Cruise Lines Gone Crazy

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line says in spite of the fact that they are booking more cruise passengers than ever, they are actually making less money this year than a year ago.  Why?  Because there are so many competitors offering so many discounts and perks, they have had to offer huge specials of their own in order to fill up their ships.

WHAT DOES IT MEANIt means it’s a shoppers paradise right now!  It means, without exaggeration, that taking a cruise vacation will get you more and cost you less than ever in the history of all vacations.

WHAT ARE THEY OFFERINGLet’s take them one by one:

Norwegian Cruise Line calls it “Freestyle Choice:” – Book a cruise to the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska in an oceanview or higher cabin (anything but inside) and choose one of three offers, or book a Europe cruise in an oceanview or higher cabin and choose two offers:  1, up to a $200 on board credit; 2, a free beverage package; 3, a free dinning package in their specialty restaurants.  On a seven day cruise, that dinning package would amount to about $350.>

Princess Cruises – It’s the 50th Anniversary of The Love Boat and they are offering up to a $500 per person savings, depending on the initial price of the stateroom; free specialty dining for 2; as well as up to a $200 onboard credit (money that can be spent for anything your cruise ship is selling, including shore excursions, but not for the casino), and, of course, the actual amount depends on the price of the stateroom.

Celebrity Cruises is having what they call a “1 2 3 Go” promotion – oceanview or higher bookings get one or more bonuses including a beverage package (up to $88 per day, including beer, wine and cocktails, as well as specialty drinks), prepaid gratuities, onboard credit up to $300, plus free Internet for third and fourth passengers.

Royal Caribbean (RCCL)has extended their “Vow to Wow” sale (originally set to end on January 31st) – book a cruise for two and the second guest goes for half off.  Plus, get up to a $200 onboard credit to spend any way you’d like and a 50-percent reduced deposit to hold your booking.

More than ever, cruises offer so much at very affordable prices:  a floating hotel room, fine dining, plus nightly entertainment, as well as other onboard fun, and exotic ports of call, all at fabulously low prices.  It’s certainly a way you can enjoy luxury at a very reasonable cost.

A great way to check out your own cruise possibilities is by using the Columbus Travel cruise search engine on the home page of this website (columbusvacations.com).  Choose the destination you want, then the cruise line, if you have a favorite, the time of year, and finally the length of cruise.  Then click the “GO” tab and every cruise fitting your criteria will appear for your browsing enjoyment.  When I find one I like, I call a Columbus Travel agent, and discuss it.  I’m given some tips and suggestions to enhance my choice, and then I book it (after, of course, getting final approval from my better half).  I only act after getting the “okay” from the boss.

Note:  All of the above promotions are set to expire at the end of February, 2015.

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