What are Interline Cruise Rates?

February 21, 2023

If you're lucky enough to fall upon this article, you're also lucky enough to know that such a thing as interline cruise rates exist. :) And that means you're probably in the travel industry. Yahoo! We're also in the travel industry and work with travel advisors!

So what exactly are these interline cruise rates, who can use them, which cruise lines offer them, and how can you book them? Have a seat and we'll break it all down for you! (Unless you're walking while reading this. Then take a seat at your own risk.)

What are Interline Cruise Rates?

Here's a short explanation that doesn't quite tell the entire story: Cruise line interline rates are a special class of discounted fares cruise lines offer to employees of airlines.

Cruise line interline rates are a special class of discounted fares cruise lines offer to employees of airlines.

Who can Use Cruise Line Interline Rates?

But that's not all folks! In a time where companies often cut perks and rarely add them, I'm convinced the cruise lines either have forgotten about their interline rates, or are the NICEST people in the world! Here's why:

  1. You can be an active or retired employee of the airline.
  2. Interline rates aren't just for employees! It's almost always extended to their immediate family members as well (but may be at a higher rate).
  3. And the cruise lines don't just spread the interline rate love to airlines, people! Depending on the cruise line, these interline rates are offered to GDS employees, IATA employees, the often forgotten, but oh-so-important air traffic controllers that keep us all safe, and cargo airline companies—looking at you DHL, UPS, and FedEx employees!

Isn't that amazingly generous in this dog-eat-dog world?! (Apologies if your canine finds that offensive like mine do. Old habits die hard.)

And here's the truth. I'm still going to think cruise lines are the nicest people in the world, because that's just a nice thought to have, but the reality is that cruise lines offer these rates on sailings where there are extra rooms to fill. And who better to offer these rooms to than airline employees, who can fly non-rev (non-revenue) at a deeply discounted rate on super short notice? A match made in heaven, if you ask me. :)

If you qualify for interline rates, expect to show proof of employment to the booking agency.

Which Cruise Lines offer Interline Rates?

Pretty much all of the major lines (and some of the smaller lines). Even some river cruise lines offer interline rates! Here's a list of just some of the cruise lines that offer interline rates:

  1. AmaWaterways
  2. Azamara
  3. Carnival Cruise Line
  4. Celebrity Cruises
  5. Club Med
  6. Costa Cruises
  7. Cunard Line
  8. Disney Cruise Line
  9. Emerald Waterways
  10. Holland America Line
  11. Hurtigruten
  12. MSC Cruises
  13. Norwegian Cruise Line
  14. Oceania Cruises
  15. Paul Gaugin Cruises
  16. Princess Cruise Line
  17. Regent Seven Seas
  18. Royal Caribbean
  19. Seabourn Cruises
  20. SeaDream Yacht Club
  21. Scenic Cruises
  22. Silversea
  23. Uniworld Cruises
  24. Virgin Voyages
  25. Windstar Cruises

And the boring disclaimer for you: Interline rates may not be available on all cruise itineraries and are subject to availability at the time of booking. It's worth noting that interline rates may also have certain restrictions and exclusions, such as blackout dates, that may not apply to regular fares. They also may not always be the lowest rate available. Boooor-ing.

Read on because in our next section, we'll cover why you may not always have access to all these interline rates, even if you meet all the qualifications.

How and Where to Book an Interline Cruise Rate

So here's the thing about interline rates, they're special! Not only are they only for a certain group of people and on specific sailings, but you can't just book them anywhere. You have gots to book interline rates with a special travel agency that has contracts with the cruise lines to sell these fares.

The nice thing is, you don't have to book them yourself and get to use the amazing services of a travel agency!

We love travel advisors here so if you haven't used an agency before, let us introduce you to the 3 real-life ways travel agencies can save you money AND the advantages of booking with an advisor vs. booking online. Seriously. Support a small business that works hard in the travel industry like you, instead of a large corporate conglomerate!

Okay, enough of my PSA. :) Here's a list of some of the agencies out there that are approved to sell interline cruise rates:

  1. A.B.Sea (get it?!?!)
  2. AirlineStaffRates.com
  3. ID90 Travel
  4. InsiderTravel
  5. InterlineRates.com
  6. InterlineTravel.com
  7. MyInterline.com
  8. Perx

Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments!

Not an Airline Employee but Want Interline Rates?

Ugh, that was totally a clickbait heading because you really can't get interline rates unless you meet the qualifications. But do not despair!! Because there's another career in the travel industry that allows you access to some stellar rates as well. A travel advisor! (No, it's not a dead career in the least!)

If you're curious about great rates (and how can you not be if you're on this article?), check out our free PDF of 200+ travel agent rates. :)

Are Interline Rates Commissionable for Travel Advisors?

Good news for you: Interline rates are commissionable for travel advisors! Yeah, let that sink in. Sounds like an awesome niche to me.

More on how travel advisor commissions work.

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About the Author
Steph Lee - Host Agency Reviews

Steph Lee

Steph grew up in the travel industry. She worked with thousands of agents in her role as a former host agency director before leaving in 2012 to start HAR. She's insatiably curious, loves her pups Fennec and Orion, and -- in case you haven't noticed -- is pretty quirky and free-spirited.

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