Got future cruise credit and you don’t know what it really is and what you can and can’t do? I’m YOUR Cruise Girl and you know I’m here to help, right? Read on to find out what it is and what you can do with it.
What is Future Cruise Credit?
Future cruise credit, also known as FCC (not the Federal Communications Commission 😉), is similar to store credit after you return an item. In this case, you returned a cruise. Cruise lines can do this based on their cancellation policies or sometimes as a gesture in lieu of a cash refund. Just like store credit, you can use this credit toward the purchase of another cruise with their line.
A refund in FCC will usually not include any taxes and fees. Those will be refunded in the form of original payment like the credit or debit card you used.
FCCs are usually non-refundable, so be sure to read the fine print so you don't lose the opportunity to use them.
How Do I Receive FCC?
Once the cruise line has notified you that you'll receive the credit, it could take a few days to a few weeks before the credit is processed. It could be in the form of a voucher that is emailed to you (or your travel agent) or applied to your online account.
How Do I Use My FCC?
The credits are usually broken down by each individual guest on the reservation. You can use your FCC toward the base fare of a new cruise booking for the passengers listed on the FCC. The FCC is non-transferable, so you won't be able to use it to pay for someone else's cruise. You also won't be able to use it to pay your initial deposit (bummer right?). You can call your travel agent or book directly with the cruise line.
What's Not Covered with your Future Cruise Credit?
Depending on the cruise line, you are generally not able to use your FCC to cover the following:
- Port taxes & fees
- Your initial deposit
- Shore excursions
- Onboard spending
Other FCC Notes
- FCCs comes with stipulations such as expiration dates and possible blackout dates. Be sure to read the fine print so you understand how to use your FCC. When in doubt, call the cruise line with questions.
- If the cruise you booked with FCC is canceled, the full amount may be refunded to a new FCC with a new expiration date.
- Make sure you bookmark, print or save your FCC so that you have everything you need when you're ready to book. Also, add the expiration date to your calendar with a 90 day reminder so you don't forget.
- Don't confuse FCC with the Future Cruise Programs many lines offer as a reward for booking a cruise while onboard.
Have you received a Future Cruise Credit? Tell me your experience below in the comments!