If there’s one thing we Canadian travelers are sensitive to, it’s how much our dollar relates to the dollar of our neighbours to the south.  While we have had some recent history where the loonie was trading for more than an American greenback, we’re quite accustomed with it being the other way.  In fact, no more than where it sits as of late – just shy of a full quarter less.

So you can imagine my surprise when I was browsing the Cruise Critic forum and came across a post suggesting that Royal Caribbean sells Canadian cruisers onboard credit in $USD for only 10%! That’s right – $100US only sets us back $110.

Radiance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean

Radiance of the Seas – courtesy of Prayltno

The nitty-gritty is this – if you booked through a Canadian travel agent and paid with a Canadian credit card, then you should qualify for the preferred exchange rate. If that’s you, then do the following:

  • Call Royal Caribbean Gifts & Gear at 1-800-722-5443.
  • Ask to pre-purchase onboard credit at the preferred Canadian exchange rate.
  • Enjoy the savings!

Now I will concede that “mileage will vary” depending on who you get on the other side of the phone, but from the forum post it seems just a second phone call back is all that is needed. And for those worried about where the unspent credit goes, you can withdraw at the casino for a 5% premium or simply have the value refunded back to your credit card.

Score, right?

So have any of you travelers taken advantage of this deal or something like it?