Posted by: cruise2 | 8 February, 2008

Special Cruise Offers

The first few months of the year are typically known as the peak booking period of cruise holidays, cruisers have the opportunity to reap considerable benefits offered by cruise lines. For the month of February, many member lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) are offering special rates, onboard credits, deposit waivers or other incentives designed to stimulate record cruise sales for 2008.

This year’s Wave Season offers a range from savings of more than 50 percent of cruise prices to onboard credits worth hundreds of dollars, stateroom upgrades and other perks. Here’s a sampling of offers (unless otherwise noted, offers extend through February 29).

* Azamara Cruises: Onboard credits valued at $300 to $800 on any 2008 Europe sailings booked at an ocean view or higher category of stateroom.
* Carnival Cruise Lines: Special rates of $249 to $339 per person on select departure dates for three- to five-day voyages in Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration, both with new Serenity adults-only decks and Carnival Waterworks aqua parks.
* Celebrity Cruises: Onboard credits of $50 to $200 per stateroom, based on the length of voyage, on cruises in Alaska, the Caribbean and Europe.
* Costa Cruises: Savings of as much as 60 percent on 423 sailings throughout the world in honour of the line’s Diamond Anniversary.
* Crystal Cruises: Ten percent savings on new bookings of all verandah and non-verandah staterooms; five percent savings for penthouse accommodations. The savings apply to virtually all  Crystal Serenity’s Mediterranean cruises this summer. This offer has been extended to bookings made through March 31.
* Cunard Line: Onboard credits of up to $300, plus a waiver of deposits for second guests on select RMS Queen Mary 2 sailings and Queen Victoria inaugural European voyages.
* Holland America Line: Savings of up to $450 off brochure rates plus upgrades for as little as $100 depending on sailing. The View and Verandah promotion applies to the company’s eight ships offering select 2008 Alaska departures.
* Hurtigruten: Savings of up to $3,600 per person on the company’s Expedition cruise to Antarctica, a 22-day voyage that also features the Falkland Islands, plus savings of up to $500 per person on cruise-only fares for Norwegian Coastal Voyage.
* Majestic America Line: Complimentary stateroom upgrades and free airfare on select departures of American Queen (March sailings) and Queen of the West. The offer is good for bookings by February 28; Early Advantage Savings are available for bookings by February 22.
* MSC Cruises: “Senior Saver” offers on Caribbean sailings and Senior Saver rates beginning at $599 per person on European itineraries, a 50 percent savings. At least one person in the stateroom must be 50; children 17 and under sail free.
* Norwegian Cruise Line: Weekly special offers, including on-board credits and stateroom upgrades for select destinations, are offered as part of NCL’s “Freestyle Resolution Sales Event” and can be found at http://www.ncl.com. The promotion also includes the chance to win a free cruise.
* Princess Cruises: A special “Alaska Wilderness Sale” features savings of $200 per couple plus a $200 onboard credit on Princess cruise tours, with rates starting at $1,399 for an 11-day sailing. The offer is available on many Alaska sailings.
* Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Shipboard credits of up to $500 per suite in addition to normal published offers for new guests of Regent. The offer applies to sailings in Europe, the Mediterranean, Alaska and Tahiti.
* Royal Caribbean International: Onboard credits of up to $200 per stateroom on select Alaska sailings/tours for 2008.
* Seabourn Cruise Line:  Seabourn Cruise Line is offering 2-for-1 business class airfare from 38 North American gateways, plus savings of up to 40% for cruises of nine to 15 days in Europe aboard its Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend.
* Silversea Cruises: Forty percent savings on cruise-only fares for a wide variety of voyages worldwide is part of the line’s “Silver Sailings” programme. For last minute shoppers, this includes the 14-day Silver Cloud cruise from Mahe to Dubai, departing February 23.
* Windstar Cruises: Wind Spirit, Wind Star and Wind Surf will all feature special rates and savings on cruises in the Caribbean, Europe and throughout the Mediterranean.

For more information contact The Cruise People, Ltd. on 1-800-268-6523.

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