Bold New Royal Caribbean Cancellation Policy

Royal Caribbean cancellation policy

Royal Caribbean has greatly improved their Cruise with Confidence program with several innovative enhancements.

Royal Caribbean Cancellation Policy Enhancement

The first change to the Royal Caribbean cancellation policy allows guests to cancel up to 48 hours prior to sailing. A 100% future cruise credit can then be used on sailings through April 22, for bookings made on or before August 1, 2020.

This, and the following enhancements apply across the Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara brands.

NEW! Royal Caribbean Best Price Guarantee

This is awesome friends!

The line encourages you to keep your booking and take advantage of their Best Price Guarantee up to 48-hours prior to your cruise vacation, ensuring the best rate and/or promotion.

What does that mean? You can take advantage of price drops AFTER final payment is made! This is rare in the cruise industry!

How the Best Price Guarantee works:

  • The Best Price Guarantee program allows guests to take advantage of better rates up to 48 hours prior to sail date.
  • For these bookings only, guests can request the difference of their booked rates versus any rate reduction.
  • The difference in pricing will be added to the booking as an onboard credit and it’ll be applied within 14 business days, and a new confirmation will be generated with the Onboard Credit value.

Royal Caribbean Introduces “Lift & Shift”

In an innovative move, the line also announced their new “Lift & Shift” program which, according to the Royal Caribbean website, works as follows:

Royal Caribbean cancelation policy announcement
  • Lift and Shift is for those guests wishing to move their existing booking to next year. For CWC guests that are ready to move to an alternative sail date in the following year, we’re happy to price protect the original pricing and/or promotion if the alternative sailing is the same itinerary, length, and stateroom category.
  • However, the alternative sail date that the guest will be moved to, needs to be dated within 4 weeks (before or after) of the original sail date, but for the following year.
  • For example, if you are moving from a July 30, 2020 sailing, you must move to a sailings that is the same itinerary, length, and stateroom category, and the sail date should be June 30, 2021 – August 30, 2021.
  • To be eligible, guests must move their booking on or before August 1, 2020.

What you need to know:

  • You can use Lift & Shift only once.
  • There are some blackout dates, including major holidays like Christmas and New Years. Royal Caribbean Blog outlines the details thoroughly.
  • You may owe any difference in cruise fare if your new booking exceeds the Future Cruise Credit’s value.
  • You can access the cruise with confidence refund request form here. We suggest you contact your travel agent first!

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