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Smooth sailing: Cruise lines roll out early Black Friday deals

Many major brands are dropping costs and beefing up amenity offerings for new bookings.
 
Tim Wronka (right) and Matt Infante (left), from Spectrum Bay News 9, shoot footage of Royale Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas at Port Tampa Bay Saturday, October 16, 2021. Cruise lines aren’t waiting for actual Black Friday to roll out their deals, with many major brands dropping costs and beefing up amenity offerings for new bookings.
Tim Wronka (right) and Matt Infante (left), from Spectrum Bay News 9, shoot footage of Royale Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas at Port Tampa Bay Saturday, October 16, 2021. Cruise lines aren’t waiting for actual Black Friday to roll out their deals, with many major brands dropping costs and beefing up amenity offerings for new bookings. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]
Published Nov. 21, 2023

ORLANDO, Fla. — Cruise lines aren’t waiting for actual Black Friday to roll out their deals, with many major brands dropping costs and beefing up amenity offerings for new bookings.

Carnival Cruise Line also has a pair of deals for those booking this week.

The “Pre Cyber Early Saver Sale” has up to 35% off cruise rates and reduced deposits as low as $50 per person for sailings through April 2026. The “Great Rates Free Room Upgrade Sale” also has up to 35% off and free room upgrades within the same category, but that’s only for sailings through February 2024. Both sales end Sunday. Details at carnival.com.

Celebrity Cruises is offering either a BOGO rate of 75% off for nonrefundable bookings or 50% off refundable bookings for sailings through April 30, 2026. It’s also offering $150 per passenger up to four per cabin in onboard credit. Deal ends Wednesday. Details at celebritycruises.com.

Costa Cruises is offering sailings from $399 per person with $100 onboard credit for select sailings for up to $200 credit per cabin. Deal ends Dec. 4. Details at costacruises.com.

Cunard is offering fares starting at $799 with up to $25-$500 per person in on-board credit depending on the length of the voyage. Deal ends Sunday. Details at cunard.com.

Disney Cruise Line doesn’t have any specific Black Friday deals but offers year-round discounted sailings for select voyages running up to 30% off normal prices. Florida resident deals are also in place for up to 30% of select Caribbean and Bahamas sailings, while its offering up to 35% off select Australia sailings. Deals can be found at disneycruise.disney.go.com/special-offers.

Holland America is offering 30% off cruise fares on top of prepaid gratuities on more than 800 cruises. Some European cruises qualify for a $500 air credit. The offer ends Sunday. Details at hollandamerica.com.

MSC Cruises is featuring for new sailings through 2024 an amenity package that includes free drinks, Wi-Fi and a $75-$500 on-board credit depending on length of booked trip, along with a Kids Sail Free promotion for select sailings. Deal runs through Friday. Details at msccruisesusa.com.

Norwegian Cruise Line has offers on top of its main offer of 50% off all cruises. In addition, the line is offering its “Free at Sea” promotion that includes unlimited open bar, free specialty dining, a $50 excursion credit, free Wi-Fi and free third and fourth guests on select sailings. There is also a free airfare for second guests deal on select cruises. Deal runs through Sunday. Details at ncl.com.

Oceania Cruises, which just debuted its new ship Oceania Vista from Miami, has savings of up to $5,400 per stateroom for more than 100 of its global voyages in 2024. The sailings run from seven to 34 nights for itineraries in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and South America. The line also has its “Simply More” offer in play that includes free roundtrip airfare and airport transfers, free vintage champagne. premium wines and international beers in ship restaurants and a shore excursion credit of up to $1,600 per stateroom. Deal runs through Dec. 5. Details at OceaniaCruises.com.

Princess Cruises has three savings offers in play. The headliner is 50% off all fares, which is also applicable to its upcharge packages that bundle things like Wi-Fi, beverages and gratuities. This deal is good for 2024 and 2025 sailings. Also in place is 50% off deposits for sailings 45 nights or fewer. And for select sailings, the line is offering free third and fourth passengers. Deal ends Nov. 30. Details at princess.com.

Regent Seven Seas, the luxury sister line to NCL and Oceania, also has a deal combo with up to 30% off fares and a $1,000 on-board spending credit per suite for select 2024 and 2025 voyages. Deal ends Nov. 30. Details at rssc.com.

Royal Caribbean’s Black Friday deal is knocking 30% off each guest for new bookings along with a Kids Sale Free promotion for several sailings, although with exclusions for holidays, spring break and summer. Deal ends Dec. 4. A Black Friday Early Access promotion that ends Nov. 21 offers an additional savings of up between $75-$700 per stateroom for sailings departing Dec. 15 or later. Details at royalcarribbean.com.

Seabourn, a luxury line with seven ships sailing globally, is offering a two-category veranda suite upgrade, up to $2,000 per suite of shipboard credit and 50% reduced deposits on select 2024 voyages. Deal ends Nov. 27. Details at seabourn.com.

Virgin Voyages is taking 30% off sailings through 2024 and adding a bar tab credit. The bar tab deal is worth $125 for 3-night sailings, $300 for 4-6 nights and $600 for 7 nights or more. Deal runs through Nov. 30. Details at virginvoyages.com.