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Is it worthwhile booking future cruises with Princess when onboard? Is there generally any benefits/special offers rather than booking before or after at home?

 

Basically, if I want to book a cruise should I wait an book it when on my next cruise or won't it matter that much?

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36 minutes ago, Snaxmuppet said:

Is it worthwhile booking future cruises with Princess when onboard? Is there generally any benefits/special offers rather than booking before or after at home?

 

Basically, if I want to book a cruise should I wait an book it when on my next cruise or won't it matter that much?

It is worth it to purchase Future Cruise Deposits (FCD's), $100 each. They are good for two years and in the past they were fully refundable if not used. I say in the past because anything can change. When used you will received OBC based on the cabin you book and the length of the cruise. Example, a 10day cruise in a balcony cabin or above gets you $50/pp OBC. Once home you have time to search for cruises and promos. If you book a cruise on board you receive the same benefits, $100 deposit and OBC as you would using the FCD. FCD's are individual. If you are a couple then you need to purchase one in each person's name. Both will receive the $100 deposit benefit, as opposed to the full deposit, and both will receive the OBC. Once in a while there are some on board specials, but in all my Princess cruises I did not seen many. OBC received will be stackable to other OBC you may have.

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1 hour ago, skynight said:

It is worth it to purchase Future Cruise Deposits (FCD's), $100 each. They are good for two years and in the past they were fully refundable if not used. I say in the past because anything can change. When used you will received OBC based on the cabin you book and the length of the cruise. Example, a 10day cruise in a balcony cabin or above gets you $50/pp OBC. Once home you have time to search for cruises and promos. If you book a cruise on board you receive the same benefits, $100 deposit and OBC as you would using the FCD. FCD's are individual. If you are a couple then you need to purchase one in each person's name. Both will receive the $100 deposit benefit, as opposed to the full deposit, and both will receive the OBC. Once in a while there are some on board specials, but in all my Princess cruises I did not seen many. OBC received will be stackable to other OBC you may have.

You know a thing or two yourself!  (refers to another thread post😉

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IMHO it is a very small incentive. If you wait a year to book and then book a year out are you comfortable with them having you money for small OBC. It used to be $100 FCC=$100 OBC, now it's anywhere from $25 to $100 depending on the length of the cruise.  I just used my last one on a 5 day cruise and got $25 OBC after Princess holding my $100 for over 2 years. You can decide what you're comfortable with, I think it's a poor investment. 

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2 hours ago, Snaxmuppet said:

Is it worthwhile booking future cruises with Princess when onboard? Is there generally any benefits/special offers rather than booking before or after at home?

 

Basically, if I want to book a cruise should I wait an book it when on my next cruise or won't it matter that much?

As Skynight says Future Cruise Deposit, the cost is £75 for each deposit.  My husband and I always buy in multiples of two as we use them to cover both of our deposits on future cruises. 

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@Snaxmuppet: there are occasional "sales" that are offered during a cruise. The info is available at the office where the Future Cruise person is located (can't recall the official title). We've seen it once (but we don't generally look for it). 

IMHO: the sale is offered for poorly booked cruises trying to get more bookings. IIRC the fare was a little lower and there was a nice OBC along with it.

YMMV

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2 hours ago, skynight said:

It is worth it to purchase Future Cruise Deposits (FCD's), $100 each. They are good for two years and in the past they were fully refundable if not used. I say in the past because anything can change. When used you will received OBC based on the cabin you book and the length of the cruise. Example, a 10day cruise in a balcony cabin or above gets you $50/pp OBC. Once home you have time to search for cruises and promos. If you book a cruise on board you receive the same benefits, $100 deposit and OBC as you would using the FCD. FCD's are individual. If you are a couple then you need to purchase one in each person's name. Both will receive the $100 deposit benefit, as opposed to the full deposit, and both will receive the OBC. Once in a while there are some on board specials, but in all my Princess cruises I did not seen many. OBC received will be stackable to other OBC you may have.

absolutely. I always have enough to get me thru to my next cruise 

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1 hour ago, cruzsnooze said:

IMHO it is a very small incentive. If you wait a year to book and then book a year out are you comfortable with them having you money for small OBC. It used to be $100 FCC=$100 OBC, now it's anywhere from $25 to $100 depending on the length of the cruise.  I just used my last one on a 5 day cruise and got $25 OBC after Princess holding my $100 for over 2 years. You can decide what you're comfortable with, I think it's a poor investment. 

Not very small at all. A typical 7 night cruise in a balcony cabin requires a minimum deposit of $500 for two. If you book using FCD's then the deposit is $200 plus you receive some OBC. Bottom line they hold your $100/pp plus you receive some OBC, or they hold $250/pp with no OBC. At current interest rates if you hold the $100 it will maybe yield you around 75 cents a year.

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3 hours ago, Snaxmuppet said:

Is it worthwhile booking future cruises with Princess when onboard? Is there generally any benefits/special offers rather than booking before or after at home?

 

Basically, if I want to book a cruise should I wait an book it when on my next cruise or won't it matter that much?


I always buy a couple of FCD on-board, but do not book the cruise until I am home. Never was offered a better fare or invent on the ship. My friends who book suites say otherwise for them 

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1 hour ago, cruzsnooze said:

IMHO it is a very small incentive. If you wait a year to book and then book a year out are you comfortable with them having you money for small OBC. It used to be $100 FCC=$100 OBC, now it's anywhere from $25 to $100 depending on the length of the cruise.  I just used my last one on a 5 day cruise and got $25 OBC after Princess holding my $100 for over 2 years. You can decide what you're comfortable with, I think it's a poor investment. 

 

Thanks for this. I was confused when I started reading because I thought it was $100 period but your post clears it up for me as I haven't been keeping up on all of the changes.

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10 minutes ago, skynight said:

Not very small at all. A typical 7 night cruise in a balcony cabin requires a minimum deposit of $500 for two. If you book using FCD's then the deposit is $200 plus you receive some OBC. Bottom line they hold your $100/pp plus you receive some OBC, or they hold $250/pp with no OBC. At current interest rates if you hold the $100 it will maybe yield you around 75 cents a year.

 

I was not aware that an FCD constitutes the entire deposit in full.  So just to reiterate, even if the normal cash booking deposit would be $500 in your example, If I cruised solo, I would only have to put up one FCD of a $100 as my deposit in full?

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1 hour ago, CineGraphic said:

I remember once, that they were offering double OBC on certain sailings if they were booked while on board with the future cruise consultant, but that was at least 8 years ago.

That was about the only time I did book a trip aboard the ship.

I believe it was on the Grand Princess. 

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2 hours ago, CarelessAndConfused said:

 

I was not aware that an FCD constitutes the entire deposit in full.  So just to reiterate, even if the normal cash booking deposit would be $500 in your example, If I cruised solo, I would only have to put up one FCD of a $100 as my deposit in full?

Depends on the category. Booking a suite it does not constitute the full deposit. 

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Thanks everyone. This adds a new consideration when booking ahead. We have 2 cruises booked... one for September this year and one for April next year and we are considering booking April 2023 so this is great info. 🙂 

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1 hour ago, cruzsnooze said:

Depends on the category. Booking a suite it does not constitute the full deposit. 

That is not correct. I booked a suite for a 5 day Cabo cruise and the only "$" that I've used is the FCDs.

 

Maybe you're thinking of World Cruise bookings. You can't use FCDs, so they give you a discount on the deposit.

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1 hour ago, cruzsnooze said:

Depends on the category. Booking a suite it does not constitute the full deposit. 

That is not correct. I booked a suite for a 5 day Cabo cruise and the only "$" that I've used is the FCDs.

 

Maybe you're thinking of World Cruise bookings. You can't use FCDs, so they give you a discount on the deposit.

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5 hours ago, CarelessAndConfused said:

 

I was not aware that an FCD constitutes the entire deposit in full.  So just to reiterate, even if the normal cash booking deposit would be $500 in your example, If I cruised solo, I would only have to put up one FCD of a $100 as my deposit in full?

Yes, this is correct, and you receive OBC when the FCD is used. Here are the details and the exception 

Upon making your new booking, the appropriate shipboard credit will be applied.* Future Cruise Length

Per Person Shipboard Credit*

17 - 44 Days

$125 Inside, $125 Outside, $150 Balcony, $150 Suite

11 - 16 Days

$75 Inside, $75 Outside, $100 Balcony, $100 Suite

7 - 10 Days

$25 Inside, $25 Outside, $50 Balcony, $50 Suite

 

Reduced deposit and onboard credits do not apply to bookings 45+ days. The reduced deposit requirement for these bookings may vary based on booking dates, and a fare discount of 3% is provided. 

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Yes, if you book a cruise as a solo, you only have to put down one (1) FCD, regardless of stateroom category (suites included).

 

Yes, it is worth more than money in the bank.  Minimum OBC is $25 for cruises 7 days or longer.  That's a 25% return on your money in less than 2 years.  I don't know of any savings account that pays that well.

 

Yes, if you place a reservations with an FCD, then your cabin mate will only be charged $100 deposit if they do not have FCC.  But they will not receive any OBC for a cash/cc deposit.

 

As for booking while on a cruise, ONLY if it is refundable deposit AND if new itineraries open up while I am away so that I can get first dibs on my favorite staterooms.  I then transfer it to my TA.  Princess has it on record who my TA is...Unfortunately, it is a little more difficult to make transfers now.  Used to be as simple as a phone call.  

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How would this work if you want to wait to get casino offers? Would it be beneficial?

 I’m doing a November 2021 cruise and have never looked into booking on board or purchasing FCD before. I don’t even really know how they work.

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16 minutes ago, traceytd said:

How would this work if you want to wait to get casino offers? Would it be beneficial?

 I’m doing a November 2021 cruise and have never looked into booking on board or purchasing FCD before. I don’t even really know how they work.

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Below is the full terms. FCD's may be excluded under the clause which is highlighted. You would have to ask when the offer is made.

"* This letter has been issued from the Future Cruise Sales Department for a Future Cruise Deposit (“FCD”) in the amount specified above. The
FCD is available to use on new future bookings only and is non-transferable. The FCD currency is non-changeable. The FCD is combinable with most publicly offered fares and promotions. The FCD will be automatically refunded if not applied to a new booking created within two years from date of purchase. Once applied to a booking the FCD is considered money and is subject to booking terms and conditions in the Passage contract. Only one FCD per person applied to a booking will provide shipboard credit. Shipboard credit is nonrefundable and only applicable to each FCD purchased and applies to the holder of the FCD only, excluding 3rd and 4th berth guests. Shipboard credit is based on the ship’s onboard currency and is not redeemable for cash. FCDs do not apply to bookings on Charter voyages. Reduced deposit and onboard credits do not apply to bookings 45+ days. The reduced deposit requirement for these bookings may vary based on booking dates, and a fare discount of 3% is provided. To make your next booking, please contact your Travel Agent, or Princess Cruises at 1-800-PRINCESS."

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4 hours ago, cruzsnooze said:
7 hours ago, CarelessAndConfused said:

 

I was not aware that an FCD constitutes the entire deposit in full.  So just to reiterate, even if the normal cash booking deposit would be $500 in your example, If I cruised solo, I would only have to put up one FCD of a $100 as my deposit in full?

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Depends on the category. Booking a suite it does not constitute the full deposit

Just used my last one and it covered the deposit in full, 50 OBC, + 60 PVP OBC. So I'm out a FCD on a cruise that is iffy + 110 OBC + 100 Shareholders to lock in my preferred room. $0 additional out of pocket. 

 

I'll buy another one onboard 

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Rhetorical question:  How many passengers are trying to get on a cruise JUST to purchase more FCD's.

 

Me + 1

 

I've been forced to reserve 2 cruises without any more FCDs... cash deposits..... boo hoo

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2 hours ago, skynight said:

Below is the full terms. FCD's may be excluded under the clause which is highlighted. You would have to ask when the offer is made.

"* This letter has been issued from the Future Cruise Sales Department for a Future Cruise Deposit (“FCD”) in the amount specified above. The
FCD is available to use on new future bookings only and is non-transferable. The FCD currency is non-changeable. The FCD is combinable with most publicly offered fares and promotions. The FCD will be automatically refunded if not applied to a new booking created within two years from date of purchase. Once applied to a booking the FCD is considered money and is subject to booking terms and conditions in the Passage contract. Only one FCD per person applied to a booking will provide shipboard credit. Shipboard credit is nonrefundable and only applicable to each FCD purchased and applies to the holder of the FCD only, excluding 3rd and 4th berth guests. Shipboard credit is based on the ship’s onboard currency and is not redeemable for cash. FCDs do not apply to bookings on Charter voyages. Reduced deposit and onboard credits do not apply to bookings 45+ days. The reduced deposit requirement for these bookings may vary based on booking dates, and a fare discount of 3% is provided. To make your next booking, please contact your Travel Agent, or Princess Cruises at 1-800-PRINCESS."

Thanks for taking the time to reply. Much appreciated 😊

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