Cruise Lines’ Deposits and Cancellations

Cruise Lines’ Deposits and Cancellations schedules as of Jan 1, 2019

Deposits and cancellations are different for every cruise line and can change at any time for a promotion or when they update their policies.

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Oceania

NOTE- Sometimes cruise lines have promotions with reduced deposits! If the deposit on your hold is a reduced deposit, then that is all you have to pay!


Carnival

Deposit:

For Carnival, 2-3 day cruises require $100 per person, 4-5 day cruisesare $150 per person,  6-8 day cruisesare $250 per person, and 9+ day sailings are $400 per person.

For Carnival cruises going to Alaska, Europe, the Panama Canal, transatlantic voyages, and transpacific voyages the deposit amount is $400 per person.

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Cancellation Schedule:

Deposits are refundable except for cruises booked under the Early Saver and Super Saver fare code, the deposit amount is non-refundable.  All cancellations that occur prior to final payment due date will receive a non-refundable and non-transferable future cruise credit, redeemable in the amount of the deposit minus a $50 per person service fee.

The future cruise credit must be used on a sailing within 24 months from the date of cancellation and can only be applied to your cruise fare. Any unused portion will be forfeited.

For cruises that are 2-5 days in length. the cancellation charge is as follows:

Up to 61 days prior to departure – No penalty except Instant, Early, and Super Saver Fares

60-45 days prior to departure – Deposit

45-30 days prior to departure – Deposit or 50% of Total Fare (whichever is greater)

29-15 days prior to departure – Deposit or 75% of Total Fare (whichever is greater)

14 days or less – 100% of Total Fare

For cruises that are 6-9 days in length, the cancellation charge is as follows:

Up to 76 days prior to departure – No penalty except Instant, Early Saver, and Super Saver Fares

75-56 days prior to departure – Deposit

55-30 days prior to departure – Deposit or 50% of Total Fare (whichever is greater)

29-15 days prior to departure – Deposit or 75% of Total Fare (whichever is greater)

14 days or less – 100% of Total Fare


Celebrity

Deposit:

For 1-5 day sailings, the deposit amount is $100 per person.  For 6-8 day sailings, the deposit amount is $250 per person while sailings 9 days or longer, the deposit amount is $450 per person.

For suite categories or higher, the deposit amount is doubled.

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Cancellation Schedule:

For Sailings ranging in length from 1-4 days, cancellation fees are as follows:

75 days or more prior to departure – No penalty

74-61 days prior to departure – 50% of total price

60-31 days prior to departure – 75% of total price

30-days or less – 100% of total price – no refund

For Sailings 5 days or longer, cancellation fees are as follows

90 days or more prior to departure – No penalty

89-75 days prior to departure – 25% of total price

74-61 days prior to departure – 50% of total price

60-31 days prior to departure – 75% of total price

30-days or less – 100% of total price – no refund


Costa

Deposit:

For all Costa Comfort and Deluxe cabins booked with us, the deposit amount for military families is reduced to $100 per guest in the cabin! This is greatly reduced from Costa’s the $400 per person ($250 per person for the Caribbean) deposit amount. Basic/Value cabins will still have the $400 per person NONREFUNDABLE deposits. Deposits also apply to kids on Costa, except when their cruise rate is $0.

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Cancellation Schedule:

Costa “Basic Guarantee Status cabins”:

90 or more days prior to sailing: 15% penalty (This means that deposits of this type are NONREFUNDABLE)

89 – 57 days prior to sailing: 25% penalty

56 – 30 days prior to sailing: 50% penalty

29 – 15 days prior to sailing: 75% penalty

14 days or less prior to sailing: No refund (100% cancellation charge)

Costa Comfort & Deluxe Cabins:

90 + days prior to sailing: Full refund, this means that these cabin types are refundable up until this point

89 – 57 days prior to sailing: Deposit amount will be kept as a penalty

56 – 30 days prior to sailing: 50% penalty

29 – 15 days prior to sailing: 75% penalty

14 days or less prior to sailing: No refund (100% cancellation charge)


Cunard

Deposit:

Cunard Cruise Line requires 25% of your cruise price for your deposit.

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Cancellation Schedule:

The final payment isn’t due until 90 days before sailing, cancellation fees from Cunard begin that same day!

For voyages less than 15 days in length, the cancellation fees are as follows:

120 to 91-days prior to departure – 25% of full fare or deposit amount

90-59 days prior to departure – 40% of full fare

60-31 days prior to departure – 60% of full fare

30-15 days prior to departure – 75% of full fare

14 days or less prior to departure – 90% of full fare

For voyages greater than 30 days in length, the cancellation fees are as follows:

150-121 days prior to departure – Deposit amount

120-91 days prior to departure – 40% of full fare

90-65 days prior to departure – 50% of full fare

64-43 days – 75% of full fare

42 days or less – 75% of full fare


Disney

Deposit:

Disney Cruise Line requires 20% of your cruise price as a deposit.

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Cancellation Schedule:

For 1-5 day cruises final payment will be due by 90 days prior to the cruise

Cancellation fees are as follows:

Days prior to departureCancellation penalty
89-45Deposit per guest
44-3050% of vacation price
29-1575% of vacation price
14 days or less100% of vacation price

For 6-9 day cruises final payment will be due by 120 days prior to the cruise

Cancellation fees are as follows:

Days prior to departureCancellation penalty
119-56Deposit per guest
55-3050% of vacation price
29-1575% of vacation price
14 days or less100% of vacation price

Deposits for Concierge staterooms, suites, and categories with restrictions are non-refundable.

Final payment:

  • 1-5 day cruises: 120 days
  • 6+ day cruises: 150 days
Days prior to departureCancellation penalty
90+Deposit per guest
89-5650% of vacation price
55-3075% of vacation price
30 days or less100% of vacation price

Holland

Deposit:

For sailings of 3-7 days, the deposit amount is $700 per stateroom, 8-24 days is $1200 per stateroom, and $3500 for sailings 25 days or longer.

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Cancellation Schedule:

Your final payment isn’t due until 75 days before sailing, cancellation fees from Holland begin that same day!

Cancellation fees apply to the entire cruise booking, including cruise fare, air add-ons, ground transfers, pre-cruise and post-cruise hotel and tour packages.

Guests who cancel within the dates shown below for any reason, including medical or family reasons, are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees:

Grand World, Grand Voyages, any Segment of a Grand World or Grand Voyage, 29-50 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas, Incan Empires, Amazon Explorer, 30+ day Europe Transatlantic or any segment of a 30+ day Europe Transatlantic sailing, Africa Explorer and Far East Explorer are subject to the follow cancellation penalties:

120–91 days prior to departure – deposit amount

90–76 days prior to departure – 60% of gross fare

75 days prior to departure – 100% of gross fare

All Holiday, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Asia, Prinsendam Europe, South America and Antarctica sailings are subject to the following cancellation penalties:

90–64 days prior to departure – deposit amount

63–43 days prior to departure –  50% of gross fare

42–22 days prior to departure – 75% of gross fare

21 days or less – 100% of gross fare

For Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Canada & New England, Pacific Coastal, Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Europe, and Hawaii Sailings of 27 days or less, the following cancellation penalties will apply:

75–57 days prior to departure – deposit amount

56–29 days prior to departure – 50% of gross fare

28–16 days prior to departure – 75% of gross fare

15 days or less – 100% of gross fare


MSC

Deposit:

$99 deposit  per person from 0  to  5  nights

$199 deposit  per person from 6 to 14 nights

$300 deposit  per person from 15  to  33  nights

15% non-refundable for World cruise products

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Cancellation Schedule:

The final payment isn’t due until 90 days before sailing, cancellation fees from MSC begin the next day! If you cancel between 89 and 61 days before your cruise, MSC will keep your deposit as a cancellation fee.

Cruises < 15 NightsCruises > 15 Nights
89 - 61 days prior to departureDeposit Non-Refundable60 - 46 days prior to departureDeposit Non-Refundable
60 - 46 days prior to departure50% Penalty60 - 46 days prior to departure50% Penalty
45 - 16 days prior to departure75% Penalty45 - 31 days prior to departure75% Penalty
15 - 0 days until departure100% Penalty30 - 0 days until departure100% Penalty

No refund will be permitted if a guest terminates his/her cruise after embarkation or while the cruise is in progress.

Cruise contracts are non – transferable.

Name changes and cruise date changes are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to the above cancellation fees.

*After the time of final payment, names can be changed up until 15 days prior to sailing for a $75 change fee. After 15 day mark has passed there is a $100 change fee. Only one name is allowed to be changed per cabin, otherwise MSC will treat the booking as a cancellation.

Cancellation charges are assessed on the total fares, which include cruise fare, air-add-on, hotel packages, shore excursions and any other additional service arranged through MSC Cruises.

All pre-purchased MSC Cruises services, packages, and excursions canceled once onboard are subject to up to 100% penalty.


Norwegian

Deposit:

For Norwegian Cruises, sailings of 1-6 days are just $100 per person, and 7+ day sailings are $250 per person.

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Cancellation Schedule:

Final payment is due 120 days before sailing, and cancellation fees from Norwegian begin 120 days before!

For cruises 1-6 days in length, the cancellation penalties are as follows:

  • 89-76 days prior to departure – 25%
  • 75-61 days prior to departure – 50%
  • 60-31 days prior to departure – 75%
  • 30 days or less – 100%

For cruises 7 days or longer, the cancellation penalties are as follows:

  • 119-91 days prior to departure – 25%
  • 90-61 days prior to departure – 50%
  • 60-31 days prior to departure – 75%
  • 30 days or less – 100%

For Haven Suites, Suites, Garden Villas, and Holiday Cruises, the cancellation fees are as follows:

  • 119-106days prior to departure – 25%
  • 105-91 days prior to departure – 50%
  • 90-61 days prior to departure – 75%
  • 60 days or less – 100%

When the cancellation fee percentage is less than the deposit amount the deposit amount will be retained as a cancellation penalty.

There is no Cancellation fee for guests 3-8 if cancelled outside of the 100% cancellation period.

If the reservation is cancelled within the 100% cancellation period then the applicable cancellation fee will apply for guest 3-8.


Princess

Deposit:

Princess deposits are 20% of your cruise total.  Captain’s Circle members pay 10% on select sailings.

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While your final payment isn’t due until 75 days before sailing, cancellation fees from Princess begin at 180 days before!

For cruises less than 30 days in length, the cancellation penalties are as follows:

181 days or more before sail date – Full refund

180-75 days prior to departure – Deposit amount

74-43 days prior to departure – 25% of total fare

42-15 days prior to departure – 50% of total fare

14 days or less – 100% of total fare


Royal Caribbean

Deposits on regular cruises:

  • 1-5 day cruises: $100 per person,
  • 6-9 days $250 per person
  • 10+ days $450 per person

Deposits on Bermuda cruises:

  • 1-9 day cruises: $250 per person
  • 10+ days: $450per person.

Suites or higher categories pay the same deposit amounts.

Grand suites or higher have non-refundable deposits.  

Special fares with NONREFUNDABLE deposits from Royal Caribbean began starting in 2017.

For guests interested in reserving an upper Suite or guarantee categories W,WS, X/XB, XN, Y, YO, and Z, ZI only NON-REFUNDABLE deposits are available.

These NON-REFUNDABLE deposits also have a change fee of $100 per guest for changes to the ship/sail date.

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Cancellation Schedule:

Final payment isn’t due until 90 days before sailing and cancellation fees from Royal Caribbean begin that same day!

For nonrefundable deposits before the time of final payment- There will be $100 guest change penalty per guest. The rest of the amount will be provided to the client as a Future Cruise Certificate with Royal Caribbean. These Future Cruise Certificates are then valid for 1 year from that issue date before expiring.

For nonrefundable deposits after the time of final payment- Final payment cancellation penalties apply.

For sailings 1-4 nights in length, the cancellation penalties are as follows:

  • 75 days or more prior to departure – no penalty
  • 74-61 days prior to departure – 50% of total price
  • 60-31 days prior to departure – 75% of total price
  • 30 days or less  – 100% of total price (no refund)

For sailings 5 nights or longer, the cancellation penalties are as follows:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure – no penalty
  • 89-75 days prior to departure – 25% of total price
  • 74-61 days prior to departure – 50% of total price
  • 60-31 days prior to departure – 75% of total price
  • 30 days or less – 100% of total price (no refund)

Oceania

Deposit:

Bookings require a per person deposit of 20% of the applicable fare for Owner’s, Vista and Oceania Suites and $750 for all other suite/stateroom categories. For Grand Voyages, the per person deposit is $1,500.

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Cancellation Schedule:

All cancellations must be in writing and received by Oceania Cruises no later than the day before cancellation penalties are to be assessed.

Cruises 14 days or Less:

Days prior to departureCancellation penalty
91-120$250 per guest administrative fee+
76-9025% of vacation price
61-7550% of vacation price
31-6075% of vacation price
30 days or less100% of vacation price

For Owner’s, Vista and Oceania Suites, the administrative fee for 91-120 days prior to sailing is 10% of the fare.

Cruises 15 days or more except 180-Day Voyages:

Days prior to departureCancellation penalty
151-180$250 per guest administrative fee+
121-15025% of vacation price
91-12050% of vacation price
61-9075% of vacation price
60 days or less100% of vacation price

For Owner’s, Vista and Oceania Suites, the administrative fee for 151-180 days prior to sailing is 10% of the fare.

180-Day Voyages

Days prior to departureCancellation penalty
181$250 per guest deposit
151-18025% of vacation price
121-15050% of vacation price
91-12075% of vacation price
90 days or less100% of vacation price


For Owner’s, Vista and Oceania Suites, the administrative fee for Deposit-181 days prior to sailing is 10% of the fare.

+The Administrative Fee may be converted to a future cruise credit redeemable on bookings made up to 12 months after cancellation date and for travel within two years of date of issue.



Cruise LineCruise Length in Days
345678910+
Carnival$100$150$150$250$150$150$400$400
Carnival: Alaska, Europe,
Panama Canal, Trans-
Atlantic, and Trans-Pacific
$400$400$400$400$400$400$400$400
Celebrity$100$100$100$250$250$250$450$450
Celebrity Suite -
Double the standard deposit
$200$200$200$500$500$500$900$900
Costa - Military
Comfort and Deluxe Cabins
$100$100$100$100$100$100$100$100
Costa - Civilians$400$400$400$400$400$400$400$400
Costa - Civilians: Caribbean$250$250$250$250$250$250$250$250
Costa Basic/Value Cabins$400$400$400$400$400$400$400$400
Cunard%25 of the cruise price - all cruise lengths
Disney%20 of the cruise price - all cruise lengths
Holland$350$350$350$350$350$600$600$600
MSC - per adult$198$198$198$198$198$198$198$198
Norwegian$100$100$100$100$250$250$250$250
Norwegian Haven and Suites: Passengers 1 and 2$250$250$250$250$750$750$750$750
Norwegian Haven and Suites: Passengers 3 to 8$100$100$100$100$250$250$250$250
Norwegian Garden Villa Suites: Passengers 1 and 2$750$750$750$750$2,500$2,500$2,500$2,500
Norwegian Garden Villa Suites: Passengers 3 to 8$250$250$250$250$250$250$250$250
Princess20% of cruise price. Captain’s Circle members pay 10% on select sailings.
Royal Caribbean$100$100$100$250$250$250$250$450