribbean Hotels

    MIAMI, March 16, 2022 - Today, Royal Caribbean International launched a hotel booking engine to make it easy for vacationers to opt in for additional days of adventure before or after their cruise.Royal Caribbean Hotels, powered by Priceline, offers exclusive rates with thousands of hotels in every Royal Caribbean departure and arrival port, including those in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia ...

  11. Do Pre-cruise Promotional Discounts Ever Change?

    Look at the Diamond level benefits for beverage (adult) purchase discounts (20%), that's what I'm being offered as the discount in "Plan My Cruise" off the Deluxe Beverage Package. 3 Night Dining package is also 20% off, Unlimited Dining is only 15% off, some shore excursions showing as only 10% pre-cruise savings.

  12. Boarding Requirements FAQ

    Find answers to your questions about all the requirements to board a Royal Caribbean Cruise. Find answers to your questions about all the requirements to board a Royal Caribbean Cruise. {{alert.title}} {{notification ... Pre-cruise testing is no longer required to sail on any of our sailings.

  13. When should you buy Royal Caribbean drink package, wifi, tours & other

    Royal Caribbean runs many pre-cruise sales, and even when there's not an active promotion going on, the price of an unlimited drink package is cheaper before the cruise that onboard the ship. You'll find the drink packages available to purchase on Royal Caribbean's Cruise Planner website.

  14. Royal Caribbean Amenities You Should Pre-Book

    Booking certain Royal Caribbean amenities and packages ahead of embarkation can save you big money — up to 40% in some cases. Plus, you can even cancel and rebook those amenities and packages if ...

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    Prepare for your cruise with Royal Caribbean's online boarding documents. You can access your electronic cruise documents (eDocs) from 45 days prior to sailing and print your SetSail Pass for a smooth check-in process. You can also manage your onboard account and preferences through your reservation dashboard. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a hassle-free cruise experience with Royal ...

  16. Pre-Cruise Registration

    Find pre-cruise registration links for all cruise lines. MENU. CONNECT. ... Special Cruise Offers. Royal Caribbean. 60% OFF 2nd Guest + Kids Sail FREE + Specialty Dining for 2 + FREE GRATUITIES or Up to $1,700 Onboard Credit; Norwegian Cruise Line. 70% OFF 2nd Guest + FREE At Sea + BOGO Airfare

  17. Royal Caribbean drink packages, with prices and inclusions

    Royal Caribbean does advertise price drops and deals for pre-cruise purchases. If you're waiting and hoping for a deal, frequent cruisers report that you should look at the actual price per person, per day, not at the percentage off or BOGO deals, to determine if the package price is where you want it.

  18. Royal Caribbean Onboard Credit: How to Get It and Where ...

    Royal Caribbean offers a co-branded Visa credit card with Bank of America that operates on a points-reward system. For every 10,000 points you accrue on purchases with your credit card, you will ...

  19. Plan Your Cruise Vacation Travels

    Royal Caribbean's 2024 cruises offer the perfect Caribbean vacation, bringing you to the region's beaches, culture, history and cuisine. Read more. ... You can pre-purchase airport shuttles, private transfers and even motor-coach travel on bus routes between major cities. When it comes to planning cruise vacations, we've done all the ...

  20. Which cruise ship activities should you book ahead of time?

    The 735-seat, outdoor AquaTheater on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas is home to aerial and water shows. SBW-PHOTO/ROYAL CARIBBEAN Although only a few cruise lines — Royal Caribbean International , Norwegian Cruise Line , MSC Cruises and Virgin Voyages — require passengers to make free reservations for nightly entertainment, only ...

  21. How do I pre-reserve show tickets?

    A. Guests can pre-reserve shows online using My Royal Cruise prior to their sail date. The shows will be available to reserve on the first day of the month before the sailing and guests will be able to view all the shows by date and time, or select the individual show they desire. Entertainment reservations can be made online up to 4 days ...

  22. Guide to pre-cruise Covid test

    Started in 2010, Royal Caribbean Blog offers daily coverage of news and information related to the Royal Caribbean cruise line along with other relevant topics of cruising, such as entertainment, news, photo updates and more. Our goal has been to provide our readers with expansive coverage of all aspects of the Royal Caribbean experience.

  23. I stayed at the InterContinental Miami for a pre-cruise stay

    In preparation for my Royal Caribbean cruise out of Miami, I decided to give the hotel a try. I booked a classic room with one king bed and an ocean view. The total cost (for two guests staying for one night) was $349.17, plus a $37.29 resort fee due upon arrival. I had a late flight and arrived to the hotel's bright glass doors at11:00 P.M.

  24. What are the pre-cruise testing requirements for my cruise?

    Get support by Phone or Email. 866-562-7625. Email Your Questions. Locate a Travel Agent. *Please see all applicable Terms & Conditions for Promotions here . Learn about the pre-cruise testing requirements you need to board a Royal Caribbean Cruise.

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