With the holidays upon us, many people are searching for that perfect gift, often turning to gift cards for an easy, flexible solution. If you have someone who loves cruising or know of someone who recently booked their first cruise vacation, a gift card might a good option that allows them to apply the funds as they see fit, whether that be for the base fare or add-ons.
Although shipping gift cards at this stage may be risky for delivery before the holidays, most can be purchased online, and a few like Disney and Carnival are sold through retail outlets. A lifesaver for those last minute shoppers.
Before purchasing a cruise line gift card, there are some important points to know. Gift card features and benefits vary among the major cruise lines, so it is a good idea to take a moment to carefully review what is being purchased to determine if it is the right gift.
For those looking to provide a flexible gift for those sailing onboard Norwegian Cruise Line, you can still purchase onboard credit certificates, which can be used for restaurants, spa treatments, shore excursions, or even their onboard folio accounts. That being said, the credit cannot be applied towards the cruise fare.
Beyond the cruise fare, there are many ways that cruisers can spend money onboard. Shore excursions, drinks, photos, specialty dining, and spa treatments are some potential extra costs. However, not all gift cards can be used for everything. Therefore, it's important that you understand the fine print of whatever gift card you are eyeing prior to purchasing.
Disney gift cards are probably the most flexible, as their cards can be used for cruise related purchases such as onboard spending including shore excursions and spas, or towards the cruise fare itself. Additionally, gift cards can be used for other Disney related products and services like park tickets, dining, merchandise, and more.
Per Carnival Cruise Line's website, \"Carnival Gift Cards can be used on almost anything: towards the purchase of a Carnival cruise and redeemed onboard toward the Sail & Sign account for gifts, drinks, and fun.\"
Royal Caribbean gift certificates may be redeemed as payment towards your cruise fare, as well as onboard credit. They cannot be redeemed onboard and must be used prior to your vacation. In order to be able to use the certificate as onboard credit, it must be redeemed 10 business days prior to the sail date.
There are a variety of ways to purchase gifts cards including online, in-store, or through travel agents. Both the traditional plastic gift cards or e-card options are popular offerings amongst the cruise lines. E-cards in particular, are the quickest way to go, emailing the gift once purchased from the cruise line website.
Traditional plastic cards can be mailed, although it can take a couple of weeks. As a note, most cruise lines will not mail gift cards outside of the United States but will allow e-cards for Canadian residents. You may be responsible for the shipping costs that apply to traditional cards.
Everyone loves a deal, and occasionally there are some promotions on gift cards. Currently, there are no major sales for this upcoming holiday season. In the past, Carnival has had sales, something to keep an eye on. Associations such as AARP have also had discounts on cards, so review current memberships/ associations for any offerings.
If you're a Rakuten fan, they often offer cash back on cruise line gift cards. As of February 2023, they are currently offering 1.5% cash back on Princess Cruises gift cards. If you are planning a trip on Princess Cruises, you might want to gift yourself one via Rakuten for some cash back or American Express Membership Reward Points.
Beware of third party or private sales through Facebook or other social media. Users have reported fraud on many occasions. Cruise lines do not permit gift cards to be resold, something buyers need to be aware of. It is best to purchase cards from the cruise lines, travel agents, or authorized retailers.
Most cruise gift certificates are available in US dollars only, although Disney does offer gift cards in Canadian dollars. In addition, the majority are not available for residents outside of Canada and the United States, so not suitable for out of country friends and family.
Shipping for traditional plastic gift cards can be slow and expensive. For example, Norwegian estimates that cards can take up to 14 business days when mailed. Expedited is $15.95 with 6 day shipping, which is pricey if purchasing a $25 gift card. Royal Caribbean's standard delivery costs $2.50 and is estimated to take 7-10 business days.
While giving someone a gift card might seem like an impersonal gift, getting someone the right kind of gift card can be a thoughtful gesture. Gift cards that can buy an experience are often seen as more thoughtful.
A Carnival Cruise Lines gift card is a great example of a thoughtful gift card, as it can be used to apply a payment toward a cruise vacation, cover the cost of an onboard spending account, and purchase items while on a cruise vacation. A Carnival Cruise Lines gift card is also a smart purchase for yourself if you plan on taking a cruise, as it eliminates the need to carry cash during your vacation.
Credit CardsWe accept the following credit cards as a form of payment for your cruise reservation, online shore excursion purchases, spa service purchases and Fun Shop gift purchases as well as deposit toward your onboard Sail & Sign account.
Carnival Gift CardWe accept the Carnival Gift Card as a form of payment (USD only) for your cruise reservation, online shore excursion purchases, spa service purchases and Fun Shop gift purchases as well as deposit toward your onboard Sail & Sign account. At this time, we are not able to accept the Carnival Gift Card to purchase gift orders by telephone order.
Gift CardsWe accept the following gift cards as a form of payment for your cruise reservation, online shore excursion purchases, spa service purchases and Fun Shop gift purchases as well as deposit toward your onboard Sail & Sign account. Please note* - The American Express Gift Card cannot be used as deposit toward your onboard Sail & Sign account.
It is important to retain the credit card gift card in the event of cancellation and refund due. You will need to call the gift card issuing bank (800 number listed on the back of the card) and provide the gift card number used in order for them to issue a new gift card for the credit due.Debit CardsWe accept the following Debit Cards as a form of payment for your cruise reservation, online shore excursion purchases, spa service purchases and Fun Shop purchases as well as deposit toward your onboard Sail & Sign account.
Digital gift cards redeemed by Canadian residents can only be used towards cruise passage for bookings made in US Dollars or onboard all Princess vessels at the passenger services desk. Princess Gift Cards cannot be applied towards cruise passage for bookings made in Canadian Dollars.
We recommend that you read this document carefully before using the Gift Card. If you have any questions or would like more information about your Gift Card, you can call us toll free at the number below.General DescriptionStandard Gift Cards have no expiration date. Promotional Gift Cards may carry an expiration date which will be printed on the Promotional Gift Card.Gift Cards do not incur any dormancy fees for non-use.Gift Cards are not credit, debit, or charge cards, and have no implied warranties.Princess does not accept responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen Gift Cards, or any unauthorized use of Gift Cards.Gift Cards have no value until activated at time of purchase, and Gift Cards will not be activated until payment is verified. Gift Cards will be activated when delivered, and will be active upon receipt by the customer.Gift Cards cannot be reloaded, meaning funds may not be added to Gift Cards after activation.Once activated, Gift Cards may not be resold; resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure and cancellation of the Gift Card without compensation.Gift Cards are not refundable or redeemable for cash, except where required by law.Princess may refuse, cancel or hold for review Gift Cards and Gift Card orders in cases where it suspects fraud, mistake, alteration, issuance in an incorrect denomination, or violations of law, policies or these Terms and Conditions.Gift Cards are issued by Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd. Princess and the issuer reserve the right, and holders or purchasers of a Gift Card agree that, Princess and the issuer may at any time change these Terms and Conditions, as permitted by law.These Terms and Conditions and all matters arising out of or relating to the Gift Cards, except as governed by federal law, will be governed by the laws of the State of Florida without giving effect to any choice of law rule.
Carnival Cruise Lines sells both e-cards and gift cards online. The plastic cards are also available at some 9,000 retail locations, including Kroger, Giant Eagle, Price Chopper, Safeway, Lowe's, and Office Max. The value available is $100 up to $1,000.
Royal Caribbean gift certificates come in increments of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500, $1,700, and $2,000 and are available online. The certificates can be redeemed with the cruise line or through your travel agent.
Occasionally the lines run promotions where there are discount incentives for buying gift cards. There are no deals currently, but check the links above periodically; when there are, this is where they'll post them.
Some cruisers have reported that they have been able to buy Carnival gift cards at the Cherry On Top candy store on board Carnival cruise ships using onboard credit. This can be a way to extend your onboard credit so that you can use it towards another cruise. 59ce067264