Royal Caribbean Lets Passengers Pay for Late Departure from Ships

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Royal Caribbean recently tested and is now expanding a program that goes like this: You pay $35 to stay on your ship a few extra hours.

The program proved popular on two ships, and now the cruise line has rolled out "Late Departure" to all eight of its ships in Europe.

With "Late Departure" you can stay on your ship through lunchtime on your day of departure, rather than having to get off with everyone else in the early a.m. That's a particular benefit, of course, if you have a late flight or can't check into a post-cruise hotel before afternoon.

You can use ship facilities including the pool, fitness center and spa, but cannot hang out in your cabin, since it needs to be fixed up for the next passenger - you need to vacate your cabin by 9 a.m.

Your luggage will be stored while you're on the ship. You do have to be off by 90 minutes before the next sailing.

The program is $35 for adults, $17.50 for kids ages 3-17, and free for kids under age 3.

Photo, jorgebrazil, flickr
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