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MFoxey
July 22nd, 2006, 01:26 PM
Does RCCL give this discount like Carnival does?
Anyone know?

ssatterly
July 22nd, 2006, 01:35 PM
How much of a discount does Carnival give? What other lines DO give retired Mil a discount?
My man was in for 21 years.

linny11
July 22nd, 2006, 01:37 PM
I can't remember how much of a discount Carnival gives but I do remember it was quite a lot. The only thing is that the 3rd and 4th passengers in the cabin actually cost more than if they were booked in a non discounted room.

linny11
July 22nd, 2006, 01:38 PM
What branch was your man in? My man has been in the Air Force for 15 years

ssatterly
July 22nd, 2006, 01:55 PM
Mine was in the Army

piercetc4
July 22nd, 2006, 02:07 PM
i thought i saw a military discount for a royal caribbean cruise somewhere.......could be mistaken-
they may only offer this on certain sailings, not all sailings- kind of like the happy hour specials or something...................
would not hurt to ask.....

ssatterly
July 22nd, 2006, 02:15 PM
I have tried and they act like I don't know what i am talking about

ssatterly
July 22nd, 2006, 03:25 PM
wonder what the Army one is?

cruiser90715
July 22nd, 2006, 03:53 PM
Does RCCL give this discount like Carnival does?
Anyone know?
I just saw this, and maybe you have gotten the answer.
RCI does give Military discounts on certain cruises.
Have your travel agent ask if they are giving one for your cruises.

MrBassBone
July 22nd, 2006, 04:49 PM
What branch was your man in? My man has been in the Air Force for 15 years


Both my wife Barbara and I retired from the US NAVY with 20 years. We retired in 1993.

99florida
July 22nd, 2006, 05:20 PM
I know that the Holland American Line does and they also do for teachers too!

Kuddos to both professions! Protecting our freedom and educating those that take things for granted until they are well informed within our public school systems. \

Tough job for both professions!

Thanks HAL

sunandsalt
July 22nd, 2006, 05:57 PM
Carnival offers significant discounts to veterans, not just active duty. Booked Carnival for January Mexican Riviera cruise because of the discount. I called RCCL and asked if they had a similar discount and was told they do not.

Esmerelda
July 22nd, 2006, 09:14 PM
Yes, Carnival does give military discounts...we got an excellent one last year on our honeymoon cruise in May.

My husband was a Marine (will always be actually, I stand corrected) and my 20 yr old son just graduated boot camp on Friday from Parris Island, SC...another future Marine. (gosh I am so proud..chokes me up to think about it)

The last I asked...RCCL does NOT give any military discounts. I have asked this question at least 3 times and was always told no.

You would think they would but oh well...

Esmerelda

CruznTom
July 22nd, 2006, 09:31 PM
Browe's link explains the policies. They are on selected sailings.

jonmurdock37
July 22nd, 2006, 10:59 PM
Yes, Carnival does give military discounts...we got an excellent one last year on our honeymoon cruise in May.

My husband was a Marine (will always be actually, I stand corrected) and my 20 yr old son just graduated boot camp on Friday from Parris Island, SC...another future Marine. (gosh I am so proud..chokes me up to think about it)

The last I asked...RCCL does NOT give any military discounts. I have asked this question at least 3 times and was always told no.

You would think they would but oh well...

Esmerelda
The thing is, the agents at RCI are just putting in the price codes that show up related to a specific travel agency's telephone number. It's entirely possible to book a military discount and not even realize it--from the RCI agent's perspective, it's just a matter of choosing the lowest code that shows up. There are military rates on certain cruises, but there's no certain dollar off type of discount that's available on every cruise from every travel agency.

Elaine0138
July 23rd, 2006, 02:01 AM
Do these discounts only apply to US military?

PADutchman
July 23rd, 2006, 09:21 AM
Carnival on selected rooms/cruises has the best military prices VS RCI on selected rooms/cruises has the best 55+ prices. RCI military prices are not as good as Carnival military prices. Anyway we never found any, and we look weekly. Limited amount of rooms for each cruise line, book early. We check prices just about every week, Carnival had a 7 day military price for $467.00 for a balcony.:eek: That was for about two weeks then went to $720.00. Its pays to play on the puter. Just never know what is out there. Air is whats going nuts. Sometimes I wish I lived in Florida. Only sometimes. :D

MFoxey
July 23rd, 2006, 10:28 AM
I'll have my TA call on Monday.

Carnival has a military quota on each cruise (Depending on the popularity of that cruise)

First come has the best shot till it is closed.

My Carnival Cruise is closed now but I booked it over a year prior & my TA didn't say anything, maybe at the time it was open. I did get a past passenger rate & I'm satisfied with the price. (although another $100 or so never hurt)

I spoke to Carnival & they said they don't combine the two but the Veterans rate is usually better.

Carnival & RCCL have Stockholder Shipboard Credit of $100 per cabin (for 100 shares or over) which you can get regardless of any other discount. I've used this over a dozen times on all Carnival brands.

beachrus4
July 23rd, 2006, 03:07 PM
Foxey,

Have you noticed an improvement in the Carnival food over the recent years as their marketing as promoted? My last Carnival cruise was 15 or more years ago on the Ecstasy.

MFoxey
July 23rd, 2006, 05:06 PM
Foxey,

Have you noticed an improvement in the Carnival food over the recent years as their marketing as promoted? My last Carnival cruise was 15 or more years ago on the Ecstasy.
We have been on 68 cruises & my wife refused to go on Carnival.
We had to make arrangements to take my family on a spring break cruise about 6 years ago, & the Carnival Victory was the only one that fit everyone's plans.
My wife & the family loved it & we have been on 4 more carnival cruises since then. Also on the Voyager of the Seas which cost 50% more.
I find nothing wrong with food (in fact there are some things that are the best of any ship)
My brother took his family & complained for a year about the food. But went again 2 years later.
My granddaughters are vegetarians so it is a waste of money on that end! , but they never complained...

versley
July 23rd, 2006, 06:28 PM
Everytime we are planning a cruise, I check Rccl. I have yet to find a good deal. It seems that they only give the Military discounts on slow selling cruises or those that are fairly short notice. If you book fairly far in advance, that (early booking) price is usually better than any Military discount. As example, for the Med on Voyager, the Military price for this Oct is more by several hundred dollars pp than I have for next year at the same time, by booking early. The Military rate has not been showing for very long. I guess if you can or want go short notice you might find a deal using the Mil discount.

Carnival is pretty much the opposite. You usually need to book early to get the Military discount. It has been rare that I have not been able to get the discount on any Carnival cruise I wanted. I book early, if it is not available I book anyway and my PVP adjusts the price when the discount becomes available for my cruise.

Colorado Babe
July 24th, 2006, 09:32 AM
I booked my cruise in May for October so I wouldn't say that it was booked at the last minute...RCCL was offering the discount for at least 6 months before the cruise.

Krispy
July 24th, 2006, 12:55 PM
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Does RCCL's discount apply to retirees or active duty only?

kitty

Anyone have the answer to this? Thanks!

ghadler
July 24th, 2006, 02:13 PM
We have a Carnival cruise booked through our travel agent and could not believe we got $500 ea. ($1,000) off for veteran's discount (you only need 2 year's service with honorable discharge). My husband was discharged in 1959. I felt like we won the lottery. My travel agent asked if he had served in the military. We sent her copies of his discharge papers. This is our 11th cruise (only second on Carnival) and this is the first we knew of this discount. I just booked another cruise with the same agent for an RCCL cruise in 2008 and she said RCCL told her they knew nothing of Veteran's discounts. My TA said to wait until the cruise got closer and she would inquire again. Needless to say, I will be looking for a Carnival cruise I like next time I book. Both lines are very similar!

PS: The cruise that has the veteran's discount is for a suite...originally $3,526 for both of us and was reduced to $2,526!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ghadler
July 24th, 2006, 06:11 PM
I know. I have been to that website, and it is very clear. Apparently, Carnival is the only cruiseline that gives discounts to "veterans." You do not have to be active or retired; you just have to have served a minimum of two years with an honorable discharge. All the other cruiselines give discounts only to those who are active now or who have retired from the military!

CruznTom
July 26th, 2006, 11:43 PM
Royal Caribbean offers military discounts to active, reserve and retired members of the U.S. military. Qualifying military personnel must present a photocopy of current military ID at the time of booking.

CRUISENAV8R
July 27th, 2006, 08:44 AM
Long time lurker, first post.....

I don't think you can post any websites, but you can find military discounts be going to a popular cruise site with the initials VTG, there is a link on the left side of the page.

If you know anything about interline rates, often the military rates are the same as those. Your friends in the travel business should know about interline rates. However, while most cruise lines offer interline rates, fewer offer military rates. If you read this board, it is true that Carnival probably offers the best rates, and has a lot more sailings available than anyone else.

Both RCI and Celebrity offer military rates, but you almost have to be looking for the rates every day. Inside the penalty window is usually best. If you were lucky enough to be able to drop everything, and go to Harwich, you could have scored a balcony for under $1K for the 12 night Northern Europe cruise a couple of weeks ago. It was $3K+ for everyone else. Note, if you book a military rate, I don't think you can combine it with your platinum/diamond discount, and cannot use the cruise air package, but ask, as the rules may have changed.

Carnival Corp offers military discounts on Carnival and HAL, but I have not seen them on their other ships. NCL, MSC and Orient also offer selected discounts.

One last item, I tried to book a military rate with my long time TA, and he could not get the military rate. However, SATO was able to get the rate. Not sure why, but every company has their own rules. And it never hurts to ask! Maybe the rules on that have changed also, as I have not been able to find a cruise lately with a military discount that fits my schedule.

Good luck..............