5 Ways to Get Discounts on Your Next Cruise to Nowhere, Lifestyle News


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Your next vacation at sea doesn’t have to pay a heavy price. Here are five ways to get discounts and rebates.

If you fancy leaving Singapore right now, the indefinite moratorium on pleasure air travel means that a cruise is your most realistic option.

In October 2020, the STB gave the green light to Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises to offer cruises to nowhere, operated under strict safety distancing measures and Covid-19 testing regimes. The good news is that apart from one infamous false alarm in December, the departures have so far been unforgettable.

Before you rush out and make a reservation, however, it’s a good idea to do some research on ways to avoid paying full price. Here are five ways to get a discount or discount on your cruise to nowhere.

1.HSBC: 5% discount on Royal Caribbean cruises

HSBC is offering a year-round benefit throughout 2021 on Royal Caribbean cruises, where cardholders can enjoy 5% off the rate of a balcony or deluxe cabin reservation.

This offer must be booked directly with Royal Caribbean through the following channels:

  • Meet at their office at 3 Anson Road, # 13-02 Springleaf Tower
  • Call +65 63050033
  • Send an email to [email protected]

Please note that it will not be possible to book this offer through the Royal Caribbean website. If you want to book a specific cabin, you can make a dummy booking on the website to browse the selection and then specify the cabin you want when you email Royal Caribbean.

Pro Tip: The HSBC Revolution will earn the equivalent of 4 miles per dollar on cruise bookings, so this would be my card of choice for this offer.

2. AIA Vitality: Up to 50% off Royal Caribbean cruises

No, it’s not a typo. AIA Vitality members can enjoy up to 50% off Royal Caribbean cruise fares, although they will have to work very hard to get the maximum discount.

As many of you may know, AIA has a program called Vitality, which rewards members who achieve certain health and fitness goals. Members can rise through the ranks by doing health checkups, exercising and purchasing healthy foods.

One of the perks of membership is an annual cruise discount, which ranges from 10-50% depending on your Vitality level.

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Even if you don’t see yourself reaching Platinum level (50% off), the entry-level Bronze level still gives you 10% off the fare, which more than pays its $ 8 membership fee. $ per month.

The Vitality subscription can be terminated at any time without penalty, so you can even subscribe for a month, take advantage of the discount, and then discontinue your subscription the following month.

To take advantage of the AIA Vitality discount, reservations must be made through the Royal Caribbean sales office ([email protected]). A copy of your electronic card must be provided and a minimum of two travelers must be booked.

3. Buy through Klook and use promo codes

Klook currently sells Dream Cruise and Royal Caribbean packages. These are usually the same price as those bought through the official website, but Klook has one big advantage: promo codes and Klook credits.

Promo codes can be used to reduce the official price by a few dollars. For example, in the screenshot below, I am booking a Royal Caribbean cruise which normally costs $ 1,524.

However, I can use a $ 35 Klook promo code for DBS customers (DBSLF35 or KLOOKTHTALTITUDE, valid for DBS LiveFresh and DBS Altitude cardholders respectively) to reduce the price to $ 1,489.

It’s not a phenomenal discount, but hey, every penny saved …

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Klook promo codes are dynamic and will change from month to month. For the latest list of codes, see The Klook blog.

Since the purchases are made on the Klook platform, you will also be able to use any Klook credits that you have accumulated from previous purchases.

As a reminder, Klook users receive 1-5 percent of the activity price in Klook credits, which can be redeemed at a rate of 10 credits (equivalent to $ 0.17 – the odd exchange rate is because Klook is based in Hong Kong, and is based on 1 Hong Kong dollar).

4. Redeem a cruise with your KrisFlyer miles

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This is currently not an option, but in January Singapore Airlines offered 3 nights “sessions” on dream cruises for just 6,000 KrisFlyer miles.

This included a cabin with balcony that could accommodate two passengers (an additional cash payment of $ 123 for port fees and tips was required per passenger).

For context, it takes 7,500 KrisFlyer miles for a one-way trip from Singapore to Bali in economy class, so 6,000 miles for a 3-night cruise where all your meals and entertainment are already covered is a fantastic deal. So fantastic, the packages sold out within hours of launch.

It remains to be seen if Singapore Airlines adds new departure dates, but given the huge response the first time around, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

5. Make a reservation at a physical travel agency

In a world where travel reservations are made almost entirely online, why the hell would you want to visit a physical travel agent? It’s pretty simple, actually: the mall rewards points.

By shopping at travel agencies located inside CapitaLand shopping centers, Far Eastern shopping centers Where Fraser Shopping Centers, you will be able to accumulate loyalty points which can then be exchanged for vouchers.

For example, the CapitaStar rewards program gives $ 5 STAR for every $ 1 spent, and every $ 5,000 STAR gives you a $ 5 voucher.

That’s the equivalent of a 0.5% rebate. Truth be told, it doesn’t change your life, but it can really be a big ticket expense like a cruise.

Here is the actual discount offered by the different programs:

  • CapitaStars: 0.5%
  • ShopFarEast: 1%
  • Frasers Experience: 0.5%

Conclusion

Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises recently extended their sailing schedules until the end of June 2021, which means options for a getaway during the June school holidays, at the very least.

While I hope leisure travel options open up for Singaporeans in the second half of 2021 (especially with the vaccine rolling out), a cruise to nowhere may help sate some of those cravings. to travel in the meantime.

This article first appeared in SingSaver.com.sg.

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