It’s never been a better time to book a cruise with lines like Carnival, P&O, Royal Caribbean, Azamara, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and even luxury brands like Regent Seven Seas, offering deals.
Heads of cruise lines have said that more and more Aussies are booking their holidays months in advance. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises’ managing director of Australia and New Zealand Adam Armstrong said that booking in advance will not only secure your spot on popular sailings, but you can also bag great bargains.
“For the ultimate summer cruise holiday, book early; no question. With more than 1.2 million Australians cruising every season, year after year we are seeing our summer cruises filling up earlier, particularly over the peak holiday periods.
“That’s why we are on a mission to educate Australians about the importance of booking early, and to provide them with tips and tricks for securing the summer holiday they’ve been dreaming of.”
Royal Caribbean has just launched its sale on a number of itineraries around Australia, the South Pacific, Asia and New Zealand. The ‘Buy 1, Get 1 up to 50% off’ deal also includes a free balcony upgrade with the cheapest deal start at $869 per person, twin share for a seven-night Tasmanian cruise.
Carnival’s Fun Sale which ends on June 26 includes savings of up to $500 per cabin as well as up to $200 of onboard credit per credit. One of the best deals Cruise Passenger found is a 10-day New Caledonia and Vanuatu cruise aboard the Carnival Spirit. The cruise is priced from $999 per person, twin share from an interior and you can save up to $700 per cabin for this deal.
Meanwhile, Carnival’s sister brand P&O also has a seven-day sale which ends on June 13. For as little as $200 per person, quad share, you can sail to Hamilton Island aboard the Pacific Eden. The four-night cruise departs Cairns and calls at Hamilton Island before sailing down to Sydney.
Norwegian Cruise Line has offerings where guests can get up to $3,000 of bonuses onboard selected itineraries (mind you, you’d have to book The Haven and Suites to receive all the freebies).
But if you book an Oceanview, Balcony or Mini-Suite, you can receive up to two offers which include a free beverage package, free specialty dining package, shore excursion credit, free WiFi package or extra guests sail at a reduced rate.
The cruises include sailings around the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Alaska and Canada as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Celebrity Cruises has over 200 cruises on sale where you can save up to $200 per person. A cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium from Singapore is priced from $1,938.55 per person, twin share for a 14-night cruise. Part of the deal also includes a free beverage package.
While its sister company Azamara Club Cruises has opened up its early booking offers for the 2019 season. You’ll receive up to US$1,000 of onboard credit to use on Cruise Global, Connect Local shore excursions. And you can also get up to US$500 of stateroom onboard credit on a number of sailings around Japan, the United Arab Emirates and more.
Even luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas is offering up to 30 per cent off sailings around the Mediterranean and Europe. While it might be a last minute deal, you can sail on the Seven Seas Voyager from Barcelona to Monte Carlo for just $5,880 per person, twin share.
For even more deals on many of the above lines, be sure to visit our Cruise Passenger Deals section! Deals are constantly being added, so be sure to keep checking frequently.
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