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The big advantage is double cabin credits based on the length of your cruise and the category of cabin you want. There is also a reduced deposit (unless you book a nonrefundable cruise or one that gives a special reduced rate for full payment at the time of booking). We always book onboard for those benefits, and HAL already knows our TA, so the booking is automatically transferred to the TA, who also provides additional OBC.

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You can also purchase future cruise deposits. These work for a reduced deposit on future cruises and if you don't use them in 4 years you get a refund. We always have several "in the bank"

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If you have booked the cruise you are on through a travel agency, the new booking will automatically go to that agency unless you specify otherwise. So if you want to change agencies be sure to let the FCC know.

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As others have written: Some additional OBC, reduced deposit (and get a refundable one in case you find a price drop), and it's transferrable to your TA. When we booked on board the price was the same as we found on-line.

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We booked a 28 day cruise on the Eurodam for March 9, 2019. We booked it while onboard the Westerdam in Oct. 2017. We booked a veranda cabin, so the standard onboard credit was $150 P/P for a cruise of this length in a Veranda. Because we booked onboard and paid the reduced, refundable deposit of $300 P/P , our cabin credits were doubled to $300 per person, and we also received a CLIA $100 P/P booking promotion. When we got home, we transferred the booking to our TA, and she got us an additional $50 per P/P credit, plus prepaid gratuities (value of $756 for both of us) and a $25 P/P beverage card. We intend to purchase the signature beverage package just before the cruise, so the $50 combined beverage card will buy us a nice bottle of wine.

 

We always do a firm cruise booking of something (refundable) while onboard, different than a future cruise deposit. Then, later, if we change our minds, the deposit is refundable or transferable to another cruise. As long as the number of days and cabin class remain within the guidelines, you keep the double onboard cabin credits.

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There are no double cabin credits for FCC, there is double OBC. The only double “cabin credits” are the double mariner credits for suites,

 

Thanks for clearing that up, cabinluv -- I was getting excited imagining the time I would spend going through the cruise catalog with my eye on that fourth star!

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Have not be on HAL in a few years!! Is there an advantage to book onboard???

 

 

For us, the answer is "yes", as we are more interested in getting the stateroom we want than we are in getting the lowest price for a cruise.

 

Can you transfer to TA??

 

Yes - in fact the onboard Cruise Consultant asks us when we do the booking. And we have never had a problem in getting the booking transferred to our TA"back home".

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