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How to get Double Discounts off the price of your cruise vacation

by Hope Ingersoll, Military Cruise
It's a well kept secret: military personnel could save hundreds to thousands of dollars off the price of their cruise vacation. 
While there are many cruise price discounts and specials deals available to military personnel, they'll only benefit from them if they know where and how to find them
Cruise line pricing is not created equal.  The cruise lines have different 'fare codes' for their cruise prices that only specific people can qualify for at certain times. There are often special fare codes (lower cruise rates) for seniors, past passengers, residents of certain states and military personnel.
The cruise lines do not offer a special military fare code with a lower rate for all their cruises. It can be difficult to know which specific cruises have a military rate available. This information is not always available online. 
The only way to know is for you to ask the cruise line directly or deal with cruise-only travel agency that specializes in military fares like, Military Cruise  

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Not only does Military Cruise Deals specifically look for cruises which offer a military rate, Military Cruise Deals ALSO adds an additional discount to ALL cruises, which means cruisers get a double discount. If a cruise does not have a military rate available, they would still get the discount provided by military cruise deals. This discount would also be extended to all friends and family of the military person travelling in as many cabins as needed.

Normally, only the passengers who share a cabin with a military member will be entitled to the military rate for that cruise. However, twice a year in November and May, right at Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Carnival offers a friends and family promotion that allows a military member to book three additional cabins using the military rate. This promotion could provide huge savings if a military person is traveling with civilian friends or family.
Some cruise lines offer far more military discounts than others. Carnival, by far, has the greatest number of sailings which have a special military rate, with Norwegian Cruise Lines coming in second. Thus, if you select a Carnival or Norwegian cruise, there is a greater chance that there will be a military rate for the cruise sailing you select. 
While Disney has far fewer ships than Carnival and Norwegian and far fewer sailings which qualify for a military discount, it allows three cabins per military member on select sailings, as opposed to the one cabin per member policy of other cruise lines. 
Rather than having specific military rates, Holland America has what they call 'community appreciation rates' on some sailings that would provide a discount for military personnel.
No matter which cruise you ultimately choose, booking your cruise with Military Cruise Deals is the best way to ensure your travel agent will be an expert in finding military discounts and special promotions and that you'll pay the lowest rate for your next cruise vacation.



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