Latest Cruise Deals for Federal Employees and Retirees

May 13, 2019 4:06 PM , Updated May 23, 2019 9:53 AM
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For those Feds who have not yet finalized their vacation plans for 2019, here is a rundown of the best cruise offers available right now. Many of these are exclusively available through agencies that work with Feds only, so you can contact one of the companies below to take advantage of these deals.

Caribbean Cruises

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ven on popular cruises like Thanksgiving, Christmas and summer vacation dates, so make sure to always check for those.

Bermuda Cruises

If you are looking for an alternative to the Caribbean, Bermuda is a great option because it combines miles of amazing beaches, lots of history, great golf opportunities, and cruises as short as 5-days long.

The Bermuda season is shorter than the Caribbean (cruises sail between May and October only) but for many Feds, a Bermuda cruise is just a short ride or flight away (cruises leave from either New York, Baltimore or Boston).

Royal Caribbean has a brand new ship that sails 5-day Bermuda cruises from New York and they have some great Fed prices right now starting from $479 per person for an Inside cabin and $703 per person for a Balcony cabin. In addition, Feds can get up to $150 onboard spending money and sometimes even a free specialty restaurant dinner on some Bermuda cruises booked in May.

Celebrity Cruises completely renovated their Bermuda ship, the Celebrity Summit, just a few months ago and and they now have one of the most stylish ships to sail from New York. They are offering Feds prices as low as $625 per person for a 7-day Bermuda cruise and on many dates Feds can also get free parking at the port, free drinks and up to $350 onboard spending money.

Alaska Cruises

Alaska’s cruising season is quite short – from late May to the end of September – but for Feds looking for a last-minute summer cruise, there are some amazingly low prices right now.

Norwegian Cruise Lines has the best prices for Feds on Alaska cruises right now – from $349 per person for an inside cabin and $699 per person for a balcony cabin. In addition, they offer extras like free drinks, free dinners at their specialty restaurants, up to $200 onboard money, and the newest and most impressive ships sailing to Alaska this summer. Both the Norwegian Joy and the Norwegian Bliss were built in the last year and they feature a car racing track, laser tag, a water park and 20+ restaurants and bars, so they are perfect for passengers of all ages.

Princess Cruises has the most ships sailing to Alaska this summer – both from Seattle and Vancouver. They have both smaller, more intimate ships, and larger, more fun and active ships.

Fed prices start from $399 per person for a cruise from Vancouver and $499 per person for a cruise from Seattle and many ships still have cabins available. In addition, Princess is offering pre-paid gratuities and up to $500 onboard spending money for some of their cruises booked in May.

Bahamas Cruises

For Feds looking for a quick getaway, cruises to the Bahamas are a great option. 4-day cruises leave from Florida year-round and Royal Caribbean has two completely renovated ships that go to the Bahamas every week from either Miami or Port Canaveral.

Special Fed rates start from $349 per person for an oceanivew cabin and $469 per person for a balcony cabin. Both the Mariner of the Seas and the Navigator of the Seas offer many of the amenities that the newest Royal Caribbean ships offer (water slides, Escape Room, laser tag, Broadway musicals and a dozen of different restaurants) as just a fraction of the price.

European Cruises

View of a river boat on the river canal in Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

Similar to Alaska, the European cruise season is relatively short – ships move to Europe in May and return back to the US in October/November.

Most ships sail the Mediterranean Sea (Spain, Italy, Greece), but some also sail Northern Europe, Scandinavia and the British Isles. Because of the high demand and the limited number of ships sailing Europe, prices are typically much higher than other destinations, but there are still some good deals to be had right now.

Celebrity Cruises has their newest ship – the Celebrity Edge – sailing the Mediterranean this summer and for a limited time they are offering free drinks, pre-paid gratuities, free internet and up to $400 onboard spending money on many of their cruises. And, kids can sail for free on many dates on the Edge – a great option for families.

In addition, Feds can take advantage of special discounted rates and pre-paid gratuities on the other Celebrity ships, so many sure to ask for those extras.

Norwegian Cruises sails 7-day Mediterranean cruises between Barcelona and Rome throughout the summer and fall, and Fed prices start from just $629 per person. Special offers include free drinks, a free bottle of wine, excursion credits and up to $200 onboard money on select dates. 

River Cruises

Viking River Cruises, the most popular river cruise line in the US, is currently having a great promotion for Feds, where they can save thousands of dollars on many 2019 and 2020 river cruises in Germany, France, Portugal, Holland and Central Europe.

During the sale, Feds can get discounted rates, free or reduced airfare to Europe, reduced deposits and several hundred dollars of onboard spending money. River cruise ships are typically much smaller than ocean ships (only about 200 people can fit on a river cruise) and include all excursions, drinks, gratuities and many other extras in the cost of the cruise so they are a very good option for those looking for a culture-filled, adults-only cruise experience (kids under 16 are not allowed on most river cruises).

Additional Discounts

In addition to all of the great deals above, there are further discounts for residents of certain states as well as Feds and retirees aged 55 and over, so always ask for those special rates when you contact one of the Fed travel agencies below. Those discounts are typically not available during peak travel times and holiday cruises, so being flexible with your travel plans can help you get the best price.

Agencies that offer special deals for Federal Employees & Retirees

  • is an agency that works exclusively with government employees and retirees. They work directly with the major cruise lines to offer the best cruise deals, discounted rates and extras on hundreds of cruises each year. In many cases they can save you hundreds of dollars compared to booking directly with the cruise lines.
  • GovVacationRewards – sign up with your government or military ID to receive vacation credits, points towards free travel and discounts on hotels, cruises and attractions.
  • GovArm – this company offers services ranging from condominium rentals, cruises, car rentals, hotel reservations, and vacation packages for federal government employees

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About the Author

A veteran of the travel industry, Poli Marinova is a travel blogger, avid cruiser and a federal employee spouse who is always looking for the next best vacation deal. As the co-founder of, she negotiates directly with cruise lines to get exclusive deals for federal employees.