Securing your cruise reservation with a deposit is a crucial step in your travel planning process. Putting down a deposit on your reservation tells the cruise line you are serious about sailing with them. This deposit allows you to lock in your rate, as well as secure any promotional offerings, such as onboard credit, that are in effect when booking your reservation. It also allows you to go ahead and choose your cabin if you so desire.

Since Covid, cruise lines are giving customers the option of either refundable or non-refundable deposits. As with most choices nowadays, these two options come with both pros and cons. Here's what this could mean for you.

Refundable Deposit

Opting for a refundable deposit is an ideal choice for travelers who prefer an element of flexibility in their travel, permitting you to alter your plans should the need arise. On the flip side, refundable deposits come with a not insignificant cost. Depending on the price and length of the cruise, choosing a refundable deposit option could add $500 or more to the cost of your cruise.

Non-refundable Deposit

Contrastingly, non-refundable deposits align perfectly with those whose plans are rock-solid and who desire to lock in the best possible price for their seafaring adventure. In almost every case, going with a non-refundable deposit will save money on the price of your cruise. The downside is the name. The deposit is non-refundable. However, taking a page from the airlines, if you have to cancel your reservation they will you the option of transferring your deposit to a new reservation at a cost of $100/person.

Still a little confused? That's ok. I am happy to discuss all your options and help you determine which type of deposit would be best for you. Click here to reach out and ask me any questions. Remember, I'm here to help you make the most of your cruise experience!

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