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Major savings from these Amex Offers will make you want to try cruising

Nov. 02, 2021
7 min read
Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas
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If you’re thinking of booking a cruise soon and have an American Express card, you may be in line for a deal. American Express is targeting cardholders for discounts on some of the most popular cruise lines through its Amex Offers program.

Whether you're looking for family-friendly fun, hands-on adventure or a sophisticated sojourn at sea, there is a cruise line to suit every taste. These offers may even motivate you to try cruising for the first time.

Here's a look at some currently available Amex cruise offers. Remember that these are targeted, which means not every cardholder will receive them. And, you must enroll in each specific Amex Offer in order to redeem it.

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CARNIVAL, PRINCESS, HOLLAND AMERICA LINE, SEABOURN AND CUNARD

Cunard Line's flagship, the 2,695-passenger Queen Mary 2. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest cruise vacation company, markets its nine cruise brands collectively as "World’s Leading Cruise Lines." Five of those brands, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland American Line, Seabourn and Cunard Line are targeted in this offer from The Platinum Card® from American Express, Spend $1,500 or more on a booking, and you'll receive a one-time statement credit of $400. These lines cover a broad spectrum of the cruise experience, so whether you're looking for a lively weekend getaway or a once-in-a lifetime Atlantic crossing this is a great deal. The offer expires on Dec. 31, 2021.

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Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Edge entering Port Everglades (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

We've found two different offers for Celebrity Cruises. If you spend $500 or more on your cruise with your Amex Platinum Card, you'll receive a one-time statement credit of $150. This offer expires on March 27, 2022.

(Screenshot courtesy of American Express)

If you have an Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express, you may be looking at a bonus of 15,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $500 or more on a Celebrity Cruises booking. As with its Platinum counterpart, the offer expires on March 27, 2022.

The information for the Amex EveryDay Credit card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

(Screenshot courtesy American Express)

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Epic Plunge on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic. (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line).

If you have an Amex EveryDay Credit Card, you may be eligible to receive 12,500 membership points if you spend $500 or more on a Norwegian Cruise Line booking. The offer expires on Feb. 27, 2022.

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Amex Platinum cardholders have a different offer awaiting after spending $500 or more on a Norwegian Cruise Line booking. Namely, a credit of $125. This offer also expires on Feb. 27, 2022.

(Screenshot courtesy of American Express)

Regent Seven Seas cruises

Amex Platinum cardholders can receive an additional 5 Membership Rewards for each dollar spent on a Regent Seven Seas Cruises booking, up to 40,000 points.

(Screenshot courtesy of American Express)

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas anchored at Labadee in Haiti. (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean operates the largest ships at sea, and Amex is offering some proportionately large discounts on this line. One version of the deal offers $350 back on a booking of $1,000 or more. That’s more than one-third off the booking price, a great discount by any measure. The offer expires on Dec. 31, 2021. Additionally, our friends at FrequentMiler report a more lucrative version of this offer ($500 back on a $1,500 booking) so be sure to check your Amex account to see your personalized deal.

Screenshot courtesy of American Express.

Silversea

A stint on the ultra-luxury line Silversea looks especially enticing with this offer. Cardholders can earn an additional 5 Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent, up to 40,000 points. Bookings must be made by Dec. 20, 2021.

(Screenshot courtesy of American Express)

Bottom Line

If you're a cruise fan or have never embarked on a cruise vacation, Amex is giving you a reason to give cruising a shot. Check your account to see if you have been targeted for one of the offers above, or even something else. If you do see the deal, it’s best to add it right away, as it might disappear (some offers are capacity controlled). Here's another tip: only 100 Amex Offers are visible at one time. So, if you’re at capacity, add offers to your card and new ones may appear.

If you need to fly to or from your cruise port, Amex Travel will give you 5 points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year) and 5 points per dollar on prepaid hotels booked on Amex Travel.

If you’re not an American Express cardholder, you might consider applying for one. The Platinum Card® from American Express is offering a welcome bonus of 80,000 Membership Rewards Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases within the first six months of card membership. You may also be eligible for a targeted 125,000- or 150,000-point bonus offer using the CardMatch tool (offers are subject to change at any time). This offer comes with 10x points at restaurants worldwide and when you “Shop Small” on up to the first $25,000 in combined eligible spending for the first six months that you have the card.

Related: How to use the CardMatch tool to get better credit card welcome offers

If the Platinum Card isn’t for you, read our guide on choosing the best American Express card that suits your style.


Editor’s note: This is The Points Guy’s permanent page for Amex Offers on cruise line travel. It will be updated as new ones are released.

Featured image by Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas sailing in the Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023