Two Cruise Lines Adjust The Deposit Requirement For Suites

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Sister cruise lines Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have both made changes to the deposit amount for suites on their ships.

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Celebrity Beyond (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

Effective June 1, 2023, deposits for suites booked on Royal Caribbean and suite bookings in The Retreat on Celebrity will be calculated as 10 percent of the cruise fare per guest. Previously, the deposit was a set amount per person, only variable depending on the length of the cruise — not the cruise fare.

With the new change, if the 10 percent value is less than the current standard deposit amount, the standard amount will be applied.

On Celebrity Cruises, all other deposits for AquaClass, Concierge Class, Veranda, Ocean View, and Inside staterooms remain unchanged.

On Royal Caribbean, deposit requirements for balcony, oceanview, and interior cabins remain unchanged. This policy change applies to all suite categories, including suite guarantees. With the adjustment, Junior Suites will now align with all other suite inventory, and deposits will be nonrefundable for new bookings created on or after June 1st.

If a guest has a discount on their booking, the 10 percent deposit will be calculated based on the cruise fare after all applicable discounts and promotions have been applied.

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Liberty of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

With this adjustment, Junior Suites will now align with all other suite inventory and deposits will be nonrefundable for new bookings created on or after June 1, 2023. At this time, deposit requirements for balcony, oceanview, and interior accommodations will remain unchanged.

Celebrity’s Future Cruise bookings will follow the new program of 10 percent deposit per stateroom. For Book Later bookings, guests will need to pay the additional deposit requirements if their booking is converted into The Retreat.

With Royal Caribbean, all NextCruise suite bookings made on or after June 1st will also follow the new 10 percent deposit rule. Deposits for Junior Suites will now be nonrefundable deposits only and will no longer be reduced.

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