How to Use Your Princess Cruise Credits

Use your onboard credit for purchases on board, like cocktails by the pool

If you earned cruise credit for your next vacation, you have every reason to splurge on yourself. Think of Princess® Future Cruise Credits as store credit to purchase another cruise for the future, but it only applies to your cruise fare. When sailing on cruises with onboard credit, you can redeem it for several services and purchases on board, or immerse yourself in the destination with an enriching shore excursion. Here’s everything to know about how you can use your cruise credits and how you can redeem them on your next booking.

Types of Cruise Credits

Princess offers two different types of credits: Future Cruise Credits (FCC) and onboard credits (OBC). It’s important to understand the differences between the two, as they can be applied to different items.

Future Cruise Credits

Future Cruise Credits may only be used toward the fare of your next Princess booking. They may not be used for any "additions", like transfers, taxes, airfare, excursions or land-only tours. Redeeming Future Cruise Credits is easy, as they're automatically applied to your next booking. If you have more credits than the cost of your cruise fare, you can apply the remaining credits to other future bookings — just be sure to use it before the expiration date.

Future Cruise Credits will appear under your profile in My Princess®. These may take up to 60 days to appear in your account, and you will receive a notification when they're ready. If you need to book a cruise before then or if you do not want the Future Cruise Credits applied to a booking, please call the Contact Center.

Onboard Credit

Onboard credit can be used to purchase products or services after you've boarded your ship. This term is often used interchangeably with "onboard spending money" and is typically a part of promotional offers. You can apply onboard credit to:

  • Shore excursions
  • Beverages
  • Items from the Shops at Princess
  • Services at the Lotus Spa®

You may notice that you can book shore excursions through Cruise Personalizer and your onboard credit can be used for shore excursion purchases online. Other additions like specialty dining, spa treatments and beverage packages can be reserved and paid for via onboard credits post-embarkation. Upon checkout in Cruise Personalizer, your onboard credit will automatically be applied to the payment due for your shore excursion but can be removed by unchecking the "onboard credit applied" box on the "Reservation Summary" screen.

If you're attempting to book another shore excursion within 24 hours of requesting a refund on a previously booked shore excursion, you will see your refund amount under "Previous Payments Received". This amount will automatically be applied to the new shore excursion before it transfers to your bank.

Excursions can also be booked on board, along with all other items listed above. Purchases will be added to your stateroom balance, and onboard credits will be automatically applied at the end of your cruise vacation before your credit card is charged.

Getting Started

Whether you reserved your cruise through a promotion or booked a future cruise on board, cruise credit is our way of saying thank you for choosing Princess and trusting that we deliver the highest-level of vacation at sea. From indulging in a massage to embarking on a shore excursion, make the most of your cruise credit when you sail with Princess.