I think it depends on your cruise consultant @ the cruise line is and the line traveling. My cruise consultant asked if I served in the military. I told him that I served in the reserves only with no active duty time except for training, which doesnt count as active duty time. I served 6 years in the PA National Guard. I sent Carnival a copy of my DD214 and Honorable Discharge Certificate upon booking the cruise. A week later a Supervisor approved my military discount of $300.00 total for the cabin. I have been told numerous times that this is unusual!
I don't find it unusual at all that they honored a DD214. What I find unusual (but typical of their reservations) is that they obviously don't know anything about the military. Your 2weeks training each year, plus your weekend training adds up to retirement time. Had you stayed in long enough you could eventually have earned enough points for retirement from the military. And they say that doesn't count? They better think again. Which is why when you sent in the DD214 it was honored.
We just booked a 4 day out of Galveston on my husband's military discount ... 2 of us are cruising for $350 total in OV cabin ... comparision, we are doing the 5 day on the same ship in February and with our pp discount, we are paying that per person ... but on February we were upgraded to Empress interior. Oh, and on the $350 cruise, they gave me the same rate for my daughter's cabin.
Is the Veteran's Discount only available to those who are serving or have servied in the US
Armed Forces? What veterans of NATO allies? I defended the other side of the 49th parallel
for 6 1/2 years as a reservist myself.
I dont know who told you that National Guard is not considered military but they are wrong. My husband retired from the Natl Guard and he has benefits that retired military has. He spent only 4 years active duty but still went to Iraq with the Natl Guard. You need to find someone that knows what they are doing.
Rose- They (Carnival) certainly do. And to all those sailing in the same cabin with her. My mom and my daughter (staying in her cabin) received a military discount for my deceased father. You will need a copy of the discharge papers and a copy of the death certificate.
You fax them in after booking and then you will get discount.
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Carnival just told me that the Vet must not only travel, but must be in the cabin that is discounted. It is not a standard % discount. It is a special rate code and varies per sailing. And you must ask for it.
The discount varies with the lenght of the cruise and price of the cruise. I am very happy that Carnival does this. It has saved me quite a bit on the last few cruises we have taken.In my opinion Carnival has really improved a lot over the last few years.I think that RCCL is now more the party line and attracting more of the younger crowd than Carnival.We have been very satisfied, and are planning another one with Carnival. Tom