5 Ways to Get Senior Discounts on Cruise Trips

Couple on a cruise ship deck.
Photo by Michaeljung / Shutterstock.com

Millions of people set sail on cruises every year looking for a stress-free way to see the world. After all, your food, lodging and entertainment are generally bundled into one neat package. All you have to do is book and board.

For those cruising into retirement age, time at sea can be a dream vacation — but it gets even better. Travelers who are 50 or older have access to “senior” discounts on cruises.

Following are several ways that older travelers can land a discount on a cruise vacation. For more ways to save on your next getaway, cruise on over to our travel deals page.

1. Book with Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival offers senior fares for passengers age 55 and older.

Visit Carnival’s “Cruise Deals for Seniors” webpage. There you’ll find a calendar with the available discounted trips. You can filter these discounts by date, departure port, destination and other factors.

After you select the cruise you want to take and then indicate the number of rooms you want and the number of passengers traveling, you’ll reach a “Tell Us About Yourself” page. Check off the “55+ years old” box and continue through the online booking process.

2. Book with Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises offers discounts to customers who are at least 55 years of age.

The amount you save varies by trip. To see if your itinerary is eligible for a discount, call a Celebrity Cruises adviser or book through the cruise line’s website. A spokesperson tells Money Talks News that the discount will automatically appear online once you add your birthday information.

Note that if another promotional offer or lower rate is available for that trip, the booking system will override the “senior discount” to give you the better savings.

3. Book with Royal Caribbean International

This cruise line offers discounts to travelers age 55 and older, though a representative for Royal Caribbean International tells Money Talks News that discounted rates “vary depending on season and availability.”

Visit RoyalCaribbean.com to book your cruise online. As you go through the checkout process, you can see if you qualify for a senior discount.

When you get to the step that asks for the number of guests, click “See if you qualify for exclusive rates.” A pop-up will open that lets you select the kind of discount you want. Select “Seniors (Age 55+)” and click “Continue.”

4. Join AARP

You can start enjoying discounts as early as age 50 when you become an AARP member. Simply book a trip online through the AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia.

For a limited time, you can earn up to $1,000 in onboard credit for select trips with major cruise lines. The credit will appear in your onboard account on the second day of your cruise. To claim your onboard credit and review eligible itineraries, visit the AARP Travel Center and log in to your AARP account.

AARP members can also grab cruise discounts through travel companies that partner with AARP. They currently include Collette and Grand European Travel.

5. Join AMAC

Once you’ve reached age 50, you can also join the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) and save big on travel and lodging.

AMAC partners with cruise lines to offer discounts, bonuses and free upgrades to its members. Participating cruise lines include Carnival, Crystal, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean International. For more information or to book your discounted cruise, visit TravelPerks.com/AMAC.

Have you scored senior-only savings on a cruise? Tell us about your experience below or on our Facebook page.

How to find cheaper car insurance in minutes

Getting a better deal on car insurance doesn't have to be hard. You can have The Zebra, an insurance comparison site compare quotes in just a few minutes and find you the best rates. Consumers save an average of $368 per year, according to the site, so if you're ready to secure your new rate, get started now.

Read Next
10 Things That Really Are Free on Amazon
10 Things That Really Are Free on Amazon

These freebies are available to anyone — no Prime membership necessary.

Avoiding These 5 Foods Could Save Your Vision as You Age
Avoiding These 5 Foods Could Save Your Vision as You Age

Millions of Americans may be able to prevent an incurable cause of blindness by making a basic change.

10 Places Where Social Security Offers the Best Standard of Living
10 Places Where Social Security Offers the Best Standard of Living

These U.S. counties offer retirees a chance to stretch their benefit checks while enjoying their golden years.

14 Products That Keep Foods Fresh Longer
14 Products That Keep Foods Fresh Longer

We’ve rounded up innovative Amazon purchases to lengthen the life of your favorite foods and beverages.

7 Reasons Not to Move When You Retire
7 Reasons Not to Move When You Retire

Sunny skies and warm breezes sound great. But in reality, you might be better off retiring closer to home.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
Social Security Checks Likely to Grow This Much in 2021
Social Security Checks Likely to Grow This Much in 2021

The federal government recently released a key statistic that gives clear insight into what next year’s COLA will be.

This Gas Station Scam Is Victimizing More Drivers
This Gas Station Scam Is Victimizing More Drivers

For the second straight year, a growing number of Americans believe they’ve fallen prey to this scam.

21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store
21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store

Dollar stores have great bargains on both everyday and occasional purchases.

7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast
7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

Your financial security might soon depend upon the strength of your credit score.

7 Unusual Ways to Declutter Your Home
7 Unusual Ways to Declutter Your Home

Tired of possessions weighing you down? Here are seven ways to declutter painlessly and effectively.

This Is the Most Popular Age for Claiming Social Security
This Is the Most Popular Age for Claiming Social Security

Both men and women are most likely to start receiving Social Security benefits at this age.

6 Things You Should Never Buy at Trader Joe’s
6 Things You Should Never Buy at Trader Joe’s

We love Trader Joe’s for plenty of reasons. But think twice about this handful of products.

Don’t Toss These 7 Household Items — Sell Them
Don’t Toss These 7 Household Items — Sell Them

Here’s how to earn cash as you give new life to these unwanted items.

6 Legal Documents Retirees Need — but Don’t Have
6 Legal Documents Retirees Need — but Don’t Have

Few retirees have these documents that are crucial to their golden years — especially during a pandemic.

19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree
19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree

These jobs pay more than the typical job in the U.S. — and no bachelor’s degree is required.

5 Awesome Places You Can Retire Overseas on $2,000 a Month or Less
5 Awesome Places You Can Retire Overseas on $2,000 a Month or Less

In this week’s podcast: tips on retiring overseas — from someone who’s been helping American expats for decades.

Eat This Food If You Want to Avoid Alzheimer’s Disease
Eat This Food If You Want to Avoid Alzheimer’s Disease

One type of food associated with the Mediterranean diet offers especially large benefits.

11 Expenses That Quietly Drain Your Wallet
11 Expenses That Quietly Drain Your Wallet

It’s scandalously easy to overspend in these areas of your life.

Could You Give Up These 7 Expenses to Save Thousands of Dollars a Year?
Could You Give Up These 7 Expenses to Save Thousands of Dollars a Year?

You could save more than $30,000 by setting aside these costly expenses for just one year.

10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday
10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday

These items are all steeply discounted — but the deals won’t last long.

9 Dumb Ways You Are Ruining Your Home Value
9 Dumb Ways You Are Ruining Your Home Value

Homeowners, beware these mistakes that can drive away potential buyers.

18 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now
18 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

7 Tips for Building an Emergency Stockpile
7 Tips for Building an Emergency Stockpile

A pandemic or natural disaster could leave you reliant on your existing food supply. Is your pantry prepared?

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.