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The cruise industry was one of travel’s hardest hit sectors this year, but since the industry first paused operations, it’s been examining new safety and other protocols so it can resume as quickly as possible. Good thing, too: Avid cruisers are so anxious to get back to the high seas, they’ve been booking up 2021 trips. Lately, it seems cruise lines are making even more of an effort to inspire travelers to take future trips, sharing deals and promotions for 2021, 2022, and beyond. Some of these are especially favorable, so if you’re itching to set sail again, or looking for a little travel inspiration, here are some of the best cruise deals currently out there.
Known for its plush all-suite ships, Crystal Cruises will let you book a trip with no money down, now through January 5, 2021. Until January 6, 2021, you’ll also enjoy “Book Now Savings,” which offer up to $9,000 per suite in savings. Crystal River Cruises also offers a “best available suite” upgrade for all 2021 sailings. Feel like really leaning into a cruise for 2021? “Grand Journeys”—which range from 14 to 100 nights—are an extra five percent off at the moment.
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Sail away with Norwegian Cruise Lines, known for its large yet luxurious ships, and take advantage of free, prepaid gratuities for up to two guests, in addition to a choice of two “Free at Sea” perks, which include free open bar, free specialty dining, free Wi-Fi, and shore excursion credits.
Readers Choice Awards favorite Royal Caribbean International is allowing kids to sail free all summer long in 2021. Book now and you’ll get 60 percent off your second guest, and up to $100 instant savings on all 2021 sailings. Plus, Crown & Anchor Society members get double points on 2021 sailings.
If you’ve always eyed sophisticated Ponant cruises but found the price tag a little steep, now is the time to book. They’re offering up to an astounding 30 percent off select European cruises, including a cuisine-themed seven-night cruise through Northern Europe in partnership with Relais & Chateaux; a World Affairs in the Baltic Sea itinerary hosted by U.S. Ambassador to NATO and former Deputy National Security Advisor Douglas Lute; and a cultural heritage-themed cruise from Scotland to Portugal accompanied by world-class chamber musicians led by Michael Parloff, former principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
AmaWaterways has a Solo Travelers Special, providing 25 percent off single supplements for balconies and staterooms for more than 400 Europe and Mekong river cruises in 2021. Book now and you’ll receive free roundtrip airfare for select 2021 European river cruises, and a five percent early booking reward for highly sought-after 2022 Europe, Mekong, and Egypt itineraries.
American Queen Steamboat Company & Victory Cruise Lines
All-American favorites American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines are offering a “Come Home to America” promotion, extending guests up to $6,800 in savings on select 2021 sailings booked with the promo code 2021 Come Home, for cruises from the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes and Coastal New England. No passport required.
A leader in experiential travel in South America, Quasar Expeditions offers elevated, sustainable cruises around the Galapagos on their two yachts, the MV Evolution and the MY Grace (the latter of which was formerly owned by Grace Kelly). To entice travelers back into cruising, Quasar is offering up to 35 percent off select seven-night cruises now through February 2021. In addition to the discount, Quasar will cover your flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos, your Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, and Transit Control Card fee for these bookings.
Oceania Cruises’ “Ultimate Sale” offers far-flung destinations at unrivaled savings. Valid for more than 300 sailings, choose from 7- to 61-day voyages from the Panama Canal to Southeast Asia. The deal includes free roundtrip economy airfare with free roundtrip transfers, free internet, and a choice of either a free beverage package, free shore excursions, or an $800 onboard credit.
Regent Seven Seas
Head to Alaska, Western Canada, or New England with Regent Seven Seas Cruises and your fare includes free first-class air on a selection of 2021 sailings. Head to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean with the luxury cruise liner and receive a free two-category suite upgrade (up to a Penthouse Suite), as well as a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay when you upgrade to a Concierge Suite.
Book with Cunard before November 18, 2020, and you’ll enjoy an “Upgrades on Us” package, which includes free upgrades, free gratuities, free alternative dining, and a 50 percent reduced deposit. Return customers will also receive a $200 onboard credit.
Take in the best of European river cruising with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Their “Picture-Perfect Savings” offer saves $500 per person and waives the single supplement.
Atlas Ocean Voyages
Sign up for a cruise on the World Navigator’s inaugural 2021 summer season, and Atlas Ocean Voyages will throw in a complimentary pre-cruise land tour. With destinations including The Holy Land, the Black and Mediterranean Seas, and South America, that means there is certainly as much to see from terra firma as there is from the water.