aNewDomain — I never thought I was the cruise type until I went on one. Most ships spoil with crews that are friendly, courteous and realize they are in the hospitality biz. And though I’ve usually taken small ship cruises, it’s the larger ships that make cruising possible for everyone.
And one of the best features of the Cyber Monday deals is that a few cruise lines are throwing in free amenities such as alcohol or gratuities, and both of those tabs alone can add up during a 7-10 day cruise.
A Vacations To Go deal on Norwegian Cruise Lines promises savings of up to 87 percent along with a choice of two of these perks: “1) free drinks, 2) a free Specialty Dining Package for two, 3) 250 minutes of Internet access or 4) a shore excursion credit of $50 per cabin, per port (for a maximum of four ports, starting and ending ports not included).” But the deal must be booked on November 30.
Cruise.com’s Holland America extended “Black Friday” deals are still good on November 30 and include up to 50 percent savings on select flights and up to $600 onboard credit and more.
And TravelZoo highly recommends the Princess Cruise line deals offered by CruCon Cruise Outlet for the included amenities on most sailings from January 2016 through April, 2017. According to TravelZoo, these inclusives can include:
- Unlimited drinks, including all alcoholic beverages (a $64.90 per person daily value)
- Prepaid gratuities (up to $16.45 per person daily value)
- Up to $300 in onboard credits (per cabin)
- Third and fourth passengers in a cabin get a nonalcoholic beverage package ($18 per person daily value) and a 40-minute Internet package
- Sky Suites and higher receive even more perks
So if you think 2016 or 2017 may be the year you cruise for the first time or revisit pampering on the high seas, check out the deals available through Cruise.com, VacationsToGo and CruCon Cruise Outlet today.
You just can’t beat going to sleep in one place and waking up in another. The hardest part of cruising is disembarking, especially if you are flying home. Because you are moving from gentle travel where you are treated with kid gloves to the harsh realities of airport security. You just hope you won’t have to be frisked or manhandled by a brusque security person.
For aNewDomain, I’m Terry Gardner.
Screenshot from cruise.com and image of Auke Bay, Juneau, Alaska by: Terry Gardner. All rights reserved.