What Can I Do With A Cruise I Can No Longer Use?
Cruises are often big investments so you've probably saved up for an amazing holiday, whether it's a trip with friends, a family vacation, or a retirement present to yourself. Life sometimes means you end up in an unavoidable situation, from financial difficulties to medical complications. If you can no longer go on your cruise, you'll want to know how to get all of that money back.
Unfortunately, many cruise bookings are non-refundable but it is worth double-checking your booking confirmation or getting in touch with your cruise line to make sure. Some bookings will be eligible for a refund, which depends on how close to departure you are cancelling and whether you paid for a flexible booking. One thing to bear in mind, even if you are cancelling months in advance, is that 99% of the time, you won't receive all of your money back. Cruise lines, and travel companies in general, will take an administration or cancellation fee to compensate for the loss of a customer. This is usually a percentage of the price you originally paid, and the closer it is to the date of departure, the less money you'll be refunded.
If you don't want to cancel your cruise and pay the fees that come with that, then you still have a couple of options. You could change the date of your cruise to suit you better, particularly if it's just a work commitment or inconvenience which means you won't be able to sail. However, if you won't be able to use it at all for whatever reason, you can make a claim with your travel insurance company. This is worth applying for if it's an extenuating circumstance, such as serious illness or natural disaster. However, there are many things that insurance companies don't cover and you might find your claim isn't paid out.
All is not lost: you can sell it online to someone else looking for a great cruise deal.
Can I Sell My Cruise Booking?
The short answer is yes! The longer answer is that your booking might not be transferable due to the cruise lines cancellation policy, however, most allow for name changes - in fact, you can make amendments like this to 80% of travel plans. This is the important information you need to find out from your travel provider as a name change allows you to transfer your booking to another passenger. Name change fees often occur, depending on the company.
What Are The Name Change Fees For Cruises?
This will vary from cruise line to cruise line. The most popular companies, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Disney, usually treat name changes as cancellations of an original booking and a new booking. What differs here is whether or not you can get a refund which depends on which ship you are on and when you are cancelling.
- Royal Caribbean
If you have a booking with Royal Caribbean Cruises, the name change fee is £35 if it’s over 56 days before departure, whereas if you make any changes within 56 days, it can be treated as a cancellation and unfortunately you’ll have to rebook. However, if you find yourself in a medical situation which prevents you from cruising, they have a more lenient policy on a case by case basis, which you can find out more about in the Royal Caribbean terms and conditions.
- Carnival Cruises
On the other hand, Carnival Cruises don't allow name changes unless an original guest is still on the booking. If not, it's considered a full cancellation and you will have to pay the current fare, even if this is more than what you paid originally. Fees will differ if you have a flight included in your cruise package - you can find out more about this in the Carnival Cruises name change FAQ.
- Disney Cruises
Similarly, Disney Cruises regard name changes as cancellations, but their cruise packages are actually refundable. This means they'll give you back what you paid for the cruise, minus any cancellation fees or deposits, which is pretty unusual for a cruise line to do.
- Holland America Line
You have to request a name change with Holland America Line individually, and they only grant it on a case-by-case basis. They also consider name changes as cancellations, which means you'll have to pay a cancellation fee.
- Norwegian Cruises
The name change policy for Norwegian Cruises is one of the more lenient as they allow transfers of bookings 7 days or more before you set sail. You just have to notify them "in writing", which includes emails. It costs £35 per person plus any other charges that occur as a result of the change.
- P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises name change policy is also much more accommodating than some other cruise lines. Name changes are allowed up to 4 days before departure for £20 per person.
How Do I Sell My Cruise?
Once you've found out what the name change policy is for the cruise line you booked with, you can you sell your cruise online. It only takes a few minutes and a couple of easy steps.
- First, create an account with TransferTravel.com. You can sign in using your Google, Facebook and Twitter accounts or just use your email address. Logging in with a social account doesn't allow us to post on your social media feeds or view your private details.
- Click 'sell' in the top right-hand corner to create a listing. Add in all the details you can so that buyers can see exactly what is included in your booking, for instance, if food and drink are included, or the type of cabin. Remember that you're advertising to a global audience so add pictures and plenty of detail to make your listing eye-catching and enticing. If you're stuck, check out our tips and tricks for selling travel plans.
- The listing is then added to the marketplace where thousands of buyers can see it. When someone is ready to buy, we connect you through the TransferTravel secure messaging system so you can exchange information that is needed to transfer the travel documents. Contact your travel provider and make the name change
- You will need to upload the documents for the buyer to download. Once they use them, your money is sent directly to you with only a 15% fee after all of this has been confirmed. We use PayPal as this secures both you and the buyer throughout the payment process; we want the transfer to be as smooth as possible.
You set the price on the cruise you list on TransferTravel.com, so you can decide how much money you will get back. A lower price is more of an incentive to a potential buyer but we understand that you want to make back as much money as you can. We recommend listing with a 30% discount.
Are you ready to sell your cruise? Create a listing now to add your travel plans to the global travel marketplace!