Are All Deposits Non-refundable? No. The following cruise fares will have non-refundable deposits. All suites, guarantee options, and general non-refundable fares. If you choose a refundable fare, this won't apply to you.
What is the fee? The cancellation/change fee will be $100 per person per change. 4 people = $400. If you change the ship or sail date, the fee will be incurred. If you change the ship/sail date 3 times, that means you will be charged the fee 3 times. You get the idea.
What about cancellations? If you cancel before final payment you will be issued a Future Cruise Certificate valid 1 year from the cancellation in the dollar amount which you placed as a deposit.
What is the benefit? For a regular stateroom (non-suite or non-guarantee) the non-refundable rate will be the lowest rate available. If booked more than 6 months out there is also a booking incentive (see chart below). So, if you're 100% confident you will be going on the trip it is a nice option to help save some money!
Will trip insurance cover the cancellation fee? Royal Caribbean Travel Protection will not cover the non-refundable portion. Outside insurance providers will make the determination based on their own terms and conditions. Having a good travel agent can help you maneuver through these things ;)
Is this combinable with other promotions? That depends. Nonrefundable deposit fares are combinable with promotional onboard credit offers, Crown & Anchor discounts, and NextCruise benefits. Such fares are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, standard group, interline, travel agent, travel agent friends & family, net as well as weekly sales events and shareholder benefits.
When will this begin? July 1st, 2017.