Picture this. You’re sipping a cocktail under the warm rays of the Caribbean sun. Music plays in the background and a buzz of holiday-makers surround the pool, chatting about their days. 

You start thinking, “I’d love to come back here” or “Maybe next time I’ll stay for longer?” Before you know it, plans of your next getaway start being formulated in your head and you’re already wondering when you’re free next year.

We’ve all done it. So why not book on-board? All cruise lines have a Future Cruise or Next Cruise desk, where you can look up the latest deals and promotions should you wish to book your next sailing whilst you’re there. And it’s really worth it – here’s why.


Even if you like the sound of a particular sailing or ship when you book your cruise, you can change many of the cruise details, including the dates, up until your final payment is due. This means if you get home and fancy something a little different or your travel plans change, you can amend your booking and still reap all of the same benefits!

Family holiday on the beach


Many cruise lines offer exclusive discounts and cruise deals for cruisers who book their next sailing while on-board. These include money off your cruise fare or to spend on-board your next cruise, which definitely helps keep costs down. Some cruise lines even include money into your cruise account for the sailing you are on at the time, meaning you can treat yourselves AND look forward to your next cruise.

Low deposits

Book on-board deals quite often include low deposits, meaning you don’t need to worry about forking out for your next cruise as soon as you book it. Your holiday kitty is safe for cocktails and souvenirs, and it gives you a bit of time to save for your next one!

Couple on the balcony - Cunard

Reduced prices

If you’re planning a cruise with the family, book on-board include reduced prices or on-board spend for additional passengers. These benefits mean you can look forward to a sailing with your loved ones whilst having a little extra in your pocket.


Cruise lines love to treat their passengers. So when you book on-board they can sometimes offer pre-paid gratuities or on-board packages for WiFi or dining. What’s not to love about a good freebie thrown in with your cruise?

Bar staff on-board Celebrity Cruises

Personal service

When you book your cruise on-board, all of your details are transferable to your travel agent of choice. This means you can speak to the same people who booked your current sailing, who know your preferences and favourite cruise lines. Our Cruise Concierge team at Cruise118 are able to pick up your on-board booking and offer our own perks on top of the cruise lines.

Book on-board your next cruise

Here at Cruise118, we will keep you updated with the latest offers and exclusives for booking on-board. This means you don’t miss out on securing a great deal for your next sailing. Look out for our emails and letters ahead of your next sailing and see how you can take advantage of exclusive benefits when you book on-board.

Have you ever booked a cruise on-board? Do you love to plan ahead for your holidays? Let us know in the comments below.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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