As 2019 gets underway, more cruise lines are coming out with a new wave of deals. This Wave Season is offering up a plethora of deals on all kinds of itineraries.
Viking’s River Cruises
Special Cruise Fares: Discounts given for 2019/2020 bookings on some of Viking’s most popular itineraries, including Romantic Danube, Danube Waltz, Rhine Getaway and Portugal’s River of Gold, among others.
Up to Free Air: Free roundtrip international air valid on 2019/2020 departures of Grand European Tour and Waterways of the Tsars. Air savings vary on other itineraries. Air offers valid on all North American gateways except Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan and Mexico City.
Deals expire on January 31, 2019.
Viking Ocean Cruises
Special Cruise Fares: Discounts given for 2019/2020 bookings on some of Viking’s most popular itineraries, including Viking Homelands, Into the Midnight Sun and West Indies Explorer, among others.
Air from $199: Roundtrip air for $199 per person based on available January-February 2020 departures of Cultural Cuba. Air savings vary on other itineraries. Air offers valid on all North American gateways except Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan and Mexico City.
Deals expire on January 31, 2019.
For more information, visit https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/promotions.html
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line is offering up its limited-time “Let Fun Live: sales event, which will feature an array of different offers. The promotion is valid on more than 3,000 sailings from now until 2021 to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico and other destinations.
Carnival Cruise Line has announced the launch of Carnival Panorama. The company says it is the first new Carnival ship on the West Coast in 20 years, setting sail in December 2019. The company has also announced the transformation of Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory into Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance, respectively; the most diverse European schedule aboard Carnival Legend with visits to 34 ports in 14 countries; Carnival’s first-ever series of voyages from San Francisco on Carnival Miracle; and of course, the unveiling of Mardi Gras, featuring BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster, the first roller coaster at sea.
For more information, visit https://www.goccl.com/.
Scenic has announced several specials available on the Scenic Eclipse during the Wave Season. Guests booking any April 2019 through August 2020 departure by February 28, 2019, will get complimentary private roundtrip transfers between their home and the airport; free deposit protection coverage; and up to $500 per person on board credit. Guests booking any 2019 North American voyage will also get a free two-night hotel stay in New York City. As sales have been brisk for the 228-guest luxury yacht, the company advises that travel agents and consumers book early.
Fares for The Scenic Eclipse are all-inclusive, covering every aspect of the cruise, excepting massages and hair dresser services, and use of the ship’s helicopters and submarine. All meals in any of the nine restaurants or 24-hour room service, all excursions, all drinks at any of the eight lounges and bars and in room mini-bar, butler service, gratuities, lectures from onboard experts, airport transfers, etc. – all included.
Guests looking to extend their vacations can choose from a variety of Scenic’s new Escorted Land Journeys that add multi-day land tours to cruises. These land adventures, with no more than 20 guests, are fully escorted by experienced tour directors and include hotel accommodations, some meals, all tours with local guides, tipping and more.
The ship has 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 345 ft² to 2,659 ft²; 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; a 5,920 ft² spa with a well-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio; two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine capable of depths of nearly 1,000 feet; a 240-seat theater for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.
And then there is the technology: zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50 percent larger than standard to provide greater stability; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A Super); redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; bridge systems; and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing any environmental affect in sensitive regions.
For more information, visit https://www.scenicusa.com/
PONANT is offering additional savings on select sailings to Central and South America in 2019 and to the Mediterranean in 2020. With additional incentives for early bookings, travelers can save up to 30 percent on fares throughout the regions.
Beginning with the 2019 sailings, PONANT will have four ships in Central and South American waters, calling at ports in Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Guatemala and more. Guests will discover pre-Columbian monuments and colonial cities. Many, such as ancient Palenque and Uxmal in Mexico, and Chile's historic port of Valparaiso, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Over 30 itineraries are still showing availability during 2019, many of which offering additional savings through a PONANT bonus offer. The 14-day Chilean Fjords & Patagonia sailing on Le Boreal, for example, sails from Ushuaia in Argentina to Valparaiso in Chile from March 4, 2019 to March 17, 2019 and is available with a savings of up to 25 percent. The itinerary offers contrasting landscapes and still-unspoiled lands.
Looking ahead to 2020, availability throughout the Mediterranean includes sailings to Croatia, Athens, Istanbul, Venice, and more. Sailings such as July 2020’s Treasures of the Aegean Sea begins at $3,250 per stateroom with an additional 30 percent PONANT bonus offer available. Later in the season, cabins are also still available on the October 11th Canary Islands and Cape Verde sailing, beginning at $5,380 before a 25 percent PONANT bonus.
For more information on PONANT itineraries in the Atlantic and North Europe, Asia and the Indian Ocean, Eastern Asia, Oceania, Central and South America, visit www.ponant.com.
Avalon Waterways is launching The Suite Life Sales Event to entice travelers to book their 2019 river cruise now, with the biggest savings of the year.
Avalon Waterways Suite Ships offer guests two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites. The cruise company says these offer the widest-opening windows in river cruising, the industry’s only Open-Air Balconies and beds that face the views for which river cruising is famous.
Avalon’s new Avalon Choice program is featured in its television ads that showcase “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” excursions, in addition to the company’s Suite Ships.
Avalon Waterways has also launched The Suite Life Sales Event and trade campaign with the following promotion (the biggest savings all year):
- $299 air and $1,000 OFF per couple on select 2019 European departures
- $2,000 OFF per couple on luxury expedition cruises on the Mekong River in SE Asia
- $699 Air and $500 OFF per couple on India sailings
For more information, visit https://www.avalonwaterways.com/
UnCruise Adventures, a small ship cruise line, heads into the new year with up to $600 savings on select adventure cruises in Alaska and Costa Rica/Panama. Ships carrying 22-90 guests sail adventure cruises with included activities and a focus on nature and wildlife.
Southeast Alaska Savings
Alaska Air Credit: Travelers heading north for adventure can stake their claim on an Alaska Air credit saving up to $600 per couple on select 2019 departures on board the 90-guest Legacy and 22-guest Safari Quest. Book by February 28, 2019 for sailings between April – August 2019. Mention code ADVAIRAK to receive the savings on three adventure cruise itineraries—Alaska’s Glacier Country; Alaska Yacht – Bears, Bergs and Bushwhacking; and Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise.
Grandparent Family Savings: Multi-generational families save $500 per couple on the grandparents’ cruise fare when they bring the grandkids along on a family adventure. The offer is good for travel on select Legacy departures sailing Alaska’s Glacier Country and Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise. Book by February 28, 2019 for travel April through August 2019 and mention code GRANDAK. Kids ages eight to 13 receive a $500 savings on every departure.
Hotel Night plus Tram – Guests on select Safari Quest departures can extend their stay and explore Juneau before flying to Petersburg, Alaska for their eight-night Alaska Yacht – Bears, Bergs and Bushwhacking adventure. A complimentary pre-cruise hotel night with a scenic aerial tram ride for two is available on ten dates: May 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20; July 4, 18, 25; August 29, 2019. Book by February 28, 2019 and mention code AKHTLTRAM.
Alaska adventure cruise itineraries with savings offer:
Alaska’s Glaciers Country: New in 2019, the 90-guest Legacy sails roundtrip from Juneau with one day in Glacier Bay National Park and explores Icy Strait, Endicott Arm with Dawes Glacier, Chatham Strait and Frederick Sound.
Alaska Yacht – Bears, Bergs and Bushwhacking: The eight-night itinerary explores four wilderness areas—South Baranof, Admiralty, Tebenkof, Stikine-LeConte Glacier.
Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise: The Legacy sails a 14-night itinerary from Juneau to Seattle. The route explores Glacier Bay National Park, Petersburg, Haines, Misty Fjords National Monument, Ketchikan, San Juan Islands and Canada’s Inside Passage.
Costa Rica/Panama savings
The 66-guest Safari Voyager sails eight- and 10-night adventure cruises one-way between San José, Costa Rica and Panama City, Panama (and reverse). New savings are available on the eight-night cruises operating through April 2019.
Air Credit – Save up to $600 per couple on four sailings in Costa Rica/Panama. The savings can be used on Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panama Canal: March 1, 29; April 5, 2019 and Unveiled Wonders—Fitness & Yoga: March 8. Book by January 31, 2019 and mention code ADVAIRCRP.
Adventure Savings – Save up to $200 per couple on Unveiled Wonders sailings in Costa Rica/Panama. Savings available on dates through April 12, 2019. Book by January 31, 2019 and mention code CRP200-18.
Unveiled Wonders: An eight-night adventure begins with a pre-cruise hotel night before boarding the Safari Voyager for jungle, beach and sea explorations. Snorkel in Panama’s tropical islands. Transit the Panamá Canal. Explore Costa Rica’s remote Osa Conservation Area and Curú National Wildlife Refuge.
Adventure activities are included in every UnCruise—kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches.
For more information, visit https://www.uncruise.com/
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced its inaugural Time To Explore promotion for luxury travelers who book voyages in early 2019.
Guests who reserve a voyage by February 15, 2019 will experience a $500 Shipboard Credit per suite for 30 select Alaska, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Panama Canal voyages sailing this year. After February 15, the Shipboard Credit is reduced to $250 per suite for bookings made by March 31, 2019. The Shipboard Credit can be used pre-cruise to book a selection of Regent Choice Shore Excursions.
For more information on this special offer, visit www.RSSC.com