Booking Norwegian Cruise with Caesars Discount
I’ve only cruised twice; once on Carnival about 25 years ago and once on a free cruise with Royal Caribbean through Platinum status with M life (now MGM Rewards). Both experiences left me wondering why anyone would want to cruise. Which was only reinforced by hearing horror stories of cruising with Covid.
Still, the idea of a cruise to Alaska intrigued me. Being in Seattle means it is easy to get to the cruise. Still, for a solo traveler, cruising can be expensive as often you have to pay for two people even if you are just one in a room.
I found CruisePlum which is a website that tracks deals on cruises; including deals for solo travelers. You can even filter by how good the deals are through their website.
I found a summer Alaska cruise out of Vancouver that was listed as their “Best Deal” — a week cruise for under $900 all in for one person. Roughly $125 per day for room and meals after taxes is hard to beat. I didn’t have summer plans yet so I decided to dig in.
The deal was on Norwegian Cruise Line, which according to research I’ve done, is a lower end cruise line. They do offer discounts to Caesars Rewards elites so I decided to call in and check on the dates I was interested in to see if they could go lower than rates on NCL’s website. I am a Caesars Diamond this year through a status match and haven’t gambled at a Caesars property in over a year. So I wasn’t expecting much.
I called Norwegian Cruise Line’s Casino Reservation Center at 877-742-9519. I told the friendly agent my Caesars Rewards number and the dates and ship I was interested in. He was able to pull up the detail for about half the price of what was listed on the website — under $500 all in. He was able to stack the deals offered on the website with an additional discount because of my Caesars elite status.
I asked him to take a look at Balcony rooms and it was still under $1000. I decided it was worth the splurge and booked it along with a drink package.
The total (including taxes, gratuities, and the beverage package) in a Balcony room was $1200. Had I gone for the cheapest room (Interior) it would have been about $700 all in for the week.
Had I booked the same through the NCL website (without Caesars status) the price for an Interior room with the same drink package would have been about $100 less — about $1100. For the same Balcony room it would have been $2,300 all in.
The ship is smaller and old — Norwegian Spirit was built in 1998. However, it recently went through a $100 million renovation in 2022 so I am hoping it will offer acceptable accommodations. It doesn’t offer the bells and whistles on newer ships (like go-kart tracks and waterslides) but I actually am hoping that will be a positive as it may be less attractive to families.
If you are planning a cruise and have Caesars status, it is definitely worth a quick call to see if it will save you money. I know that a lot of people have offers for free cruises (typically bigger gamblers than me), but I am looking forward to giving cruising another try.
Have you booked a cruise using your Caesars Rewards status with Norwegian Cruise Line? Share your experience in the comments.