The cruise line's “Heroes Pass” will allow U.S. military service members police, fire, EMS personnel, and teachers to sail on unlimited, non-consecutive cruises to the Bahamas next year.
Margaritaville at Sea is celebrating Veterans Day early with a new pass offering unlimited cruises to military service members, first responders, and teachers for less than $300.
The new “Heroes Pass” will allow U.S. military service members — both active duty and veterans — police, fire, EMS personnel, and teachers to sail on unlimited, non-consecutive cruises to the Bahamas on board the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise through the end of 2024, the company shared with Travel + Leisure. Pass holders can then bring one guest with them.
The new pass comes on the heels of the company’s “Ultimate Paradise Pass,” which offers unlimited cruises starting at $999.
“The Heroes Pass is another way to show our gratitude to the hardest-working people out there, tirelessly supporting our communities,” Christopher Ivy, the CEO of Margaritaville at Sea, said in a statement provided to T+L. “In our first two years, we’ve launched the unprecedented Heroes Sail Free program, as well as the cruise industry’s first season pass. We’re excited to add the Heroes Pass as a way for our heroes to relax with a quick escape to the Bahamas, as often as they want.”
Travelers who book a trip with the new “Heroes Pass” will be assigned the best available inside or ocean view stateroom when they check in at the terminal. The pass does not include taxes, fees, port expenses, gratuities, fuel surcharges, or onboard expenses.
Pass holders must pay booking fees of $19.99 per stateroom, per sailing in 2023; $29.99 per stateroom for Sunday through Wednesday departures in 2024; and $49.99 per stateroom for Thursday through Saturday departures in 2024.
There’s also a catch: sailings reserved with the pass can only be booked 24 to 72 hours in advance. There are also several blackout dates: including Nov. 23, Dec. 31, May 25, 2024, Aug. 30, 2024, and Dec. 31, 2024.
The late Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at Sea cruise line first launched in May 2022 featuring nautical-themed passenger cabins as well as multiple restaurants and bars like the JWB Prime Steakhouse and the 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar.
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