Military Appreciation Cruise Programs

Did you know that many of the cruise lines offer military cruise specials like onboard credits or discounted rates for active and retired military personnel?

These special military cruise deals are a great way for the cruise lines to help show their appreciation for those who have served or are currently serving in the United States and Canadian militaries. Plus, some cruise lines extend their special programs to others who serve in the community, for example, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Celebrity also offer cruise specials to police officers, firefighters and EMTs.

We have outlined the military and community appreciation programs for a number of cruise lines below. Whether it is an onboard credit or a special discounted rate there are some great cruise deals available for eligible personnel.

In most cases, you cannot take advantage of these programs when booking online, so give us a call at 800-668-6414 today and we will assist you with determining what special programs you may be eligible to receive on your next cruise.

Please note, for all of these programs, the proper form of identification must either be submitted to the cruise line prior to your cruise departure or presented or at the pier on the day of embarkation (this varies by cruise line).


Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises

Military Benefit:

Discounted rates available on select sailings.

Who Qualifies

To qualify for a Military rate, at least one guest in the stateroom must be classified as one of the following:

  • Active personnel currently serving in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves or Canadian National Defense.
  • Retired from any of the divisions listed directly above. "Retired" is defined as A) enlisted personnel or officers with a minimum of 20 years of service, B) medically retired, or C) 100% disabled.
  • Veterans with an Honorable Discharge serving a minimum of 2 years, or 6-months in an active war zone, in any of the United States service divisions listed above.
  • Spouses of actively deployed, or deceased military personnel, are eligible to book one stateroom as long as the eligible spouse is occupying the stateroom. All other guests traveling in the same stateroom are also eligible for the military rate.

Required Proof of Eligibility

All forms of identification must be presented at time of check-in

Active personnel

  • Proper identification in the form of a United States Uniformed Services WHITE Identification Card for U.S. military personnel, and a WHITE N.D.21 Identification Card with a Red Canadian Flag displayed for Canadian National Defense personnel, must be presented at time of check-in.

Retired personnel

  • Proper identification for those classified in category A, or B (see above) must be in the form of a United States Uniformed BLUE Identification Card.
  • Proper identification for those classified in category C (see above) is a United States Uniformed TAN Identification Card. Retired Canadian National Defense personnel are eligible and must possess the same white card as described above for active personnel.

Veterans

  • Proper identification in the form of a DD 214, plus a current photo must be presented at time of check-in.

Spouses of actively deployed, or deceased military personnel

  • Spouse must present the PINK Dependent Military ID upon check-in as proof of eligibility.

*At least one guest per stateroom must be eligible to be considered in compliance with these rates. A guest's inability to provide proof upon check-in at the pier will result in the reservation being re-priced to the lowest available fare for that particular day and the guest will be responsible to pay for any differences immediately or risking denial of boarding.

Police Officer, Firefighter & EMT Benefit:

Discounted rates available on select sailings.

Who Qualifies

At least one guest in the stateroom must be qualified under the following:

  • An active, retired or volunteer employee of a local or state, or police/fire department or Emergency Medical Services (Emergency Medical Technician - EMT) in the United States or Canada.

Required Proof of Eligibility

All forms of identification must be presented at time of check-in

  • Qualified guests must present valid proof of employment (badge or ID) plus a second form of identification when boarding the ship

*All guests traveling in the same stateroom are eligible to receive the police/fire rate. No additional stateroom, other than the one that is occupied by the qualified person is eligible for the police/fire rate.

Princess Cruises and Cunard

Benefit:

Onboard Credit on any cruise. Amount per Qualified Passenger based on cruise length:

Cruise Length Amount
6 Days or Less $50
7 - 13 Days $100
14 Days or Longer $250

Who Qualifies

At least one guest in the stateroom must be qualified under the following:

Active personnel currently serving in the following service divisions:

  • United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves
  • Canadian National Defense
  • British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or Reserves

Retired Personnel defined as A) enlisted personnel or officers with a minimum of 20 years of service, B) medically retired, or C) 100% disabled

Veterans with an Honorable Discharge serving a minimum of 2 years or 6 months in an active war zone in any of the applicable service divisions listed above.

Required Proof of Eligibility

Must be submitted no later than 14 days to cruise departure date.

Active personnel

  • U.S.: A military verification certificate confirming active duty status. The military verification certificate is available for free online here
  • Canada: NDI 20 Identification Card or NDI 10 which is a temporary identification card
  • UK: Official Military identification

Retired Personnel

  • U.S.: DD214*, WD AGO (War Department Adjunct General Form) or NAVPERS (Naval Personnel Discharge Form)
  • Canada: NDI 75 Record of Service Identification Card or CF75 Certificate of Discharge
  • UK: Appropriate proof of service issued by the MOD

Veterans with an Honorable Discharge serving a minimum of 2 years or 6 months in an active war zone, or an Educational Discharge if within 90 days of their normal separation date in any of the applicable service divisions listed above.

  • U.S.: DD 214*, WDAGO (War Department Adjunct General Form) or NAVPERS (Naval Personnel Discharge Form)
  • Canada: VAC (Veterans Affairs Canada) Health Identification Card
  • UK: Appropriate proof of service issued by the MOD

* The Department of Defense issues veterans a DD 214 Form, which verifies their service and condition of discharge. Prior to 1950, other forms were issued including WD AGO and NAVPERS forms. If the passenger is not able to obtain a DD214 due to their date of service, request if they have or can obtain WD AGO or NAVPERS forms to submit in lieu of DD 214.

Please note: This offer is combinable with most cruise fares. Some restrictions apply. Applications to receive this benefit must be made no later than 14 days to cruise departure date.

Carnival

Benefit:

Discounted rates on select sailings

Who Qualifies

The military promotion is available to the following members of the United States Military and Canadian Department of National Defense:

Active Personnel

Spouses of active Military personnel called to active duty or stationed overseas will be eligible to book one cabin as long as the eligible spouse is occupying this cabin. The spouse must provide proof of eligibility by submitting a copy of the official military orders and/or duties documentation and proof of marriage.

Spouse of deceased personnel (active/retired) and veterans (U.S / Canadian)

  • The widow/widower of the deceased personnel, (whether the deceased personnel was active or retired), may book one cabin as long as the eligible spouse is occupying this cabin. The spouse must provide proof of eligibility by submitting a copy of the death certificate and the DD214/DD256 (NDI 75 for Canadians)
  • The widow/widower of the deceased veteran may book one cabin as long as the eligible spouse is occupying this cabin. The spouse must provide proof of eligibility by submitting a copy of proof of honorable discharge (DD256/ DD214) (NDI 75 for Canadians) and a death certificate.

Reserve Personnel

Active Cadets

U.S Coast Guard Personnel

Active member of the National Guard

Uniformed members of the USPHS (U.S Public Health Services)

Retired Personnel

Retired member of the National Guard

Honorably Discharged member of the National Guard

Veterans, defined as: Individuals who have actively served in the Military for at least two years or during a wartime period and have been honorably discharged.

Required Proof of Eligibility

Must be submitted within 72 hours of booking for cruises outside one week prior to sailing and within 24 hours for cruises within one week prior to sailing

Verification includes ONE of the following:

  • Copy of the military LES (Leave and Earning statement) - provided the social security number is blackened out.
  • Copy of military retirement papers (DD214 or DD256)
  • Copy of proof of honorable discharge (Form DD214)
  • Proof for Cadets: A letter from his/her Commander or a copy of a military paystub, (provided the social security number is blackened out)

Canadian Documentation:

  • Copy of NDI 20 (Active Members)
  • Copy of NDI 75 (Members that have been honorably discharged and have served at least 10 years)

Note: Carnival does offer promotions from time to time where Military personnel can extend the discounted rate onto staterooms for their friends and family

Disney

Benefit:

Discounted rates on select sailings

Who Qualifies

At least one guest in the stateroom must be classified as the following:

Active Personnel

  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Marines
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. National Guard
  • U.S. Army Reserve
  • U.S. Department of Defense personnel.

*Active duty or retired military personnel and 100% permanently disabled veterans do not have to travel as long as their spouse has a valid military ID.

Required Proof of Eligibility

All forms of identification must be presented at time of check-in:

  • Military personnel will be required to present valid military identification at time of check-in
  • Activated members (or spouse) of the U.S. National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve must also show active duty orders (active duty papers must be dated as of January 1st of the previous year to qualify).

*Offer limited to a maximum of 1 stateroom per sailing. Exceptions will be made for Military personnel with immediate family members exceeding stateroom capacity.

Holland America

Benefit:

Discounted rates on select sailings (savings also extended to Teachers, EMTs, Firefighters, Police Officers)

Who Qualifies

At least one guest in the stateroom must be classified as the following:

  • Active Military Personnel
  • EMTs
  • Firefighters
  • Police Officers
  • Teachers

Required Proof of Eligibility

Teachers: must show proof of employment as a teacher by supplying Teacher's Certification, union card or letter from principal on school letterhead with deposit.

EMTs, Firefighters, Police Officers, and all branches of active duty military (including US Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, National Guard, Reservists & US Merchant Marine): must show proof of eligibility in the form of a copy of badge, or official ID. (Please black out Social Security # prior to submitting military ID). *You must also be able to show ID at pier upon request.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Benefit:

Discounted rates on select sailings

Who Qualifies

At least one guest in the stateroom must be classified as the following:

Active Personnel

  • Department of the Army
  • Department of the Navy
  • Department of the Air Force
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • National Guard Bureau
  • Reserves
  • Canadian National Defense

Retired Personnel

Veterans

Honorably Discharged

Widows

Required Proof of Eligibility

All forms of identification must be presented at time of check-in

Active Personnel

  • Proper identification in the form of a United States Uniformed Services WHITE Identification Card for U.S. military personnel, and a WHITE N.D.21 Identification Card with a Red Canadian Flag displayed for Canadian National Defense personnel, must be presented at time of check-in.

Retired Personnel

  • Proper identification must be in the form of a United States Uniformed BLUE Identification Card or United States Uniformed TAN Identification Card. Retired Canadian National Defense personnel are eligible and must possess the same white card as described above for active personnel.

Veterans

  • Proof of Military Service

Honorably Discharged

  • United States Uniformed BLUE Identification Card or in the form of a DD 214

*Military ID required to qualify for the offer. At least one guest in a stateroom must be active or retired US or Canadian military personnel to qualify for Military rate



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