Offer Alert: Major cruise line is offering $1,000 in ship credit to boost bookings

It looks like Regent Seven Seas Cruises is ready to play “Let’s Make a Deal” with three cruises about to depart that haven’t sold out yet.

The Miami-based luxury line has launched a very short-term but enticing promotion, giving cruise fans who book any of the three voyages a massive $1,000 per stateroom credit to use during voyages.

In addition, Regent is doubling the savings received by senior members of its loyalty program, Seven Seas Society, when they book one of the cruises. Diamond and Commodore members of the Seven Seas Society normally receive a 5% and 10% discount off the cost of a cruise respectively.

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The line also throws in double loyalty night points for Seven Seas Society status for anyone who books one of the voyages.

Most passengers on Regent cruises typically earn 1 loyalty night point for each night they sail. Solo travelers (paying higher per person prices) earn 2 Loyalty Night Points for each night they sail. With the current promotion, however, passengers earn twice as much.

As a final perk, the line gives customers who book one of the crossings a free $700 Briggs & Riley carry-on bag. Crusaders receive one piece of baggage per cabin.

The Double the Joy offer, as management calls the promotion, is available for bookings made up to January 6th for the following three sailings:

  • Caribbean Coast and Ancient Ruins: The seven-night voyage departs from Miami on March 6th. Round-trip sailings on Seven Seas Navigator make stops in Roatan, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. Fares start at $5,099 per person before Seven Seas Society savings.
  • Casa Rosada to Sugar Loaf: The 10-night voyage departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 5th. Seven Seas Voyager’s one-way Rio de Janeiro cruise calls at Montevideo, Uruguay and Rio Grande, Brazil, Porto Belo, Santos, Ilha Grande and Buzios, and one night in Rio de Janeiro. Fares start at $12,899 per person before Seven Seas Society savings.
  • Bermudian traditions and celebrations: The 14-night voyage departs Miami on April 5. The transatlantic journey to Barcelona brings visits to Bermuda, as well as the Azores in Portugal and Cadiz in Spain. Fares start at $8,699 before Seven Seas Society savings.

While Regent’s base fares are high, they include not only accommodation and meals on ships, but also unlimited shore excursions, airport to ship transfers, round-trip airfare, business class airfare on international flights, laundry service, WiFi and gratuities.

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Regent passengers staying in concierge-level suites and above also receive one night’s pre-cruise hotel accommodation included in the price.

Also see: TPG’s Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Cruise Line

The tariffs belong to the all-inclusive offers in the cruise business.

The new promotion is the second major offer Regent has made in recent weeks to boost last-minute bookings on its ships. In November, the cruise line announced it would offer thousands of dollars worth of complimentary shore tours to customers who booked select Europe cruises in 2023. This offer is still available.

One limitation of the new offer: It is “capacity-controlled” and can be canceled at any time, according to the line.

Many cruise lines have struggled to bring ship utilization back to normal levels since operations resumed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of discounts, some offer their customers “value-added” freebies, including onboard credit, free shore excursions, and other free perks like beverage packages, Wi-Fi packages, and gratuities.

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