Military Cruise Discounts

I got an email this morning asking me if cruise lines gave military discounts and if so, what are they? Fair enough.

Taking advantage of a military discount is a must if you are or were in the armed forces. Cruise lines often offer discounts up to 50% off the booking rate with proper military ID. You might as well bring the whole family along because the military discounts apply to them too. Some cruise lines even allow you to book up to three rooms with your military discount. On the other hand, some cruise lines don’t give military discounts but will give you a discount in other forms (shore excursions, on board spending, etc.)

You will want to check with the cruise line you plan to sail on but usually the following fall under military discounts:

  • Active or retired military
  • All injured or disabled military personnel
  • Air Force, Marines, Army (including Army National Guard), Navy, and Coast Guard members
  • Military reservists

Sometimes the cruise lines will extend these discounts out to Fire, Police, EMT, and teachers.
There is a lot of companies out there that offer military cruises and packages. It never hurts to call the cruise lines direct either and get information straight from the horses mouth. Google is your friend J

 Once your cruise is booked, it is crucial that you have your military ID, discharge papers, etc….they must be submitted to the cruise line by 24 hours of sailing.

 Hope this helps!

2 Responses

  1. This is a great post…As a Navy veteran ( I was like the guy on JAG…Doctor, Lawyer, Fighter Pilot, etc) I always ask about the military discount. Be sure to also ask about residency discounts…those of us in Florida get great deals!

    Scott Lara

  2. Doug,

    Once you submit your DD214 to a cruise line, it’s on their system permanently and there’s no need to keep repeating the process.


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