The outbreak of coronavirus has affected the decisions of many travellers. Should I stay or should I go? But this perhaps, might be the best time to snag cruise and air deals.
With ships being deployed to Australia and to the Mediterranean, away from Asian waters, not only are lines reducing prices but also companies like Norwegian Cruise Lines are enticing passengers with their ‘Free for All’ offers.
This includes free drinks packages, specialty dining and even up to US$1,500 onboard credit.
And in a bid to encourage cruisers to keep booking, Royal Caribbean have flash sales on Australia’s largest ship, Ovation of the Seas for sailings later in the year.
On a 12-night sailing from Sydney to New Zealand, guests can save up to 40 per cent onboard Ovation of the Seas.
Barry Downs from Bicton Travel in Western Australia said while he hasn’t seen massive reductions for the year, he has seen a number of great deals.
“I haven’t seen any massive reductions across 2020 just yet, but with the relaxed cancelation policies being announced by many cruise lines there will likely be great pack and go rates. However given that many airlines are reducing schedules &/or capacity in the short term, the availability of great value airfares may be harder to find,” he said.
“Having said this some great deals that crossed my desk just this week almost all are great value pricing, but many lines now offer two fare structures where you can pay a little more and have bonus inclusions.”
He added that especially Asian-based ships like the Sapphire Princess has meant that we are seeing increased capacity with fantastic deals.
“The announcement of Sapphire Princess homeporting in Australia has brought a very welcome boost to the winter cruise season offering over 40 itineraries from most of the key ports in Australia,” he said.
“Fremantle and Adelaide benefit most as they would normally not have a ship home ported during this period.”
Departing 28 April, 2020, sail on the Norwegian Spirit from Athens, for a Greek Isles discovery. The seven-night cruise is priced from $938 per person, twin share.
Departing on 1 June 2020, the Norwegian Jewel will be sailing in Alaska from Seward to Vancouver. The seven-night cruise is priced from $958 per person, twin share.
On the MSC Poesia, departing from Civitavecchia return on 13 Nov 2020. The seven-night cruise is priced from $719 per person, twin share.
The MSC Meraviglia is sailing from New York to Keil on a transatlantic crossing. Departing on 15 Apr 2020, the 17-night cruise is priced from $779 per person, per night.
From Miami to Barcelona, the Norwegian Epic is departing on 18 April 2020 and the 12-night cruise is priced from $913 per person, twin share.
Close to home
Set sail from Brisbane on the Pacific Explorer. The ship visits Noumea and Lifou in New Caledonia as well as Port Vila in Vanuatu. The seven-night cruise from $749 per person, twin share.
A return eight-night Sydney return cruise visits Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines in New Caledonia. The eight-night cruise is priced from $499 per person, twin share.
Departing 15 November 2020, a nine-night South Pacific cruise aboard Voyager of the Seas visits Noumea, Port Vila, Lifou and Mare. Save 30 per cent on a balcony stateroom, which is priced from $1,499 per person, twin share.
Or save 40 per cent on a 12-night cruise aboard Ovation of the Seas to New Zealand. The cruise departs on 29 November 2020 and visits the Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland and Bay of Islands. A balcony stateroom is now priced from $2,299 per person, twin share.
NCL is offering guests a ‘Free for All’ offer on all stateroom categories. On selected sailings in 2020 and 2021, guests can get a free beverage package, free shore excursion credit, free specialty dining packages, free WiFi package and access to NCL’s third and fourth guest sail at a reduced rate on selected sailings. The line is also giving guests up to US$1,500 onboard credit per stateroom. Australian and New Zealand guests can utilise this offer on a wide range of 2020 and 2021 departures to spectacular destinations including Europe, Hawaii, Alaska and Australia and New Zealand. Offer ends on 17 March 2020.