Niche Cruise Marketing Alliance Serves Up Serious Savings to Members

American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines is offering $400 off per stateroom for those who book a cruise three months or more in advance.

In addition to saving money, earlier booking increases the chance of reserving the itinerary and stateroom of a passenger's choice.

Choose from the following itineraries (Eight-day/Seven-night cruise unless stated otherwise):

*    Historic South & Golden Isles
*    New England Islands
*    Maine Coast & Harbors
*    Columbia & Snake Rivers Chesapeake Bay
*    Grand New England (11-day/ten-night) - Potomac and Tidewaters
*    Great Rivers of Florida
*    Hudson River Fall Foliage Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage
*    East Coast Inland Passage (15-day/14-night)
*    Great Western Rivers
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has four British Isles Cruises that will entice any Anglophile considering cruising this summer or fall. Book 90 days prior to departure and receive an onboard spending credit of up to $155 per cabin.

Cruises are nine or ten nights in duration and depart June 10, August 8, September 1 and September 25, 2011.

Ports of call differ on each departure but makes stops in well-known ports such as Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Ireland; Holyhead, Whales; Kirkwall, Scotland; Dover, England and many more.

Prices start at $1,483 per person for an inside cabin based on double occupancy, including all port charges and taxes.

All cruises offer the Flagship Golf program. For an additional $620 per person, each golfer receives four rounds of golf, including green fees, transport to and from courses, welcome party for golfers and their non-playing partners, free practice facilities onboard and up to five tuition sessions with the onboard PGA professional.
Stunning glaciers, mammoth icebergs, breathtaking tundra and up-close experiences with penguin colonies are par for the course on Hurtigruten's seven Antarctica itineraries - sailing between November 2011 and February 2012.

And for guests booking by March 31, 2011, prices for these cruises are discounted up to 20% - a savings of up to $3,421 per person. The 12- to 20-day itineraries, aboard the deluxe expedition ship MS Fram, include a night in Buenos Aires before and after the cruise, all meals onboard, expert guides, lectures and PolarCirkel boat landings.

Possibilities include:
*    20-Day Shackleton's Antarctica, which includes fascinating lectures by polar experts; the scenic 15-Day Chilean Fjords and Antarctica, a voyage filled with sightings of Elephant and Fur seals, Minke whales, many of the world's 17 species of penguin, and large flocks of seabirds

*    13-Day Weddell Sea Adventure, which spends eight days exploring the unspoiled wilderness of the "White Continent"; and Shackleton's Christmas in Antarctica, a

*    17-day celebration that includes traditional carols, Norwegian glogg (mulled wine), Santa Claus and a special Christmas breakfast. Prices are $5,858 to $13,684 per person, double, after the discount.
Imperial River Cruises
Right now, the New York-based supplier of river cruises and specialized travel services is offering customers the chance to save big money.

Book and pay in full by March 31 and get $500 off per double cabin. It's a chance to save on cruises between Moscow and St. Petersburg, the voyage between Kiev and Istanbul, trips to the Golden Ring cities and the Volga River and more. 

Star Clippers Guests looking to take a western Mediterranean sailing this summer aboard a Star Clippers tall ship will have even more incentive to book now - savings up to 50 percent off select sailings on Royal Clipper and Star Flyer. Royal Clipper offers itineraries that call at ports throughout Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece, as well as cruises to Spain, Portugal and France.

The Star Flyer Ligurian and Tyrrhenian itineraries sail between Monte Carlo, Monaco, and Cannes, France, and call at ports throughout France, Corsica and Italy, including two sailings coinciding with the Monaco Grand Prix. An Oct. 8 departure focuses on several ports in Spain.

The cruises range in length from seven- to 11-nights and run from April through October. Cruise fares for a seven-night sailing aboard Royal Clipper begin at $1,088 per person, double occupancy, which includes the special savings.

The cruise rates for the seven-night sailings aboard Star Flyer begin at $1,245 per person, double occupancy, also including the savings.

NCMA member lines include Alaskan Dream Cruises, American Cruise Lines, Cruceros Australis, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Galapagos Explorer II, Hurtigruten, Imperial River Cruises, Louis Cruises and Star Clippers.