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For some people, taking a cruise is just a nice vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. For others, a cruise is not a vacation - it is a lifestyle. That is why the cruise industry rakes in an impressive $125 billion per year.

Even if you do not run a blog, website, or social media platform that is specifically dedicated to cruise vacations or getaways, there is a good chance many of your readers or followers would be interested in taking one.

Whether you are a travel agent or just a freelance writer, applying to be an affiliate marketer could be one of the best decisions you ever make.

When you see how much money you can make through your commission rate and simple banner ads, you might decide to start booking your own cruise or travel in celebration. To get things started, we put together a list of the top ten cruise affiliate programs available.


It’s not just you who will benefit from the 3% commission rate on this 45 day cookie – your readers and followers will get the best deals and discounts from when they access the website through your link or referral.

2. Royal Caribbean

Yes, this is the one with the robotic bartenders. That is probably all it will take to hook your readers (and maybe you). If not, how does a 4% commission rate on sales for the life of your 45 day cookie sound?

3. Allianz

There is much more to the travel industry than just the cruise ship – get involved in the world of travel insurance and find out just how much people care about booking the perfect trip. This affiliate program runs through Commission Junction, and offers a $25 commission on any sale you refer over the course of 45 days.

4. Beach Tours Mexico

This ShareaSale affiliate marketing program offers one of the best commission rate deals in any affiliate marketing – not just travel. Over the course of your 90 day cookie life, you can earn up to a 30% commission rate.

5. Orbitz

What do you get when you combine a cruise affiliate program with one of the most prominent names in the travel industry? Simple – a lot of money. You can earn $40 per cruise you refer over a 7 day cookie life with this Commission Junction affiliate program.

6. Expedia

When you refer a purchase through Expedia, you will earn $25 per cruise on a 7 day cookie life. The best part – you can earn for a lot more than just cruises. Expedia offers a generous commission rate on flights, hotels, car rentals, and other travel services.

7. CheapTickets

It always helps when the company you promote is very clear about what they are selling. In this case, your customers will know they can expect great deals on travel while you pull in $30 per cruise booked over 7 days of cookie life.

8. Original Resorts

If you are looking for another great commission rate, look no further. Original Resorts offers up to 12% commission on booked travel experiences throughout your 30 day membership of this ShareaSale affiliate program.

9. CraftCruises

Looking for a cruise niche that will set you apart from the generic cruise options? CraftCruises curates getaways that provide materials for crafting, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, beading, and other craft ideas. You can make a craft yourself: 20% commission on each sale you refer over 7 days.

10. Virgin Holidays

This iconic cruise company offers a 2% commission on cruise trips booked over the course of 30 days. That might not sound like a lot, but these are massive vacation packages that can pull in about $250 commission with a standard purchase.

Gonzalo Suárez
Gonzalo Suárez
Co-founder and COO @ Key Content
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