Cruise Deals for Valentine’s Day
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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and with the holiday comes a slew of new cruise deals and incentives for consumers and agents perfect to lavish upon a significant other.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line is providing a new “Leap Into Group Savings” promotion and an enhanced free cruise berth program offer through February 29, 2016.
The line is waiving its initial deposit requirement for group bookings on select sailings between August 2016 and April 2018. Also, travel agents will be granted one free berth for every 10 full fare passengers booked instead of the usual 15 required. What’s more, the policy applies for every eight full fare guests reserved on select sailings.
Group fares under the promotion start at $229 for three- to five-day cruises and $449 for six-day or longer cruises.
For Valentine’s Day, Costa Cruises is running a special on some of its most romantic itineraries — the western Med on Costa Diadema and the eastern Med on Costa Mediterranea — with fares under $100 per person per day, onboard credits and a kids sail free deal.
Costa Diadema departs from Barcelona on March 28; April 4, 11, 18 and 25; and May 2, 9, 16 and 23. Alternatively, guests can spend more time in Rome with a pre- or post-cruise stay in the city and a cruise of the same itinerary round-trip from Civitavecchia. Rates begin at $647 per person. And Costa Mediterranea departs from Trieste March 26; April 2, 9, 16 and 23; and May 7, 14, 21 and 28. Rates begin at $597 per person.
As for onboard credits and free kid rates on these sailings, the line is offering credits ranging from $50 to $200 per person, dependent on cabin category, and children sail free when accompanied by two full-fare adults traveling in the same cabin.
Celebrating the Chinese New Year, Cunard Line is promoting its Lucky Cunard Savings Event for guests to sail in a balcony cabin for the same rate as an oceanview cabin complete with complimentary gratuities. The special is good through February 12, 2016 and applies to eight select Exotic Cruises, eight Mediterranean voyages and eight Transatlantic Crossings.
Featured voyages according to the line include:
• Herbie Hancock “Jazz at Sea” (eight-night), Southampton to New York, Queen Mary 2, August 1, 2016 – inside fares from $1,288.
• Roundtrip Rome (seven-night), Queen Victoria, October 8, 2016 – inside fares from $888.
• Hong Kong to Singapore (five-night), Queen Elizabeth, March 26, 2017 – inside fares from $888.
Ahead of the new social impact cruise line’s launch, Fathom is offering a BOGO (buy one, get one) special though February 29, 2016 for Dominican Republic “voluntourism" sailings from April through June of 2016, effectively giving the first and second travelers a 50 percent discount. May rates start at $628 per person, and June rates start at $733 per person.
The offer applies to all stateroom categories, and cruises include all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three onshore social impact activities and related supplies. For more information and to book, travelers can call 1-855-932-8466 or their travel professional by February 29 and reference code “FA.” The BOGO is not available for online bookings on fathom.org nor is it combinable with the D.I.B.S. promotion.
Additionally, Fathom will embark on seven-day Cuban itineraries starting at $1,800 per person, including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences and on-the-ground cultural immersion activities.
For the month of February, MSC Cruises presents its “SHARE THE LOVE” event, dedicated to recognizing travel agent partners by providing a prize a day for bookings made on any MSC ship. Prizes include bonus commission, iPads, gift cards, Apple Watches, Amazon Echo, flatscreen TVs and more. Plus, a few select partners will appear in local MSC television spots, featuring the benefits of using a travel agent.
An additional grand prize will be awarded to those who enter by sharing their love for MSC Cruises with their clients by posting creative pictures and videos to the MSC TruePartnerships Facebook page. One winner will be selected at the end of February to receive a seven-day cruise on MSC Divina.
Norwegian Cruise Line
In conjunction with its Free at Sea promotion, Norwegian Cruise Line is also running a new offer for guests booking a mini-suite stateroom through February 21, 2016 to choose two complimentary bonus packages.
Those who book this cabin category on new five-day or longer sailings on cruises more than 30 days prior to departure can select two of the following: free Unlimited Beverages, free Specialty Dining, free $50 per port shore excursion credits in up to four ports, or a free 250 minute Wi-Fi package.
Plus, the line’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer lets third and fourth guests to sail entirely free on select dates. Guests sailing on a new five-day or longer cruise in any stateroom on sailings more than 30 days prior to departure can select one of the four above offers, and those in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian will receive all four, that in conjunction with the third and fourth special provides savings up to $2,300.
Star Clippers is now offering special air-inclusive packages with complimentary flights for select winter sailings in the Caribbean from Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC. This amounts to up to $1,335 savings per person.
Example itineraries according to the line are as follows:
• Seven-night itineraries in the Windward Islands and Grenadines Islands with departures from Barbados in February- March 2016.
• Seven-night itineraries in the Treasure Islands and Leeward Islands with departures from St Maarten in February- March 2016.
• Nine-night itinerary from Montego Bay to St Maarten on March 28, 2016.
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