On the fence about final payment for December cruise in Royal Caribbean International Posted September 14, 2020 I had a cruise booked on Royal for this December, but only put down the initial down payment (of which I requested a refund for due to the pandemic and received a future cruise credit). After what happened earlier this year with trying to get a refund back from Carnival, there was no way I was going to pay everything again upfront. As of right now, that cruise is still scheduled to take place. Like most people, if I rebook it, it’ll be a last minute thing, which is fine. I really would like to go, but don’t want to book something that might yet still be cancelled.