In the past, booking a cruise meant paying a deposit up-front – and then remembering to pay the balance of the cruise off by the time final payment is due. And, despite the fact that most of us have the best intentions to pay in little bite-sized increments between deposit and final payment, most of us would probably also agree that, come due date, we’re paying the big lump-sum we’d hoped to avoid.

Carnival Cruise Line is changing that with its new EasyPay program. Under the program, the credit card on file is charged each month for three months in three equal installments, beginning 30 days after the initial deposit.

Carnival’s new EasyPay program makes paying off your cruise balance a snap. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Carnival doesn’t charge any fees for the program, which cruisers can sign up for at the time of booking, either through Carnival’s website; via their local travel agent; or by calling the Carnival call centre.

It’s a great idea that takes that full cost of the cruise and distributes it over a number of months to make it more manageable – not to mention avoiding that large payment that’s always typically due by the final payment deadline.

Carnival says the EasyPay program is available for any of its cruises that are booked more than 90 days out. No word yet if the program will be expanded to other Carnival Corporation & PLC lines

 

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