|We can help you navigate through the different
cruise line Bonus Extra offers, tell you what free amenities to go for. Show you what to avoid.
Guide you to where to get your money's worth.
In today's market, price is not the only decision to make when deciding to
book a cruise. Consumers are looking for more. So many cruise lines these days offer Bonus
Europe Cruises or
For many consumers the price of a cruise is still not low enough to
fit their budget, so the list of Bonus Extra's offered grows higher and higher
Bonus Extra's for passengers are now the norm for cruise lines to help
encourage them to book a particular sailing. Prepaid gratuities and shipboard
credits are among the most popular value-added amenities with people who cruise today.
| The Most Popular Bonus Extra's...
Reduced deposit or no deposit required
Onboard spending credit
Reduced or free air
Kids sail free or at a reduced rate
Reduced rate on third and fourth person in cabin
Up to $1,000-per-person book-now savings
Free shore excursion (s)
Reduced or free beverage package
Reduced or free Internet service
No Single supplement
Free cabin category upgrades
Discounts on a future cruise
Free specialty restaurant dining
Free spa treatments
Say Alaska and a variety of images
and impressions come to mind:
towering mountains, watchable
wildlife, icy blue glaciers, endless
wilderness, vibrant Native culture,
leaping salmon, hardy outdoors;
America's last frontier.
Looking to Book A Cruise?
Perhaps a reduced deposit, free gratuities or onboard spending credits, are
what you want. No matter what, just about everyone who sails today gets
Perhaps the promise of a reduced deposit may spark your decision to book or
will it take a
two-category upgrade. This popular Bonus Extra promotion of a cabin upgrade offers greater value
for you depending on whatever the difference the fare is between the two cabin
And, who doesn't like some onboard spending credit; free money you can apply
to things you purchase onboard; like photos, gifts, shore excursions or spa
treatments. For example, your party of 4 wants to take a helicopter ride and
land on glacier in Alaska. With some onboard spending credit for each of you,
all of you may be able to
do it and not break the budget.
For cruise travelers, the offer of getting some Bonus Extras has several
benefits. But be on the lookout, not every deal is a real deal.
For example, a $799 price for an Alaska cruise might not be as good as a $899
price for another, if the second offer also includes a dinner in a specialty
restaurant, a reduced deposit and $300 onboard spending credits. In this
case, you save more, even though the base price of the cruise is more!
How to get the best Bonus Extra deal?
Make sure Bonus Extra promotions are combinable with other offers. This way,
you get the most bang for your buck! Don't book into a bait-and-switch
promotion. Make sure the Bonus Extra offer allows it to be combined with the
best price for your cabin you can get.
Do the math. Check and make sure many of the free items are not just built
into the cruise price.
Some Bonus Extra's are not that appealing. For example, a free beverage package
has limited use, If you're not a frequent bar visitor. That beverage package may
no be worth that much to you, compared to other offers.
Look for Combination offers. Celebrity Cruises' 123Go! promotion, offers
passengers a choose among a list of Bonus Extra's; free gratuities, a beverage
package, a $300 onboard credit or airfare savings of up to $600. You get to
choose which is more important to you. Princess Cruises has a similar Bonus
Extra's promotion, 3 for Free, or choose Holland America Line's Explore 4.
Norwegian Cruise Line bundles their Ultimate Dining and Ultimate Beverage
packages with Internet minutes.
For many cruise travelers the added value of Bonus Extra's helps stretch their budget,
so while they are on offer, get yours.