Cruise Bargains Everywhere
Written by: Paul Motter
I can’t think of a single cruise line that has not cut prices or offering incentives to book right now.
From Carnival offering “best available upgrades” on cruises that are already reduced to NCL offering shipboard credit with every cruise booked, from $50 for less that 7-day cruise in inside cabins to $500 for suites on cruises over 7 days long.
Celebrity Cruises is also offering up to $200 in shipboard credit.
Oceania Cruises is offering 2 for 1 cruise fares – plus free airfare on several Mediaterranean cruises this summer. Regent Seven Seas has many cruises this summer where they are giving away free shore excursions. Do you know how much I can spend on shore excursions on a single cruise? A LOT!
Silversea has many special voyages with up to 40% off and free airfare to Europe. Air to Europe should cost about $1500 this summer. more or less, probably more.
Avalon Cruises – a river cruise company, is offering savings of up to $400 per stateroom.
I want to talk a little about river cruises. If you have never taken one let me tell you – they are great. Not only are they priced right but what you may not realize is that river cruises (In Europe) have ALWAYS given free shore tours included in the cruise fare.
Personally, I cannot think of a better way to see Europe. You get your stateroom, wonderful locally purchased food prepared by a gourmet chef, free wine with dinner and all of the tours they offer (usually, sometimes certain tours are extra).
These European River cruises up the Seine or Rhone, the Rhine or the Danube visit wonderful ports of call. Some of them offer add-on cities like Prague, some of them sail all the way from Amsterdam to the Black Sea.
You can cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow through the interior of Russia – a fantastic cruise. If you grew up during the cold war like I did the interior of Russia could not be more faascinating. From the Moscow Circus to the Kirov Ballet, The Hermitage and Winter Palace, or the Amber Room at Katherine’s Palace.
Our French river cruise on the Seine was wonderful. We saw Paris as well as Rouen, the city where Joan of Arc met her final fate. Then we saw the beaches of Normandy including the actual German bunkers that U.S> troops had to scale cliffs to capture. Thousands of lives were lost but we prevailed.
The food in Normandy is fantastic. It is dairy country, France’s version of Wisconsin. Delicious soups and sweets made with salted butter, yum…
This is the year to see Europe. We are already seeing 10-day cruises on the like of Holland America’s brand new Eurodam for as low as $1099/person. HALs Oosterdam is also in Europe with fantastic deals.
This is the time to book a cruise – we suggest snatching up the deals now with a deposit and then hold off on the final payment just in case the price drops even more. We can’t imagine prices any better than these, but there they are!
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