There has never been a better time to cruise close to home and fly free.
American now offers Flat Rate Domestic Airfare for all its domestic cruises, and for a limited time, the company is also offering Complimentary Airfare on select Upper Mississippi River cruises between St. Louis, MO and St. Paul, MN; summer departures with Complimentary Air are aboard American Melody: 7/29/22, 8/5/22, 8/12/22, 8/19/22, & 8/26/22. American Cruise Lines
Remote, tropical, romantic, and beautiful – it’s one of the world’s most aspirational places to visit: The Islands of Tahiti, otherwise known as French Polynesia.
This October, there’s double the chance. The 148-guest Wind Spirit, complete with sails built for the breezes of the South Pacific, is sailing around the Islands of Tahiti now, but in October, Windstar will move the all-suite, 312-guest Star Breeze to the region, increasing capacity with two yacht options to choose from.
In February 2024, Star Breeze will move to Tahiti year-round in place of Wind Spirit.
As part of the celebration, Windstar is offering an all-in package that includes Air + Hotel. Cruise fares start at $5,099 per person and include the cruise hotel package, and roundtrip airfare from LAX. If booked before August 31, 2022, it also includes unlimited Wi-Fi, beer, wine, cocktails, and gratuities. Windstar Cruises
Princess Cruises launched a limited time offer that will help preserve summer vacations and fall getaways, by offering guests savings of up to 40 percent off cruise fares to sought-after destinations including the California Coast, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, Canada/New England, the Caribbean and Panama Canal.
Now through August 31, 2022, cruisers can save up to 40 percent on 2022 itineraries and up to 25 percent on 2023 voyages. Sample cruise fares per person, based on double occupancy include:
7-Day Classic California Coast on Ruby Princess (October 1, 2022), starting at $499
7-Day Mexican Riviera on Royal Princess (November 13, 2022), starting at $699
7-Day Canada & New England on Enchanted Princess (October 22, 2022), starting at $799
7-Day Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers on Grand Princess (May 6, 2023), starting at $499
7-Day Mediterranean with France & Italy on Enchanted Princess (April 15, 2023), starting at $849
7-Day Western Caribbean with Mexico on Ruby Princess (January 8, 2023), starting at $499
All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PT on August 31, 2022, and is available to residents 21 years of age and older of the United States & D.C., Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda. Princess Cruises
AIDA Cruises does everything in its power to ensure that guests can enjoy their vacation in a relaxed and safe manner and offers added flexibility and safety backed by a comprehensive health and hygiene concept. With the AIDA Winter Promise, guests remain flexible in their vacation planning: Up to 40 days before the start of the cruise, they can rebook free of charge.
This applies to new bookings of winter voyages until August 31, 2022 for departures between October 27, 2022 to April 22, 2023. AIDA Cruises
Holland America Line is giving consumers the confidence to make travel plans through the summer, fall and holidays with the extension of its “Worry-Free Promise” to Dec. 31, 2022, for all cruises booked by Sept. 30, 2022.
Under the promise’s Flexible Cancellation Plan, guests who make a new booking by Sept. 30, 2022, for itineraries that depart on or before Dec. 31, can cancel for any reason up to 30 days before departure and receive a Future Cruise Credit.
In addition, Holland America Line has added the COVID-19 Protection Program that provides further peace of mind for guests within 30 days of embarkation who may be unable to travel because of a positive test for COVID-19. Under the program, which also applies to bookings prior to Sept. 30, 2022, that depart on or before Dec. 31, guests who cannot travel due to a positive test or new governmental travel restriction will be eligible for a Future Cruise Credit. Holland America Line
Lindblad Expeditions has added four Antarctica departures for the 2022/23 season aboard their extraordinary new polar vessel, the 126-guest National Geographic Resolution. The voyages are all set for early season October/November voyages, as the austral summer is dawning, and this frozen world is springing to life.
Guests booking any of the newly added departures will receive complimentary round-trip air from Miami to Santiago, Chile, plus charter flights to Ushuaia to embark the ship. Special offers for the South Georgia and The Falklands departure include 25% off solo cabins, and book three full-paying guests and bring a fourth person free (combinable with air offer). Lindblad Expeditions
Scenic has unveiled several brand-new Arctic voyages, growing their 2023/24 Arctic & Fjords collection, as well as adding a first-time exploration of the Scottish Isles. Scenic Eclipse and Scenic Eclipse II, which is set to launch in Spring 2023, will introduce almost 40 new landings throughout the Arctic & Fjords and Canadian Arctic region -- giving guests the chance to discover new horizons and venture further than ever before in ultra-luxury style. Guests booking any of these voyages can save up to 20% when paying in full 12 months prior to departure. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Riviera River Cruises is offering an unprecedented $1,000 per person discount on the majority of its departures in Europe through October 2022. Cruise the Rhine, Moselle, Main, Danube, Seine or Rhône Rivers or the Dutch waterways, experiencing Riviera’s spacious cabins and suites, fine culinary experiences and thoughtfully balanced itineraries with excursions that visit iconic sights and hidden gems, all for less this year.
Details of the discount:
• $1,000 off per-person prices listed on Riviera’s website, on any category of cabin or suite.
• Valid on new bookings for departures through October 2022.
• Excludes Douro River cruises, holiday-season cruises and departures for solo travelers.
Riviera River Cruises is the only European river cruise line that doesn’t accept direct bookings, preferring to send the business to its travel advisor partners instead. Consumers who contact Riviera directly are referred to a travel advisor partner at full commission. Riviera Travel - River Cruises
Ama means love, and AmaWaterways is celebrating the start of its 2022 sailing season through Europe with the launch of an all-new ‘More to Love’ sale, available on select 2022 European river cruises.
The luxury river cruise line is now offering a truly worry-free comprehensive package with a 7-night river cruise in a French balcony stateroom, round-trip airfare, transfers, a pre- or post-cruise land package, port charges and Travel Waiver Plus all included with a starting price of $5,499 USD* per person. To ensure maximum flexibility, two alternative specially priced packages are also available for clients that may have their own air or land arrangements.
The ‘More to Love’ sale is available for new FIT reservations on over 60 cruises departing between March and the end of December 2022 and is being promoted only through travel advisor partners. (*Terms and Conditions apply) AmaWaterways
Through a unique sweepstakes, Porsche and Princess fans can win a one-of-one, customized, all-electric Porsche Taycan, part of the cruise line's recently announced partnership with the Porsche Club of America. The customized high-performance vehicle is emblazoned with the cruise line's iconic seawitch, in a fashion similar to the design that adorns the bow of every Princess ship.
The sweepstakes takes place June 13 through November 30, 2022 and is available to residents of North America (Excludes residents of Quebec, Canada). Entering the sweepstakes is easy -- guests can sail on a Princess MedallionClass cruise, purchase a Princess add-on package, make a MedallionPay shoreside purchase or simply get OceanReady for their upcoming voyage, among more ways.
Fans can enter this exciting sweepstakes through a variety of methods with each method counting as one entry. These include: Sailing with Princess between June and November 2022 (1 entry)
Getting OceanReady between June and November 2022 for any future voyage (1 entry)
Buying a MedallionClass accessory pre-cruise between June and November 2022 (1 entry)
Making a MedallionPay Shoreside purchase between June and November 2022 (1 entry per port use)
Purchasing Princess Premier add-on or upgrading from Princess Plus to Princess Premier between June and November 2022 (1 entry) - does not require sailing in the same time period
Registering to win at www.princess.com/taycansweepstakes (1 entry)
Registering at any Porsche Club of America Event between June and November
Complete rules can be found on www.princess.com/taycansweepstakes. The winner will be selected in a random drawing December 15, 2022. Princess Cruises
MSC Cruises is launching a new group booking promotion this summer, giving U.S.-based travel advisors and their group clients access to extra rewards on cruises sailing through November 2023. Incentives include discounted cruise fares, free berths, bonus amenity points, and more. MSC Cruises
AIDA vacation plans for summer 2023 can now be made: On December 16, 2021, bookings start for the most beautiful AIDA cruises from April to October 2023 and a summer full of experiences in the most exciting places in Europe. In Northern Europe, guests will experience the breathtaking scenery of Norway, Iceland and Spitsbergen. From the Adriatic to the western and eastern Mediterranean, they will visit fascinating cities and romantic bays - and enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle!
Clever booking: The advantages for early bookers
If you book at the AIDA PREMIUM rate, you can get up to 300 euros early bird plus discount for summer departures in 2023 if you book by November 30, 2022. The contingent is limited and applies to the 1st and 2nd person in the cabin. Other advantages of the AIDA PREMIUM rate include the choice of the preferred stateroom as well as two bottles of mineral water and a 250 MB Internet package on board every day. The voyages can also be booked at the AIDA PREMIUM All INCLUSIVE rate. In addition to the services in the PEMIUM rate, it includes the most extensive AIDA beverage package and a social media flat rate for the entire voyage. AIDA Cruises
UniworldBoutique River Cruises has added a new 2022 course to Uniworld University, the brand’s online travel advisor education program. The course, titled New for 2022, will give advisors a sense of what their clients can expect onboard Uniworld cruises this year. After completing the course, advisors will receive a special discounted rate of up to 60% off 2022 cruises.
Travel advisors can register for the new course at UniworldUniversity.com and gain access to the full TTC Agency Academy platform, which includes a host of trainings and e-learning tools for Trafalgar, Contiki, Insight Vacations and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. The platform is hosted on Litmos and can be found on the SAP Litmos mobile app. Once downloaded, enter thetravelcorporation.litmos.com to begin. Travel Advisors can also earn continued education credits with Uniworld University through CLIA and The Travel Institute. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise
Scenic has unveiled its full 2023/2024 Antarctica and South America Voyages & Land Journeys collection as the first in a series of extraordinary destination brochures. The ultra-luxury program includes details of the company’s second yacht, Scenic Eclipse II, which will double Scenic’s capacity in the Polar regions. A truly remarkable and rare sight will take place when both Discovery Yachts meet for the first time when sailing in Antarctica in December 2023.
Guests booking and paying for their cruise in full 12 months prior to departure will save up to 20% on the cruise fare with Scenic’s Super Earlybird offer. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Crystal announced that it has extended its current flexible payment and booking policies through December 2022 across its luxury fleet, including Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Expedition Cruises, providing peace of mind for travelers when planning their future vacations.
The company’s updated Crystal Confidence policies for 2022 relax the final payment deadline to 60 days prior to the first date of service, while guests who pay in full 90 days prior to the first date of service will continue to save an additional 2.5 percent off their cruise fare. Guests sailing in 2022 may also cancel their booking without penalty up to 60 days prior to their first date of service.
Crystal is also extending reduced deposits of 15 percent and waiving administrative fees for all new 2022-24 bookings. Affected reservations are in the process of being updated to reflect the updated booking and payment policies which are subject to change. Crystal Cruises
Today (March 22, 2022), Royal Caribbean International has launched ‘The Royal Pitch,’ a competition dedicated to consortia members. Travel agents, who are members of a consortia, have the exclusive opportunity to pitch forward-thinking concepts to the cruise line to help grow their business.
Those who are successful will win a share of £200,000 to go toward making their ideas a reality.
The winning advisors will be chosen by a panel of experts, including Levi Roots, the entrepreneur who rose to fame by pitching his “Reggae Reggae Sauce” on BBC2's Dragon's Den in 2007. Consortia members’ business ideas can encompass anything from creative social marketing campaigns to new technology, and those agents who are shortlisted will pitch in person to Levi and his fellow judges at a series of live events.
There are four opportunities to enter The Royal Pitch competition over the next 12 months, with the first round kicking off on 1st April, 2022, which opens for entries for four weeks. The first day of in-person pitching and judging will then take place on 8th June, 2022 at Royal Caribbean’s headquarters in Weybridge, Surrey.
Three further rounds of entries and live events will then take place before March 2023. To send in their ideas, agents need to submit a video via the Club Royal website that details their creative business proposal and requested investment in under five minutes. At the live final events, the judges will then determine which shortlisted ideas win a share of the total prize. Royal Caribbean Int. UK
In anticipation of the ports in Australia and New Zealand fully welcoming cruise ships back to their shores, Holland America Line opened bookings for a season of new itineraries aboard Westerdam starting in fall 2022. The new voyages, offered from Sept. 25, 2022, through March 13, 2023, explore Australia's rich culture, the lush landscapes of New Zealand and the enchanting history and culture of Southeast Asia.
Two new cruises conclude the Alaska season and reposition the ship Down Under from North America. Itineraries in Australia and New Zealand sail roundtrip from Sydney, Australia, or between Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand, and include scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park. A special Holiday Cruise departing Dec. 20 celebrates the New Year exploring New Zealand.
Ranging from 24 to 51 days, Collectors' Voyages are perfect for avid explorers seeking a more extensive cruise experience. The voyages combine back-to-back, nonrepeating itineraries and represent the best per-day value for guests.
Book With Have It All Premium Cruise Package
Australia and New Zealand cruise pricing starts at a "Have it All" premium package rate of $1,848 per person, double occupancy for the 13-day sailing, which includes four high-value amenities: one shore excursion, a Signature Beverage Package, one night specialty dining and a Wi-Fi Surf Package to stay connected throughout the cruise. Cruise-only standard fares start at $1,329 per person, double. Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional. Holland America Line
Ultra-luxury, all-inclusive cruise line Scenic now spans the world, unveiling its 2023/24 sailing collection on board its expanded fleet of Discovery Yachts. With the introduction of Scenic Eclipse II, guests will be able to reach further than ever before as Scenic’s new season features more than 50 countries across all seven continents, marking Scenic’s largest-ever collection of ultra-luxury ocean voyages.
Scenic is currently offering savings of up to 20 per cent per person on 2023/24 voyages when booked and paid in full 12 months prior to departure. All Scenic Eclipse voyages are truly all-inclusive, including return flights, transfers, up to 10 fine dining experiences, premium branded beverages and once-in-a-lifetime immersive excursions. All new bookings are covered by Scenic’s Flexible Booking Policy, enabling guests to defer their cruise to another travel date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours