“The Free Cruise Challenge”

In February of 2015 I took the final steps to complete a goal I’d set the previous year; to get a 100% completely free cruise. And “free” means EVERYTHING from start to finish. From the cruise itself, airfare to the ship, a hotel and dinner the night before, even cash to spend at the casino or in the islands. See how I did it, and I’ll show you how you can do it too!

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Take a look at the origin of the idea. I’m a huge fan of cruising, so when I decided to travel the world for a year I knew (at least) one cruise had to be a part of that. he previous year; to get a 100% completely free cruise. Here I outline some of the ways I was planning on making this happen, including the biggest piece of the puzzle, the Barclay Arrival World Mastercard.


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Here I refine and finalize some of my earlier ideas. I also list out the specific categories that each cost associated with the cruise will belong to, to help me better plan how to cancel out that expense. I examine the Barclay Arrival miles I have to work with, simply from the card bonus and a few months of spending.