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Cruise Hacking – Free Cruises, Maximizing Offers, Status Matching & CRAZY Prices Right Now

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Cruise Hacking – Free Cruises, Maximizing Offers, Status Matching & CRAZY Prices Right Now

In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast Shawn will discuss all of the craziness in the cruise industry and some amazing deals you don’t want to miss out on before the cruise industry returns to normal. Recorded from his Transatlantic cruise somewhere in the middle of the ocean, he discusses strategies for saving on the 3 major mass market cruise lines (Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL) plus how you can utilize casino and hotel status to get free cruises & more. Plus Ellie joins in to review the Carnival Pride from a kids perspective. Enjoy!

Episode Notes
  • 01:55 – Why Shawn has 6 cruises booked right now
  • 02:38 – Carnival Fun Match – Status match for free cruises
  • 06:18 – Types of Carnival offers & what to do if they don’t offer you a free cruise
  • 08:39 – Carnival casino match on board experience – How it works
  • 10:51 – Maximizing Carnival free cruise offers
  • 11:16 – Carnival Pride mini review
  • 16:42 – Ellie’s review of Carnival Pride from a kid’s perspective
  • 18:40 – Maximizing gift cards, cashback offers & more
  • 20:00 – Saving big on Royal Caribbean & being opportunistic
  • 20:52 – Utilizing Royal Caribbean & MGM Rewards partnership
  • 22:21 – Transferring a cruise to a travel agent for free
  • 23:28 – Royal Caribbean’s RoyalUp. Amazing upgrade opportunities
  • 27:04 – Cruise line past guest offers are amazing right now
  • 32:06 – How NCL is pricing their cruise deals
  • 33:22 – Comparing Carnival, Royal Caribbean & NCL
  • 34:43 – One last way to get casino offers on cruise ships
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Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. I wish you would mention the Roll Calls on

    Roll Calls are individual online forums for every sailing of every major cruise ship. The Roll Call I’m on, for the Carnival Pride cruise next month to Norway, currently is up to 393 posts. Through it I’ve learned about a recommended operator for land excursions in almost all the ports we will visit…I would never have heard of her otherwise.

    I hope the remainder of your transatlantic cruise is enjoyable, and I appreciate all the good information in the podcast.


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