Princess Offers Up To $1,000 Onboard Credit

Looking to take a trip, but don’t want to overspend? You’re going to love this current Princess Cruises promotion. Travelers who book a qualifying 2020 or 2021 voyage can take advantage of up to $1,000 onboard credit for their cruise. This offer is the perfect way to set yourself up for a future vacation, and it can easily trim the cost of your whole trip.

The Landmark Sale offers travelers the chance to save money while booking cruises that go to some of the most famous landmarks in the world. When making a qualifying cruise booking, you can get up to $1,000 onboard credit. Credit varies depending on the type of cabin books and the time length of the cruise. To grab this deal, you must book a cruise and pay the deposit by September 3, 2019.

How the credit works:

For cruises that last 6-10 days, $100 per person is offered for guests 1 and 2 when booking an interior/oceanview cabin, while $200 per person is offered for guests 1 and 2 when booking a balcony mini-suite or balcony suite. An additional $50 per person credit is offered for the 3rd and 4th guests who are sharing the same room, regardless of room type booked.

For cruises that are 11+ days, $200 per person is offered for guests 1 and 2 when booking an interior/oceanview cabin, while $500 per person credit is offered per person for guests 1 and 2 when booking a balcony mini-suite or balcony suite. An additional $50 per person credit is offered per person for the 3rd and 4th guests who are sharing the same room, regardless of room type booked.

A sample of qualifying cruises:

Mediterranean cruise prices start at $1,039
Caribbean cruise prices start at $779
Asia cruise prices start at $790
South America and Antarctica cruise prices start at $1,999
Hawaii cruises start at $1199

Still not sure what cruise to book? Take a look at more qualifying cruises and more offer details. Free onboard credit is an excellent way to make your cruise experience a little sweeter!

Intrepid Offers 2-for-1 Cruise Deal

Free travel is the best kind of travel to enjoy. You can take advantage of a free trip with Intrepid! If you are planning to explore Antarctica with Intrepid, you can also take advantage of a free Thailand cruise experience. This promo is being offered on bookings made now through July 31, 2019, so hurry! Why not take advantage if you’ve already been dreaming up a trip to Antarctica? Check out the details below so you can see both of these incredible destinations soon.

Book a category six and above cabin on the Ocean Endeavour to Antarctica, departing October 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021. You will then be eligible for a free Thailand adventure cruise before February 28, 2020. For the free Thailand cruise, you can book a cabin on the lower or main decks.

Hurry! You must make your bookings by July 31, 2019, to take part in this offer. There are several Antarctic experiences to choose from — it just depends on the type of experience you want to have. When making your booking, be sure to mention the Thailand Adventure Cruise incentive.

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Antarctica cruises:

Discover Antarctica (10 Days)
Antarctic Whale Journey (10 Days)
Christmas in Antarctica (11 Days)
Best of Antarctica (11 days)

Thailand cruises:

Cruising Thailand and Malaysia: Phuket to Penang (9 days)
Cruising the Thai Islands from Phuket (9 days)
Cruising Thailand and Malaysia: Penang to Phuket (9 days)

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Sounds amazing, right?! With so many exciting journeys to pick from, you’re sure to have a memorable vacation experience on both cruises! This promotion is an excellent opportunity to enjoy two trips for the price of one! Be sure to book by July 31 so that you can take advantage of this 2 for 1 promotion!

What’s Included on a Cruise

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If you’re new to cruising, you’ll want to make sure that you’re all ready to go and know what to expect when you set sail. As you begin to plan and book your cruise, you may be wondering what costs are included in your booking fee. Some experiences and extras will have an additional fee. Check out our guide below to better understand what’s included on a standard cruise.

Regular Meals Are Included

When you book a standard cruise, expect to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner onboard at no extra cost. You should know that the main dining buffet area is included, but some additional restaurants and eateries found on board are not part of the included options. Specialty restaurants may have a cover charge or a la carte pricing.

Enjoy Some Drinks at No Extra Cost

You can expect to have some drinks included when cruising. Tap water, coffee, tea, iced tea, and some juices are usually included at the buffet. Other beverages like bottled waters, fresh squeezed orange juice, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages will cost extra.

Most Entertainment is Included

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You’ll notice there are various performances and events that you can enjoy while on your cruise. Most entertainment is included in your booking price. Special game show events or dinner theater shows, for example, may cost you extra money.

Some Spa and Gym Facilities Are Included

When you head to the spa or fitness center, you can usually take part in some facilities at no extra cost. For example, the locker room and steam room at the spa, and the general fitness equipment at the gym will likely be included. Personal training sessions and exercise classes are not included. The same goes for spa treatments like facials, manicures, and massages.

These Extras Cost More

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Some other added amenities and services may cost you more money when taking a cruise. If you’re looking to spend a lot of time lounging at the pool, a cabana rental will come with a fee. For parents who plan to take a cruise with the kiddos, in-room babysitting costs extra. Some activities like bingo, escape rooms, gambling, cooking classes, wine tastings will also come with an additional fee. Make sure to check out our Cruise Pricing 101 for more information on extra costs.

How to Stretch Your Dollars While on a Cruise

A cruise can make for an unforgettable vacation experience. But, if you’re not careful, you can spend more than you had in mind. By just changing a few habits and following some helpful tips, you can stretch your dollars further while on a cruise. You don’t have to overspend to have fun and enjoy your trip. Here are some ways to stretch your dollars on your next cruise.

Head to the Spa on Port Day

When the ship spa is less busy, they may run exclusive deals and promotions. It tends to be less busy on port day as passengers are out and about exploring. Head to the spa and see if you can get a relaxing service at a discount!

Make Sure You’re Not Overtipping

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When you take a cruise, service and gratuity fees are often added to your bill. Even when you’re ordering drinks or paying for spa treatments, gratuity is usually added to the bill that you pay. This makes things simple for you! Make sure to check out our guide to tipping to make sure you’re not overtipping.

Take Part in Your Own Adventures at Port

Booking shore excursions through your cruise line can be convenient, but the costs can quickly add up. If you’re feeling adventurous, wander off on your own to explore and try new activities while at port. This can keep activity costs lower.

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Take a Break from the Internet

We use our phones and computers daily, so why not take a break from it all by disconnecting while on your cruise? This is a great way to get some time away from the screens and can save on Internet costs.

Buy a Drink Package

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If you want to drink, it can be pricey to do so while on a cruise. If you want to save some money and drink without worry about the bill, look into purchasing a drink package. If you’re more than just an occasional drinker, it can be a good option. Just know that you may have to have everyone in your cabin book a package, too.

These are some great ways to stretch your dollars further so you can have fun and not overpay for a fantastic cruise vacation.

How to Get a Deal on a Luxury Cruise

What if we told you that you could snag a great deal on a luxury cruise? Seem too good to be true? Well, with a little effort you could be sailing aboard one of the most coveted ships at sea, enjoying bespoke adventures and first-class accommodations. Here’s what you need to know.

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It’s no secret that cruise line’s work to operate at over 100 percent occupancy. Operating below capacity translates into great deals. ad.

Do a Mock Booking

First, have a specific cruise line and destination in mind. Then, try a mock booking within one or two months of that sailing date. This will help determine how many cabins are left for the desired cruise and category, and the chances of getting a discount.

Know Your Cruise Fares

It’s important to know the standard price for the cruise and category you desire. This makes it easy to recognize a good opportunity when it arises.

Be Flexible

Typically, cruise lines will not begin discounting cabins until it’s necessary and final payment is collected for confirmed passengers on that sailing. This means you need to be ready to cruise within 90 days or less. But for those with flexibility, it also leads to great deals on amazing destinations.

Sail During Shoulder Season & Off Months

The best time to sail is during the cruise’s shoulder or low seasons. Try sailing before or after peak seasons, major holidays or summer vacations.  For example, if you wish to sail the Caribbean book in October; for Alaska book an April or May cruise; for Europe try April or October and for the Mediterranean, October is usually a slow month. In addition to greater savings, sailing during offseason translates to fewer crowds and more individualized attention. Another popular time to book is during “wave season,” January through March when travel is slow. Cruise lines not only offer enticing discounts but also incentives such as beverage packages, added excursions and even airfare bundles.

Check with Travel Agents

To move many cabins at once, cruise lines may release unsold rooms to large travel agencies specializing in luxury cruises. Check around the internet and big box stores such as Costco.

Subscribe to Cruise Newsletters & Twitter

Email subscribers often are the first to know about any last-minute savings. But for those with social media skills, tweeting and following specific cruise lines and travel agents means you’re the first to know about promotions. Tweet for yourself to create your own deal aggregator.

If you’ve already booked a cruise, there is still a chance to save money on unsold cruises. Cruise lines typically offer upgrades to booked passengers before releasing these rooms to the public. For example, if you have an ocean view room booked, you may be offered a balcony for a small up charge. If you have a balcony, a suite upgrade may be a possibility. Finally, if you are a part of a loyalty program with a cruise line, many time invitation only bidding for upgrades are sent via email.

With flexible and some leg work, it’s a possibility to snag a luxury cruise at a great price. Everyone loves a deal, and we hope this will inspire you to take a dream vacation that you can feel good about!

Deal Alert: Avalon Waterways is Offering Free Airfare

Long overdue for a trip and open to booking a cruise adventure? Avalon Waterways is enticing travelers to start planning by offering discounts on 2020 European cruises now through August 2019. In addition to savings on 2020 cruises, travelers can also get free roundtrip airfare. This sale is an excellent way to save on your travel costs and get your trip plans set well in advance.

There are many benefits to planning your travels ahead of time. You can avoid procrastination and give yourself something to look forward to in the coming months. You may also be able to save on travel costs by planning your trip details now. Avalon Waterways is a company known for its exciting, luxury river cruises. If you book a 2020 European river cruise by August 27, 2019, you can save big.

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To take advantage of this deal, travelers must book a qualifying 2020 cruise. By doing this, you will be able to receive a $250 per person discount on the cruise price. You can also take advantage of free roundtrip airfare for each traveler, which adds more value! This promotion allows you to enjoy a fantastic vacation at a much lower cost.

If you’e wondering where to cruise, you have many options since Avalon Waterways cruises to some of the best cities in Europe.

Here are some qualifying cruises that can be booked with this promotion:

10 Day River Cruise Prague to Remich (April 2020, August 2020 departures)
16 Day River Cruise Basel to Budapest (June 2020, October 2020 departures)
14 Day River Cruise London to Prague (August 2020 departure)
19 Day River Cruise Budapest to Amsterdam (August 2020, October 2020 departures)
10 Day River Cruise Port-Saint-Louis to Paris (March 2020 departure)

Start dreaming up your next European adventure! All of these cruises promise plenty of excitement and fun. This summer promotion is the perfect excuse to think ahead about your next cruise.

Remember—you must book by August 27, 2019. Be sure to check the offer details and terms and conditions before making a booking.

Last-Minute Savings with Silversea

When was the last time that you took a vacation? If you’re long overdue for a trip and are craving some sunshine and adventure, you’re going to want to think about booking a Silversea cruise. This luxury cruise company is offering extra savings to travelers who book last-minute cruises. Book a cruise now through June 28, and you can take that vacation that’s long overdue.

It’s never too late to plan a fun vacation away from everyday life and a cruise offers a unique way to get a break from reality and see some of the most beautiful destinations on the globe. Silversea is offering a one-category suite upgrade and $1,000 onboard credit per suite for travelers who book accommodations by June 28 for journeys within the next few months. If a one-category suite upgrade is unavailable, guests can receive an additional $500 onboard credit per suite for a total of $1,500 credit.

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Need some trip inspiration? Here are some example journeys included in this offer:

June 17, 2019: Monte Carlo to Venice (11 days)

June 24, 2019: Darwin to Bali (15 days)

July 11, 2019: Copenhagen to Stockholm (7 days)

July 17, 2019: Rome to Barcelona (10 days)

August 10, 2019: Barcelona to Lisbon (9 days)

August 24, 2019: London to Reykjavik (12 days)

These are just a few of the available cruises. The possibilities are endless and it’s not too late to plan. All you need to do is decide where you want to go!

Booking a suite is a great way to get extra room to enjoy your cruise experience. You’ll also be able to use your onboard credit to have more fun!  In need of a massage? Book a relaxing spa treatment. You can decide how to use your credit to make your trip even better.

You can check out all Silversea savings and deals, or learn more about this “suite” last-minute savings. To take advantage of this offer, a 50% deposit must be made within 2 days of booking, and full payment is due 120 days before departure. Be sure to check all terms and conditions before booking a cruise.

Save with Seabourn’s Summer Sales Event

Seabourn announced the start of the Summer Opportunity Sales Event with exceptional savings and value-added amenities available on select 2019-2020 voyages scheduled on every ship across Seabourn’s award-winning fleet.

The Summer Opportunity Sales Event has significant benefits on select voyages sailing all over the globe. Choose wisely by July 31, 2019, and your value-added benefits may include* special pricing, suite upgrades, $500 credit per suite and more.

Travelers can use the shipboard credits to book an array of well-appointed optional add-ons. This includes a pampering spa treatment, enjoying an immersive and enriching shore excursion, and/or upgrading to the Vintage Seabourn program. This program offers access to a varied selection of premium wines from the ships’ well-stocked wine cellars.

“We’re always looking for ways to please and excite our guests, and our Summer Opportunity Sales Event gets the excitement started before they’re onboard,” said Chris Austin, senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales for Seabourn. “My recommendation is to peruse the select voyages available on every vessel in the Seabourn fleet and book the itinerary and the savings that are right for you. With five flawless ultra-luxury vessels traveling to hundreds of ports along the coasts of all seven continents, and a wealth of onboard and onshore programming along the way, Seabourn’s Summer Opportunity Sales Event is too rewarding to pass up.”

Seabourn’s Summer Opportunity Sales Event applies to select worldwide cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica & Patagonia, Alaska, Arabia & India, Asia, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, Cuba, the Panama Canal, Australia and New Zealand, transatlantic crossings, plus sailings on the newest ultra-luxury Seabourn Ovation and holiday cruises. A complete listing of the voyages, amenities and rates can be viewed on Seabourn’s website.

*Terms and Conditions apply. Offer is valid on select 2019 & 2020 sailings. Check the Seabourn website for full details.

Deal: Get 50% off on Royal Caribbean

If you’ve been craving a trip to paradise and enjoy cruising, now is the perfect time to plan your getaway. Grabbing a cruise deal can lower your total vacation costs and can be a great incentive to book the vacation that you’ve always wanted. Royal Caribbean is currently offering significant savings for travelers who book a cruise by May 31, 2019. You and a loved one can save big on an exciting trip. Check out additional details below.

Their current sale offers 50% off a second guest. This deal is an excellent excuse to take your partner or best friend on a much-needed cruise vacation. This promotion is valid on select sailings that depart on or after June 8, 2019. If you’re not sure where to go, you can search for a qualifying cruise here. All qualifying cruises are marked with a 50% off the second guest label. The prices shown are per person pricing.

More Guests = More Savings

How exactly does it work? The offer is valid for 50% off cruise fare of the second guest when booked in the same stateroom as the first, full-fare paying guest. You can also save by having a third guest join in the fun. The third guest can receive 25% off cruise fare when booking in the same stateroom as the first two guests. This promotion can’t be combined with other cruise offers or deals. Additional charges, like taxes, fees, and port expenses will be additionally charged for all guests.

Our Recommendations:

4 Night Havana and Key West Cruise
7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise
6 Night Best of Cuba Cruise
5 Night Bermuda Cruise
4 Night Alaska Getaway Cruise

There are so many amazing destinations included in this deal, so you will be able to plan the ultimate trip. Royal Caribbean is known for their great ships and fun and exciting cruises. If you need a little break from reality, why not invite a buddy and take advantage of these savings? You must book by May 31 to take advantage of this promotion.

Note: As with any deal or promotion, it’s best to read all terms and conditions before booking.

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