Cruise Line Offer Honors Vets more than ever

Cruise lines appreciate the military and in honor of Memorial Day have some extra values just for them…and up to about 11 of their friends.

Carnival is bringing back its juiced-up version of the Military Discount they offer on every ship and every sailing. (see details below)  Far from sailing, it usually is down at the bottom of pricing options, about a step higher than the Early Saver Fare, guaranteed to be lowest by the cruise line.

Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines also offer a military discount but it is more on the lines of a Senior discount or Resident discount, one aimed at filling unsold berths.  You won’t find it far in advance of sailing , more close-in and not as generous. Still, the effort is noted and appreciated.

Princess Cruises is in the game on all ships, and all sailings, too, with an onboard credit program for active and retired military personnel.  With Princess’ program, you get an onboard credit ranging from $50 to $250 per stateroom, depending on the length of the cruise, and is open to both United States and Canadian forces.  A recent post on Princess’ new blog, 50 Essential Experiences,  by Princess President and CEO Alan Buckelew prompted the line to action.

As mentioned earlier, Carnival Cruise Lines is honoring Memorial Day by offering a promotion throughout May that allows active and former military personnel to book up to three “Fun Ship” staterooms at discounted rates for themselves and their friends and family members.

Here are the details you need to know:

  • Reservations must be made between May 1-31, 2012, to qualify for this special offer, which is available in conjunction with a variety of three- to eight-day “Fun Ship” departures through April 30, 2014, including voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.
  • The promotion is valid for individual bookings only. Military personnel must provide proof of service. Eligible military personnel must sail to take advantage of this offer.  Certain other restrictions apply.
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