If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to sail in pampered five-star luxury, now is your chance to find out.
It is sale season on four of our best loved luxury lines, with Regent Seven Seas holding a Suite Sale and Seabourn welcoming the chilly season with a Winter Opportunity Sale Event. There are also last minute savings to be had with Silversea and Crystal Cruises.
Regent’s Suite Sale is offering up to 67 per cent off more than 25 itineraries, sailing to destinations including the Mediterranean, the Baltic, Asia, Alaska and the South Pacific.
Crystal Cruises and Ponant also have up to 30 per cent off their itineraries and with savings of nearly $10,000 to be had, there isn’t a better time to have your cake and also a little something to go with it as well.
Perhaps you can cruise AND have that shiny watch or the Chanel earrings you passed in the window?
Read on for the best deals on luxury cruises.
Regent Seven Seas – save up to $9,326
The Suite Sale is for a limited time only so jump in before the limited availability runs out. The all-inclusive luxury experience offers free unlimited shore excursions, unlimited premium beverages, free dining in specialty restaurants, unlimited Wi-Fi on board and pre-paid gratuities. Your in-suite mini-bar will also be replenished daily. Itinerary highlights include:
Alaska: seven-night Seward to Vancouver
The ‘Journey into the Tongass’ itinerary explores the coastal towns of Alaska, including Sitka, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Save up to 67 per cent with this sailing when you book the Deluxe Veranda Suite – H. The suite which was $10,630 is now offered at $3,501. The $9,000 plus savings to be had when you book the Penthouse Suite on this itinerary is also not to be sneezed at.
The sailing departs Seward aboard the Seven Seas Mariner on August 19 and passengers can also enjoy up to 44 free shore excursions on this voyage. Take your pick from browsing the fine art galleries of Sitka and watching the locals create imaginative works of art in silver, wood, ceramic and even glass; take part in a scenic rafting adventure down the Mendenhall River; join an award-winning historical tour aboard a beautiful, yellow 1927 sightseeing motorcar; and explore unspoiled waterways en route to an island lodge for a traditional seafood boil.
Asia: 14-night Singapore roundtrip – save $7,424
Get a tour of Southeast Asia with Regent Seven Seas on the ‘Enlightened Passage’ itinerary. Visit some of the oldest ancient cultures and stunning landscapes in the world like Ko Samui, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Borneo and Kuching. Enjoy up to 32 free shore excursions on this sailing, including a Thai cooking lesson at the Nora Beach Resort and Spa, a tour of Laem Chabang’s Ancient City, exploring Saigon’s orchard region and Cu Chi tunnels as well as other schools and villages that dot the green countryside.
The sailing departs Singapore on December 6 on the Seven Seas Voyager and save up to 47 per cent when you book the deluxe veranda suite – G. The $16,040 cabin is now going at $8,616.
Crystal Cruises – save up to $9,205
Book by June 30 with Crystal Cruises and save up to 30% off the sailing. The best savings are to be had on longer journeys and the offer is perfect to indulge in their small ship, all-inclusive sailings. Nearly suites and staterooms feature a private verandah and you’ll also have a butler at your service in the suites and penthouses.
25-night Amsterdam to Monte Carlo – $9,205
The voyage brings you on a grand journey to discover Western Europe and the Mediterranean. The itinerary features overnight in Amsterdam, Honfleur, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Ibiza, Barcelona and Monte Carlo, allowing guests ample time to experience all the culture that these cities are renowned for.
The sailing departs Amsterdam on July 29 on Crystal Serenity and fares start from $12,385 after a 30 per cent discount for their deluxe stateroom with verandah forward. Similar savings are also to be had when you book the seabreeze penthouse with verandah. Enjoy a 30 per cent discount of $9,205 and sail in a spacious penthouse at $20,795.
10-night Vancouver roundtrip – $1,190
Explore Alaska on the Crystal Symphony on this itinerary, which stops at Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria. Get the full Alaskan adventure with excursions like dogsledding, a glacial fjord cycle, a wilderness kayak experience and even fishing for halibut.
The sailing departs August 10 and get around 20 per cent off the staterooms and penthouses on this sailing. Take $1,190 off the deluxe stateroom with large picture window and sail off with the fare of only $4,160.
Ponant – save up to 30 per cent
The line is offering an early bird sale on 45 of their itineraries across 2020/21. They call it the Ponant Bonus and booking your holiday early can get you up to 30 per cent off.
12-night The Caribbean & Amazon River
The expedition itinerary sails from Cayenne to Fort-de-France and where you can take in Caribbean beaches as well as tropical rainforest of the green corridor of the Strait of Breves. Step on board Le Dumont-d’Urville and get exploring in the famous Salvation Islands, the vegetation and wildlife of the Amazon River, the Amazonian village of Abacate, as well as the huge open-air market of Belem and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago. The white sand beaches and turquoise water of Port Elizabeth also awaits.
The deluxe stateroom starts from $7,750 and the deluxe suite is available from $11,620. The ultimate luxury choice, the Owner’s Suite, is going at $19,700. Snag your spot early!
Silversea – save $1,900 and other perks
Silversea is offering $1,000 onboard credit per suite and one-category suite upgrade when you book by June 28. The one-category suite upgrade is applicable up to the verandah suite and when it is not available, guests receive another $500 onboard credit per suite.
Nine-day Barcelona to Lisbon
Get on board the Silver Shadow at Barcelona to begin your circumnavigation of the Spanish coastline on August 10. See for yourself Gaudi’s masterpieces in Barcelona before heading off to Palma de Mallorca, join the silk road tour in Valencia, Cadiz, major fishing port Portimao before arriving at the pastel slopes of Lisbon.
The Vista Suite starts from $8,300 and the Veranda Suite from $10,200. Getting a suite upgrade could bring you ‘savings’ from $1,900.
Silversea is also running an air offer to the Mediterranean where you get free roundtrip economy flights or $2,499 for Business Class. Stack these offers up and save thousands!
Seven-day Seward to Vancouver
The sailing on the Silver Muse departs August 15 and it will bring you cruise Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Ketchikan and Inside Passage. Catch pods of Humpback Whales and explore the Russian influenced town of Sitka. The dramatic beauty of the Inside passage is perhaps the main event, where you sail past massive glaciers and spot shoreside villages and seals basking on ice.
The Vista Suite on this sailing start from $5,900 and prices go up to $7,600 for the Deluxe Veranda Suite.
Seabourn – save up to $800 and other perks
The Winter Opportunity Sales event is offering up to three category Veranda Suite Upgrade on 14 itineraries when you book by July 31. Guests will also receive up to US$500 shipboard credit per suite and up to AU$1000 air credit per person, as well as a complimentary internet package.
Guests of penthouse or premium suites will also receive US$1,000 shipboard credit and an unlimited internet package per suite.
24-day Java Sea & The Coral Coast
The voyage departs Singapore on November 27 and sails to Indonesia, Darwin and Queensland before arriving in Sydney. Visit towns like Semarang, Benoa, Probolinggo, Komodo Island and Celukan Bawang in Indonesia. Seabourn Encore will also stopping at the shores of Queensland in Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach and Moreton Island.
Seabourn has seven classes of veranda suites on board and prices start from $10,498 and goes up to $13,398.
Vote in this year’s special Readers’ Choice Awards
No doubt 2020 will go down in cruise history as the year of the pandemic – a once in a generation event. And this year’s Cruise Passenger Readers’ Choice Awards will reflect it.