Royal Caribbean removes future cruise credit expiration dates

You won’t have to worry about your future unredeemed Royal Caribbean Cruise with Confidence cruise credit expiring.

The change applies to future cruise credits a guest received during the pandemic between 2020 and early 2022.

Effective June 1, 2022, Royal Caribbean announced that all unredeemed Future Cruise Credits (FCCs) offered through the Cruise with Confidence program will no longer expire.

Future Cruise Credits were given to customers as a kind of voucher representing the amount paid for a cruise. Customers either opted to receive them instead of a refund when Royal Caribbean canceled a cruise, or took them when they decided to cancel a cruise reservation during the pandemic.

Prior to today’s announcement, each credit had an expiry date by which it had to be repaid, leading some customers to fear that they would lose the value of their paid money because they could not or do not want to sail before the end of this year. .

Royal Caribbean hopes this change will provide more flexibility for anyone with an FCC, as most FCCs were set to expire at the end of 2022.

A cruise credit issued as part of the suspension of Global Sailing (when Royal Caribbean has canceled the cruise, instead of the guest), the portion of the FCC value that represents 100% of the cruise fare paid on the cruise booking origin will no longer expire.

The additional 25% bonus value, however, will maintain the current expiration date shown on future cruise credit and will remain active until that point.

All other types of FCC remain unchanged and will continue to apply the expiration date shown on the Future Cruise Credit.

The policy change applies not only to Royal Caribbean International, but also to Celebrity Cruises.

How can I redeem my credit?

Royal Caribbean has made it easy to redeem future cruise credit, whether you book directly or through a travel agency.

The easiest way is to let your travel agent use it by providing them with the certificate number and booking ID.

Read more: The Best Things You Didn’t Know Travel Agents Can Do For Your Cruise Vacation

If you’re booking on your own, here’s how to redeem an FCC for a new booking on the Royal Caribbean website:

  1. Find the sail that interests you.
  2. Select your cabin type and location.
  3. Proceed to the payment page.
  4. Enter your payment and personal information.
  5. Enter your future cruise credit number(s).
    • If you are booking multiple staterooms, you can enter your future cruise credit number(s) for each room.
  6. Click “submit”.
  7. You will receive an email telling you if your credit was valid.
    • Any remaining balance of your Future Cruise Credit (FCC) will be reissued to you as a new FCC once your cruise has ended.

Here’s how to exchange existing bookings online:

  1. Visit the redemption page.
  2. Enter your reservation information.
  3. Enter your future cruise credit number(s).
  4. Click “submit”.
  5. You will receive an email telling you if your credit was valid.
    • Any remaining balance of your Future Cruise Credit (FCC) will be reissued to you as a new FCC once your cruise has ended.

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