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I was just wondering if there is a real discount given for age 55 and over when you book. My next cruise to book will be in 2021 and I will be turning 55. Planning to book an Alaskan cruise and need all the breaks I can get! I have done mock bookings but the price doesn't change when I tried selecting "55 and over". Just curious...:)

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Not really.

Cruise lines advertise the discount but only on select (their selection) sailings only.

When you get ready to book, you'll be asked your age and if you were in military, and what State you live in, etc. If any of those discounts are applicable (95% of the time they are not), they will be applied.

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I see the senior rate often. I only see it show up two to three months before the cruise. It is always a guarantee rate.

 

In November 2015, I booked the senior rate for my cruise in February 2016. I was able to choose my room. I haven't seen the version that lets you choose your room since.

 

Carnival still has the terms for both versions on their site.

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Thanks. I plan to book as soon as they are list for that summer. I know they book up fast. Oh well.

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I was just wondering if there is a real discount given for age 55 and over when you book. My next cruise to book will be in 2021 and I will be turning 55. Planning to book an Alaskan cruise and need all the breaks I can get! I have done mock bookings but the price doesn't change when I tried selecting "55 and over". Just curious...:)

 

My husband is 10 1/2 years older than me. I tried booking our cruise with his VIFP number and mine. He did get a discount that I didn't get so we went with his pricing.

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The only senior specials they have are last minute deals where the cruise is within the next 1, 2 or 3 months. This is for people who are retired with extra cash and can getaway on a cruise whenever they feel like it.

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I never see the 55+ discount until it gets very close to sailing, then it's generally a "guarantee" rate. But the prices are reasonably discounted if you can hold off to book your cruise until the last minute.

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My next cruise to book will be in 2021 and I will be turning 55.

 

You actually have to be 55+ at the time of booking. Not the time of the sailing.

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They’re rarely high season or popular cruises.

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We just did real well on the Magic. We booked 90 days out on a senior guarantee balcony. Saved about 300 dollars! We were assigned mid-ship cove. Just what we wanted.

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We just did real well on the Magic. We booked 90 days out on a senior guarantee balcony. Saved about 300 dollars! We were assigned mid-ship cove. Just what we wanted.

Good for you! Good location and good cabin. Love the cove balconies.

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I was just wondering if there is a real discount given for age 55 and over when you book. My next cruise to book will be in 2021 and I will be turning 55. Planning to book an Alaskan cruise and need all the breaks I can get! I have done mock bookings but the price doesn't change when I tried selecting "55 and over". Just curious...:)

Have never had a discount for senior.

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On Carnival you can save 10% when you buy the AARP gift cards. You do not have to be 55 or a member to buy.

 

I recently bought 16 $500 gift cards for our family Alaska cruise in June of 2019. It cost $450 (plus postage) and 5,000 AARP points for a $500 Carnival gift card. Points are easy to earn. I used the gift cards to pay off the balance on three cabins and had $7.60 left over. I plan to buy more for service charges, pictures and excursions.

 

I learned about this from the "Cruise Critic" community.

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Wow. Thanks for all the info. Probably wont be able to take advantage on the next cruise I book but hopefully not too far down the road. I'm a planner and its hard for me not to book well in advance. ;p

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My experience is different than you all. Like I said, I tried booking with my number and with hubby's (who is over 55) and he got a discount. And I booked over a year in advance.

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I use a large on line travel agent.

 

I was curious so I just went into the site, selected 55+ discount and selected Caribbean (all). The site has various cruise lines with dates out to April 2020 that offer 55+ discounts.

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On Carnival you can save 10% when you buy the AARP gift cards. You do not have to be 55 or a member to buy.

 

I recently bought 16 $500 gift cards for our family Alaska cruise in June of 2019. It cost $450 (plus postage) and 5,000 AARP points for a $500 Carnival gift card. Points are easy to earn. I used the gift cards to pay off the balance on three cabins and had $7.60 left over. I plan to buy more for service charges, pictures and excursions.

 

I learned about this from the "Cruise Critic" community.

Where did you go to purchase the AARP gift cards?

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I was just wondering if there is a real discount given for age 55 and over when you book. My next cruise to book will be in 2021 and I will be turning 55. Planning to book an Alaskan cruise and need all the breaks I can get! I have done mock bookings but the price doesn't change when I tried selecting "55 and over". Just curious...:)

 

 

Depends on whether they have a promo for 55 & over that cruise. About the only promos available on all sailings are things like military/ past guest/interline at least with Carnival Cruise Line. They vary by cruise line /ship / sail date.

You can sign up for emails to get specials with most cruise lines.

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Honestly I only remember pricing one cruise in the past that actually showed a senior rate. Most of the time I don't see it changing the pricing any.

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No, I don't think the check box for 55+ even works. It's just a decoration.
It works, but you are only likely to see 55+ discounts on last minute sailings, three months out or less. And not all of those.

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I was just wondering if there is a real discount given for age 55 and over when you book. My next cruise to book will be in 2021 and I will be turning 55. Planning to book an Alaskan cruise and need all the breaks I can get! I have done mock bookings but the price doesn't change when I tried selecting "55 and over". Just curious...:)

 

HAHA.....no. I'm 56.

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