PHOTO: A deluge of cruise savings is available. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 will receive enhanced satellite capacity during its September 2017 refurbishment, and will feature improved internet bandwidth upon relaunching. Thus, all guests will be granted one hour of free internet access each day beginning in 2018, and those in Owner and Grand Penthouse Suites will continue to receive unlimited access.
Holland America Line
Holland America Line is currently running its Ready Set Sail promo, offering pre-paid gratuities and up to $500 shipboard credit per cabin on cruises booked by June 1, 2017. Onboard credits range from $100 to $500 depending on cabin category. Those reserving a suite will additionally get a bonus $100 internet credit. The special is good towards all sailings from June 1, 2017, to March 30, 2018, except Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments.
For family cruising in Antarctica, Hurtigruten is offering up to 50 percent off the third or fourth guest in a cabin. Savings from $5,000 can be had on the 18-day December 17, 2017, Legendary Magellan, Chilean Fjords and Antarctica sailing. Plus, the cruise line has its free Hurtigruten Young Explorers Program for children aged 7-13.
Early booking savings of $1,435 to $2,255 per person can be found with Poseidon Expeditions on a trio of 13-day sailings in 2018 aboard the 50 Years of Victory from Murmansk, Russia. Rates begin at $27,260 per person (double occupancy). Helicopter flightseeing and landings are included as is an expert photography program.
Also bundled are a pre-voyage hotel stay; group transfers; shipboard accommodations and meals; tea and coffee station; expert interpretation; Poseidon Expeditions parka; rubber boots use; welcome and farewell drinks; port fees; pre-departure materials; digital voyage log and medical insurance.
Through May 2, 2017, Princess Cruises is running its Come Back New Sale for complimentary gratuities. Also, suite guests can get a free Lotus Spa treatment of a hydrating facial or 50-minute Swedish massage.
Other savings can be had up to $300 per person on Princess EZair to certain destinations. Example cruise deals available during the sale are as follows:
— Caribbean (7 days): $799 interior and $1,099 balcony
— Mexico cruise (7 days): $649 interior and $949 balcony
— California Coast (7 days): $749 interior and $1,199 balcony
— Panama Canal cruise (15 days): $1,599 interior and $2,199 balcony
— Southeast Asia cruise (10 days): $1,319 interior and $1,919 balcony
— Hawaii cruise (15 days): $1,699 interior and $2,899 balcony
— Australia & New Zealand cruise (12 days): $1,659 interior and $2,659 balcony
Through March 31, 2017, Star Clippers guests who reserve an Indonesia or Mediterranean sailing will get a two-category cabin upgrade, pre-paid gratuities and $100 shipboard credit per cabin. Rates in the Med begin at $1,650 per person and at $1,360 per person in Indonesia. Plus, for a limited time, military servicemen and women receive an extra 10 percent off all 2017 sailings.