Guest blogger and award winning writer Kathy Witt shares tips for getting the best cruise deals now.
There are so many reasons to choose a cruise for a vacation. Cruises are an outstanding
value—including accommodations, meals, activities and transportation to multiple destinations.
They are easy to plan, family friendly and hassle-free—and they come in sizes from small to
extra-large, ensuring there is one ideally suited to everyone.
Cruises offer tremendous culinary variety, convenient ways to stay in shape at sea and never-
ending gorgeous views. And right now, a number of cruise lines are making cruising even more
attractive—and affordable—with limited-time deals and discounts.
Princess Cruises – Prime savings for future sailing
Plan now to get the best deal on your Love Boat dream cruise in 2024 or 2025. The Score for 24
Sale applies to a range of itineraries and destinations in the Caribbean and in Europe.
Additionally, Princess Plus and Princess Premier inclusive packages have added more dining
options at GiGi’s, the Salty Dog Pub and other casual dining restaurants at no cost and have
waived the room service charge and the OceanNow on-demand, location-based delivery service.
Deal/discount: Score for 24 Sale
Applies to a wide range of itineraries and destinations and subject to availability.
Offer: Lowest deals for 2024, with fares as low as $399 per person for a 7-day Western
Book by: September 5, 2023.
Info: www.princess.com, 800-774-6237.
Seabourn – Sail away with savings
Book an ultra-luxury, all-inclusive Seabourn voyage or expedition to your choice of
destinations— Asia, Alaska, Antarctica, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean—and save on select
2023 and 2024 itineraries. Enjoy curated voyages with an unmatched sense of style, elegance and
grace, personalized service that includes a host and attendant with every suite, complimentary
Wi-Fi and fully stocked in-suite bar, world-class dining and a host of other luxuries.
Deal/discount: A Sail to Remember
Applies to select 2023 and 2024 Seabourn ultra-luxury ocean voyages or expeditions, including a
14-Day Atlantic Coast Harbors voyage aboard Seabourn Quest departing Montreal (Oct. 24-
Nov. 7, 2023).
Offer: Savings up to 10 percent—up to $2,600—with a non-refundable deposit.
Book by: September 6, 2023.
Info: www.seabourn.com, 800-442-4448.
Celebrity – Up to 75 percent off second guest deal includes newest ship
The new Celebrity Ascent brings it, with more space, more luxury, more everything—including
32 distinct restaurants, bars and lounges. Making its debut this fall, Celebrity Ascent is the fourth
Edge Series ship, meaning its features include a cantilevered Magic Carpet soaring above the
ocean, asymmetrical pool area and martini-shaped hot tubs. It is included in Celebrity’s current
BOGO offer, allowing cruisers to experience the brand-new ship—as well as other Celebrity
cruise ships—at extraordinary savings.
Deal/discount: Buy One Get One 75% cruise fare.
Applies to sailings from August 3, 2023, to April 30, 2025. All cruises, except for Alaska
Cruisetours and Galapagos sailings, are included in the deal as well as voyages on new
ship, Celebrity Ascent, launching this fall.
Offer: Receive 75 percent off the second guest with a non-refundable deposit or 50 percent off
the second guest with a refundable deposit. NOTE: If travelers book a stateroom on a weekend in August, depending on the category and timing, they can also get $100 or $200 of onboard credit or savings.
Book by: September 7, 2023
Info: www.celebritycruises.com, 888-751-7804.
Crystal – Proving themselves ‘exceptional’
Relaunched under the new guardianship of A&K Travel Group, Crystal Serenity has undergone a
multimillion-dollar refurbishment, bringing updated and larger suites with artisanal finishes and refreshed specialty dining venues to the 740-passenger ship. In the final stages of her own
extensive refurbishment, Crystal Symphony makes her inaugural cruise from Athens, Greece, on September 1. The company is helping those former Crystal guests and travel agents affected by the shut-down recover lost funds through its Exceptional Initiative.
Deal/discount: Exceptional Initiative
Applies to Any former Crystal guest who holds a verified claim in the Crystal Cruises LLC case
for canceled sailings on Crystal Serenity or Crystal Symphony.
Offer: You can apply for credits to use towards future Crystal voyages on board either Crystal
Serenity or Crystal Symphony. (Specifics here: http://www.crystalcruises.com/legal/exceptional-
Book by: October 1, 2023
Info: www.crystalcruises.com, 888-617-0110.
Windstar – Bonus onboard credit or Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package
Board one of Windstar’s three sailing ships or three all-suite ships and embark on a voyage of
discovery with less than 350 likeminded adventurers. These elegant yachts can nose into places
bigger ships can’t to bring guests authentic experiences, uncrowded spaces and lesser-known
places in the world. Sail to the Caribbean, the Middle East, Tahiti, Costa Rica and Panama, and
other tropical destinations, and in luxury—onboard and ashore.
Deal/discount: Seas the Sun
Applies to selected departures between November, 2023, and May, 2024; new bookings only.
Offer: Get up to $1,000 to spend on board or an unlimited beverage package (unlimited beer,
wine and cocktails by the glass valued at $65 per guest, per day).
Book by: November 15, 2023.
Info: www.windstarcruises.com, 866-851-4042.
Holland America – Christmas with the penguins in Antarctica
Hanukkah at the Americas’ oldest synagogue or spend New Year’s Eve in Vietnam. Explore
your destination by day, enjoy the ship’s holiday décor—gingerbread villages, light displays—by
night, along with traditional holiday dishes like turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving, latkes and sufganiyot (traditional doughnuts) for Hanukkah and a festive, around-the-world menu for
Christmas with dishes from Scandinavia, Asia and beyond. Other holiday fun: tree lighting
ceremony, game of dreidel, holiday movies, caroling, kids’ activities and surprises, appearance
by Santa, and Christmas Eve Party and New Year’s Eve Ball, depending on sailing.
Deal/discount: Home Away from Home for the Holidays
Applies to sailings to the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico, departing from Fort Lauderdale, FL or
San Diego, CA. Additional voyages are offered in Asia, South America, Australia and New
Zealand, featuring a special Thanksgiving sailing in the Caribbean departing Nov. 18, 2023,
among other notable holiday itineraries.
Offer: Special fares and premier onboard events. Book with “Have it All” for included shore
excursions, beverage packages and beverage service charges, specialty dining and Wi-Fi (a value
of $99 per person per day included in the fare).
Book by: No deadline, but book early to get your choice of sailing and date.
Info: www.hollandamerica.com, 855-932-1711.
- Kathy Witt
- Freelance Writer & Travel Columnist
- Author: Cincinnati Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for Cincinnati’s Hidden Treasures,
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