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From now through Dec. 29, 2023, the new cruise line Margaritaville at Sea is offering a special Heroes Sail Free promotion for military, police, educators, and first responders. Once you verify your status as a member of one of these groups, you’ll get a free 3-day, 2-night cruise to Grand Bahama Island in The Bahamas.

So how exactly does the deal work? And who can you bring? We’ll explain exactly what to know about this Margaritaville at Sea cruise deal.

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Who qualifies for the Margaritaville at Sea free cruise?

A banner from Margaritaville at Sea advertising the Heroes sail free offer on a graphic next to a man in military dress.

The list of groups who qualify for the free Margaritaville at Sea cruise includes active and former military, first responders, law enforcement officers, and educators. To claim your free cruise, you’ll register through the GovX ID platform. Once you’re verified as a GovX ID member, you’ll receive a free fare on an inside or ocean view stateroom. Keep in mind that the free fare excludes port taxes and fees ($88.44 per person) and gratuities ($14.95 per person, per night).

For an additional charge, you can upgrade your suite, but now through Oct. 4, 2022, there’s no fee to upgrade to an ocean view stateroom.

The deal allows for up to two qualified members per stateroom, but you’ll need to call the Contact Center (800-814-7100) if you’ll have more than one verified GovX ID member in a room. Booking two qualified members is not an option online right now.


Can you bring a guest on the ‘Heroes Sail Free’ Margaritaville at Sea cruise?

Two people sunbathing together on the deck of the Margaritaville at Sea cruise ship.

You can bring a guest, but your guest won’t be sailing for free. When you check out, you’ll see the price discount for the qualified member and then separate pricing for the guest.

Related: We have tips for finding last-minute cruise deals any time of year.


How much will the Margaritaville at Sea cruise cost?

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As mentioned above, guests aren’t free. If a hero is cruising alone, all they’ll need to pay are the taxes, fees, port expenses ($88.44), and gratuities ($29.90 for a two-night cruise).

I was able to find Margaritaville at Sea cruise sailings for as cheap as $99 for the guest. For a hero plus a guest, the total was $275.88, including the taxes, fees, and port expenses for an interior room.


Where is the Margaritaville at Sea cruise going to?

A suitcase with a tag that reads, "Dreams float. Margaritaville at Sea

The 3-day, 2-night cruise will depart from the Port of Palm Beach in Florida and sail to Grand Bahama Island in The Bahamas. Margaritaville at Sea offers a “cruise and stay” option to combine your 2-night cruise with an all-inclusive resort stay on Grand Bahama Island.

You can also add on cruise packages and excursions. I saw one excursion where you can swim with pigs in The Bahamas for $99. How cool is that?


Don’t qualify? Here’s another Margaritaville at Sea offer:

The Margaritaville at Sea cruise ship on the water.

Sail Into Fall Offer: You can cruise to the Bahamas for as low as $99 per person, plus receive free ocean view upgrades and free and flexible rebooking.

Margaritaville at Sea Is Gifting Heroes a Free Cruise — Claim Yours Now!