More cruise lines are joining Black Friday retail sales promotions, and these deals typically last more than one day. So would-be cruisers have time to compare products and prices, along with special incentives designed to make a vacation at sea irresistible. We combed through a bunch and found these great values:
* Norwegian Cruise Line’s sale, now under way, lets consumers choose from two added-value options on bookings made by Nov. 30. Guests who book a three- through 16-day cruise in any category stateroom on any sailing more than 30 days prior to departure can select two of these four offers: a free Ultimate Beverage Package, a free Specialty Dining Package, free $50 per port shore excursion credits in up to four ports, and a free 250 minute WiFi package.
Guests who book a suite or The Haven by Norwegian will receive all four added amenities, making their cruise an all-inclusive experience. In addition to Norwegian’s Black Friday Sale, guests who book a new cruise vacation on one of Norwegian Sun’s magnificent South America sailings will receive $100 in onboard credit on select sail dates. To top it all off, those who book a new cruise vacation during Norwegian’s Black Friday Sale will enjoy reduced deposits for all sailings through the end of June 2016.
See all of Norwegian’s deals here.
* MSC Cruises kicks off the holiday season with hot Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals starting Thursday, Nov. 26 and lasting through Dec. 2. The special sale includes up to 30 percent off select seven-night or longer Caribbean spring and winter 2016-2017 sailings on the 3,500-guest MSC Divina, which is based in Miami, plus up to $400 in shipboard credit per stateroom.
Under this promotion, guests can cruise on the MSC Divina for prices starting at $399 per person for a weeklong sailing. Get all the details here.
* Expedition and exploration cruise lines also are getting in on the Black Friday action. Norway-based Hurtigruten is knocking an additional 10 percent off already-discounted prices for a total savings of up to 35 percent during its sale, running Nov. 27 through Dec. 3.
It offers discounts on Hurtigruten’s most popular products: all 2015-2016 Classic Coastal Voyages along Norway’s fjord-indented west coast; all 2016-2017 Discovery Style Voyages to Antarctica aboard the MS Midnatsol; and all 2016-2017 Midnatsol repositioning sailings from Europe to Africa, across the Atlantic, and along the coast of South America.
Sample fares include $872 per person, double, for a six-day Winter Northern Lights Voyage (savings of $496) or $1,514 for a six-day Summer Midnight Sun Classic Voyage (savings of $776); and $5,517 for 15-day Midnatsol voyage to the South Atlantic, Antarctica and the Chilean Patagonia (savings of $2,818). See Hurtigruten’s sale details here.
* Adventure Canada is offering rare discounts on its 2016 Arctic Explorer expedition, sailing from Aug. 15 to 26, 2016 aboard the Ocean Endeavour, for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Passengers will receive 20 percent off the berth cost of the trip when booking cabin categories six and above. This Black Friday offer represents potential savings of $2,379 to $3,399 per traveler.
If passengers book between Cyber Monday, November 30, 2015 and Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3PM, they will receive 15 percent off the berth cost when booking cabin categories six and above. Depending on the cabin booked, savings can total between $1,784 and $2,549 per traveler.
Arctic Explorer cruises the Canadian Arctic’s wildest and most remote destinations. Known as the “place with no dawn,” Qausuittuq marks the beginning of the expedition, where the Ocean Endeavor launches its exploration of the Canadian Arctic. Passengers will embark on a historical, cultural and wildlife tour, starting with a visit to the final resting place of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition. Guests will also have the opportunity to gaze across the snow-swept cliffs of Baffin Island in search of polar bears, walrus, and bowhead whales, all while experiencing the local Inuit culture.
To book aboard the Arctic Explorer expedition promotion cruise, consumers are asked to call 800-363-7566, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.