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Onboard Credit: What is it good for?

By Travelink on February 1, 2020

Onboard Credit: What is it good for?

No matter what cruise line you research, you're bound to encounter Onboard Credit or Shipboard Credit offers. These can range from as little as $25 to upwards of $1,000 depending on the cruise line, itinerary, length of travel, or amount of guests in your party all factor in. It's no secret that travel agencies have a leg up when it comes to onboard credit amounts. Read on to see how you can make the most of your bonus! 

The question remains: What is onboard credit good for? Here is a list of some of our top suggestions!


1. Shore Excursions

Who doesn't want to explore Penny Lane and take a tour titled 'In the steps of The Beatles', swim with dolphins in the Caribbean, or go dog sledding in Alaska? The experiences you have while on vacation are what will stick with you and become the memorable tales you'll tell for years to come. Onboard credit is absolutely perfect to put towards what will become priceless memories.


2. Drinks

If you plan to partake in some adult beverages during your journey, onboard credit may have just become your best friend. Alcoholic beverages are rarely free of charge while cruising unless you sail with a luxury line or opt for an all-inclusive cruise. Drink packages are definitely an option, but sometimes they are overkill for the occasional glass of wine or bottle of beer. Depending on how much onboard credit you have to spend, you might be all set without having to splurge on the deluxe drink package.


3. Spa Treatments

What if you could spend hours at the spa getting pampered every day? Treat yourself to a mani/pedi, a relaxing hot stone Swedish massage, or a soothing facial. Vacation is the perfect time to unplug and unwind, and a trip to the onboard spa is practically a necessity.


4. Specialty Restaurants

If you've ever been on a cruise, you know that eating at the same restaurant or buffet for each meal every day can get a bit stale. Spice things up and treat yourself to one of your ship's specialty restaurants and savor the exquisite cuisine and , of course, desserts.


5. Professional Photos

For some families, it's not that often that everyone is all together in the same place for an extended period of time. Cruising tradition calls for a formal family portrait as a keepsake from the trip. These can be quite pricey especially if you order prints for everyone. Make use of your onboard credit and you can pass out photos to all your family and friends upon your return back home.


6. Souvenirs

Don't go home empty handed or spend a fortune on worthless airport trinkets. Onboard gift shops can have everything from diamond earrings to commemorative model cruise ships. Use your onboard credit just like a gift card and shop until your heart's content! These are especially nice for those cruises that are all-inclusive. You can enjoy your cruise without stress and do some bonus Christmas shopping along the way.

View our list of limited-time Wave Season cruise and vacation specials HERE. Book by February 7th, 2020 for an extra $100 onboard credit from us! 

Topics: Cruises, Travel Tips, Custom Travel