(5:10 p.m. EDT) -- Passengers wishing to book future cruises with Royal Caribbean while aboard a current sailing will notice a couple of changes to the line's NextCruise program: onboard credit that can't be used immediately and the elimination of reduced deposits.
Effective on each ship's first August sailing, onboard deposits will now be the same as the deposits required for bookings made elsewhere. According to a Frequently Asked Questions PDF on the NextCruise website, shoreside deposit amounts range from $100 to $450, depending on the length of the cruise booked.
Onboard credits, which could previously be used on the current sailing, will now only be available for use on a future voyage. (Passengers who utilize the nonrefundable deposit option will have the choice to use the credits on a future sailing or apply them as a discount on the cost of the sailing being booked.) The PDF says the change is in response to the lack of popularity of immediate-use onboard credit.
The news was broken by members on the Cruise Critic message boards, who noticed that the changes were quietly rolled out.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor