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For those Frequent Floaters who enjoy living the resort life on and off the ship, American Express recently rolled out a targeted deal with RESORTPASS: for $20 off a purchase of $100 or more. Enrollment is required and terms apply.
To be honest, I’d never heard of RESORTPASS before. But after taking a look at their website it may be something I look to use on a future cruise. For those who have visited a popular port in the Caribbean multiple times, chances are you’ve already done all of the excursions and wandering you care to do. Which leaves a choice – do I stay on the ship and enjoy a quiet day when most of my fellow passengers are away (never a bad idea), or do I want a beach or pool day with much bigger facilities than you can find even on the largest of ships? If you’re leaning toward the latter choice, that’s where RESORTPASS comes in.
With access to resorts in 250 cities, 35 states, and more than 1,000 hotels, there are quite a few options. For our Frequent Floaters I did a search of available resorts in the Caribbean (note: not all resorts are convenient from cruise ports, but the search engine is easy to use to determine what might work for you). Mexico tops the list with 25 followed by 6 each in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Belize. After that St. Kitts & Nevis has four and The Bahamas has three. With two each are Aruba, USVI, Trinidad & Tobago, Saint Lucia, Panama, and Jamaica. Finally, Barbados, Colombia, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Turks & Caicos, St. Barts, and St. Martin each have one option.
Let’s take a closer look by checking Nassau in The Bahamas. RESORTPASS has four options available ranging in price for a DAY PASS per person of $23 to $146. Each option includes the name of the resort and a picture. There are customer reviews and ratings and helpful icons showing what specific amenities are available on property.
I selected the Graycliff Hotel, entered an upcoming date in October, and a number of packages pull up to choose from. First there’s more information on the resort.
The base resort package is $100 per adult and $75 per child and includes full access to the pools, lounge chairs, towel service, a 3-course lunch with 2 drinks, free WiFi, and complimentary parking. Additional food and beverages available for purchase. They also have a number of Add-on Packages and experiences even including a cigar rolling class.
To get a sense of the entire process I selected two of the Adult $100 packages described above and added a $75 cigar rolling class for one person. For the class there were three set times to choose from. From there I went to my cart. The sub-total was $275 ($100 x 2 + $75 x 1) plus a Platform Fee of $24.06 (8.75% of the sub-total) and tax of $63.50 for a grand total of $362.56. Some of the other options were more a la carte and had much lower costs, but did not include food or drinks.
Now I would want to compare this cost to an excursion offered by my cruise line, but based on previous experience with Nassau pricing this seems like it’s in the right neighborhood. For more information on booking your own excursions check out why I’m a big fan of booking excursions early and read about René’s thoughts on whether you should always book your excursions through your cruise line.
How do you register for this offer? I received the offer on a number of my American Express cards but elected to put the offer on my American Express® Gold Card. For those with multiple cards in your household targeted by this offer, you may want to split your bookings to maximize your savings. The offer is good through September 30, 2023. – Michael
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