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Packed with opportunities to bump up the bar on adventure, a Royal Caribbean® cruise is the memory-maxing holiday of a lifetime! From mastering mega-waves on Flowrider® and defying gravity on RipCord® by iFly® to experiencing West End spectaculars and encore-worthy cuisine, an ocean of all-inclusive play awaits. The icing on the cake? You can score incredible cruise deals on bucket-list European cruises from Southampton and beyond. Read on for the inside scoop on getting the most value for your dream holiday!

1. When is the best time to get the best cruise deals?

Throughout the year, Royal Caribbean® runs special limited time promotions and offers – which is why the importance of signing up for our newsletter bears repeating! One of the biggest events is our signature Black Friday Sale, but significant savings can also be found with other seasonal sales as well as our last minute cruise deals.

2. To get the best price, how far ahead should I book a cruise?

When it comes to when to book, you may be wondering: does the early bird really get the worm, or are there perks to procrastinating? Planning ahead is a great way to nab big savings, as Royal Caribbean® often runs early saver deals to guests booking well in advance. Also, the closer you get to your preferred sail date, availability goes down, usually driving prices up. The net-net: booking ahead is a surefire way to lock in a great cruise deal, while waiting entails some risk. That said, booking a cruise at the last minute can also yield unexpected savings — but only if the itinerary you’re interested in isn’t sold out yet!

3. Are Royal Caribbean® cruises all-inclusive?

With the incredible variety of next-level experiences included in your cruise from Southampton – or from any other Royal Caribbean port, for that matter! – your holiday can be completely all-inclusive, if you so choose. The majority of onboard activities are complimentary – including the Rock Climbing Wall, RipCord® by iFly®, the bumper cars at Seaplex® and other guest favourites – filling your every waking moment with thrills that don’t carry a price tag! Also included are some of the best shows and entertainment to be had at sea; a lineup of games, parties, parades and other events; and the educational fun of Adventure Ocean® Youth Program, tailored for different age groups. When the need to refuel between adventures strikes, you’ll be strapped to choose between fast bites at craveable eateries like Sorrento’s Pizza, Windjammer’s global bounty served buffet-style, and the white-tablecloth epicurean experience of the Main Dining Room. All included in your fare, of course. For die-hard foodies intent on savouring speciality restaurants, a Speciality Dining Package covers meals at other standout restaurants in our fleet. And if lounging by the pool means holding something tall and frosty in your hand, our Speciality Beverage Package may be just the thing. It extends unlimited access to drinks, including alcoholic beverages, freeing you up to simply focus on enjoying your epic European cruise!

4. Do cruise prices get lower closer to the sail date?

If you’re not dead set on a certain date and destination, there is cruise gold to be had with last-minute cruise deals! Embrace the uncharted possibilities and you may discover new favourite ports and adventures! Whether you have in mind a mini-holiday or a longer escape, and a European cruise or sailings in other corners of the world, last-minute cruise deals send you off with extra gold in your pocket!

5. When is the best time to book a 2024 cruise?

The long and short of it is: Now! Itineraries for 2024 are out, along with early saver and last-minute cruise deals. Dive in, it’s time to score!


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