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Exotic and Domestic Cruise Deals Look Ahead

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | AmaWaterways | Jason Leppert | August 09, 2016

Exotic and Domestic Cruise Deals Look Ahead

 Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways 

As summer specials begin to draw to a close, cruise deals look ahead to the Christmas season and 2017 beyond.

Alaskan Dream Cruises

The small-ship operator Alaskan Dream Cruises has unveiled its 2017 itineraries and is offering up to 10 percent early-bird discounts for all of them if booked before September 1, 2016. Deep explorations include stops at the likes of Kake, Metlakatla, Kasaan and Wrangell beyond Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Skagway and more.


For a special wine voyage aboard AmaWaterways on November 8 - 15, 2017, a 25 percent discount from the regular $2,899 per person rate is available for around a $1,500 savings per couple. The 7-night Dry Creek Valley Wine cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen on the Danube is bookable for $2,149 per person until August 31, 2016.

Onboard the AmaStella will be six San Francisco area winery owners, and the cruise includes nightly four-course dinners paired with at least three different varietals and each hosted by a different Dry Creek Valley winery owner from Amista Vineyards, Comstock Wines, Gustafson Family Vineyards, Mill Creek Vineyards and Winery, Pedroncelli Winery and Trattore Farms. There will also be educational winery seminars throughout the sailing. For more infomration, contact

Cunard Line

Cunard Line is now running a “Summer Savings Event” for up to 40% fare savings and complimentary gratuities in Grill Suites across its fleet – the Queen Mary 2Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

Through September 13, 2016, guests can book Transatlantic Crossings, New England & Canada, Caribbean, Europe and Exotic Voyages with rates breaking down as follows:

*Transatlantic Crossing fares from $799

*New England & Canada and Caribbean fares from $999

*Europe fares from $1,099

*Exotic fares from $2,499

Holland America Line

Holland America Line has reissued its “Explore4” promotion for bonus offers on select cruises from January 2017 to April 2018 on reservations made by November 18, 2016. Benefits include a free Signature Beverage Package valued at up to $1,400, complimentary specialty dining in the Pinnacle Grill, 50 percent reduced deposits and fares for friends and family.

Plus, suite guests get all four aforementioned perks as well as an extra $200 internet credit per stateroom ($100 per person) and prepaid gratuities (valued at $13.50 per guest, per day).

“Cruisers are early planners, and our popular Explore4 promotion encourages our guests to book their vacation now while rewarding them with some exceptional bonuses,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “By making their reservations during Explore4 guests have more itinerary and stateroom options for next year, and the value of a cruise vacation increases even more.”


For river cruises in Asia, Pandaw is making special Christmas savings available. For instance, its new 10-night Ranong to Rangoon and the Mergui Archipelago expedition departing on December 18 and 29, 2016 start at only $3,995 per person, and a 50 percent discount applies to the Mandalay-Pagan Packet cruise when reserved together.

Special fares and single supplement waivers are also available on other Burmese itineraries like the 10-night Golden Land on December 23, 2016 at $4,084; the 7-night Mandalay Pagan Packet on December 24 and 31, 2016 at $1,732; the 14-night Irrawaddy from December 19, 2016 at $5,720 and the 7-night The Chindwin on December 31, 2016 at $3,850.

What’s more, a 10 percent discount is being applied to the 10-night Halong Bay & Red River on December 18 and 28, 2016; the 10-night Laos Mekong on December 17 and 28, 2016 and the 14-night The Mekong on December 14 and 28, 2016.

Thomson Cruises

Thomson Cruises is also offering a number of cruise deals including return flights, transfers, port taxes, tips and service charges. Specials encompass a 7-night Iberian Treasures sailing aboard Thomson Spirit on August, 21 2016 from £749 per person; a 7-night Adriatic Affair voyage aboard Thomson Celebration on September 8, 2016 from £814 per person; a 7-night Treasures of the Mediterranean cruise aboard Thomson Majesty on August 30, 2016 from £897 per person and a 7-night Iconic Islands sailing aboard Thomson Dream on September 9, 2016 from £920 per person.

Vantage Deluxe World Travel

Vantage Deluxe World Travel is offering river cruise savings on its Paris & the Heart of Normandy itinerary in 2017 for families with $250 off per adult and $750 off per child when using booking code SM20160.

Also, in launching its new Vantage Adventures brand, the company is extending $250 off rates to first-time guests on over 20 land excursions and small ship cruises with booking code SMVA160.


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