Virgin Voyages announced the launch of its new "Shipload of Love" commitment. This initiative is meant to pay tribute to those who have impacted our lives in a meaningful way.
No good deed is too small, and no individual is to be overlooked. Love and beauty exist in the eye of the beholder, including our unsung heroes, who have shown us that their embrace makes the world a better place. To honor the personal heroes that exist in our lives in a multitude of ways, Virgin Voyages is giving away a real Shipload of Love, starting with an open call to nominate a person who has inspired you, cared for you and helped you to navigate this past year for the vacation of a lifetime. In the spirit of love and kindness for all, "Shipload of Love" will formally launch on Valentine's Day, a day that not only celebrates love in all its forms, but also coincides with the one-year anniversary of the delivery of the brand's first ship, Scarlet Lady. As the first foray into a year-long, multilayered giveaway effort, Virgin Voyages will open up the first 1,000 nominations this Sunday, Feb. 14.
To enter in a chance to win the voyage of a lifetime, entrants will be asked to submit a short video, sharing their personal nomination, demonstrating why their nominee should sail on our Shipload of Love. Submissions will be accepted through March 16, 2021. In addition to submitting a video on the Virgin Voyages website, participants are also encouraged to share the love across their social channels, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for additional cabin giveaways over the next few weeks. Virgin Voyages
Swan Hellenic has announced it's new dedicated saving fares, celebrating the year that cultural expedition cruising returns to the world, crowned by the Antarctic Polar Eclipse maiden cruise of the first of its three 5-star ice class ships, Minerva, in November.
Anyone booking anywhere in the world between now and 31 March 2021, will be welcomed with a saving of 20% off their choice of 2021-2022 cruises, plus additional market-specific offers.
What's more, that's all without any compromise in the iconic company's industry-leading all-inclusive cruises, which even include each guest's pre-night hotel and transfers. Plus, guests can book with total confidence, knowing they'll always be protected by Swan Hellenic's no-quibble cancellation policy, which allows guests to cancel any cruise booked by 31 March 2021 up to 30 days prior to departure and receive a Future Cruise Credit valid for 2 years. Swan Hellenic Cruises
With demand for departures in 2022 increasing, Emerald Cruises has extended its Super Earlybird Offer for those looking to take advantage of generous forward-booking discounts and secure themselves a small ship experience to look forward to.
Along with the offers outlined below, river cruising guests will enjoy unlimited on board drinks thanks to Emerald Cruises free **Premium Drinks Package when booking before 31 March 2021. Additionally, save an extra 10 per cent on selected cabins with the limited-time Super Earlybird Offer when you choose to pay the holiday balance in full 12 months before departure. For peace of mind, Emerald Cruises provides a Complimentary Deposit Protection Plan for all new bookings, as well as the reassurance of a Flexible Booking Policy.
*Terms and conditions apply to the offer.Offers valid for new bookings made between 01 March and 31 March 2021.
**Exclusions apply to the Premium Drinks Package.
^Emerald Cruises' DiscoverMORE excursions at an additional cost Emerald Yacht Cruises (UK)
In tandem with the recently released HBO Max film, "Let Them All Talk," primarily set on Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2, Cunard has kicked off a sweepstakes offering a winner and their guest a chance to sail on a Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing from New York to Southampton.
Mirroring the film, the lucky recipients will have the chance to enjoy the same sumptuous Queens Grill suite that was featured in the film.
Directed by the award-winning Steven Soderbergh, and starring Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep Academy Award® winner Dianne Wiest , and Emmy® winner Candice Bergen, the story unfolds as Streep's character sails to the UK in the ship's luxurious Queens Grill accommodation, frequently featured in the movie.
To enter the Queen Mary 2-"Let Them All Talk" sweepstakes visit www.cunardmoviesweeps.com. The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S./ D.C., from Monday, February 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021*. To view the complete sweepstakes rules, visit: www.cunardmoviesweeps.com/rules.
(*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING) Cunard Line
To continue its current wave of bookings, Windstar Cruises announced it will extend its wave season offer through March 31, 2021. Originally scheduled to run January 5 – February 28, 2021, the offer encourages prospective cruisers to book early so as not to miss out amid the coming rush of travel planning. The Sail Small, Live Large with Big Perks offer lets travelers choose from a set of complimentary perks plus a reduced deposit of 5%.
Now extended through March 31, 2021, "Pick Your Perk" savings options include:
Up to $1,000 shipboard credit per stateroom or
One night hotel pre- or post-cruise on Europe voyages or
Premium beverage package (wine, beer, spirits, soda) or
Guests may pick one complimentary perk which vary depending on the length of their cruise and room category. Along with this offer, deposits have been reduced from 15% of cruise fare to 5%. Windstar's updated Travel Assurance Booking Policy allows cancellation up to 48 hours prior to departure on 2021 cruises. Windstar Cruises
Silversea, the leading ultra-luxury cruise line, today announced a new 'Sail With Us' referral promotion to reward guest loyalty. For a limited time, Venetian Society members will enjoy USD 500 savings per suite when referring a new-to-Silversea guest who books a new voyage.
Plus, their referred friend or family member also enjoys USD 500 savings per suite for their booking. Greater savings of USD 1,500 and USD 1,000 per suite can also be enjoyed by both parties when referring guests for full World Cruises or Grand Voyages, respectively. The exclusive offer is valid from February 1, 2021, until March 31, 2021.
Providing even greater value on one of the most all-inclusive offerings at sea, the 'Sail With Us' referral bonus may be combined with other Silversea offers, including the Early Booking Bonus, which for a limited time is featuring savings of up to 20%, and special single fares for solo travelers. Additionally, Venetian Society members enjoy 5% savings on select voyages. Silversea Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises® is offering guests the chance to enhance and extend their luxury vacation, by up to 6 nights, in a range of exotic destinations across Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand and South America, with FREE Extended Explorations. In total, there are 13 complimentary pre- and post-cruise land programs that can bookend 22 voyages sailing between October 2021 and March 2022 on board Seven Seas Explorer® and Seven Seas Voyager®.
FREE Extended Explorations also offers Reduced Deposits and is applicable to bookings made between March 1 and 31, 2021. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
MSC Cruises USA is ringing in the new year with several major trade program enhancements for travel advisors—including protected commission levels, new "Get On Board" perks and an enhanced group program—as well as a new Wave Season promotion for consumers. MSC Cruises (Travel Agent Central)
Norwegian Cruise Line launched CruiseFirst, a value-add program offering guests both increased flexibility and additional savings when booking their dream cruise vacation in 2021 and beyond.
CruiseFirst certificates will allow guests to receive a $300 value coupon for the cost of $150, where they have three years from purchase date to apply their certificate to any new reservation across NCL's award-winning 17-ship fleet, visiting more than 300 destinations worldwide. CruiseFirst certificates are combinable with nearly all public promotions including our currently running bestselling deal of the year: 30% off a voyage on any ship plus all five Free at Sea offers including free open bar, free specialty dining, free shore excursions credits, free WiFi and discounted rates for friends and family-- a value of more than $2,900.
From Jan. 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021, to provide additional support to travel partners, advisors will receive a Wave season $50 gift card bonus on the purchase of each CruiseFirst certificate. Advisors will also receive full commission on the reservation of the new booking made using the CruiseFirst certificate. Commissions will be paid based on NCL's standard commission policy. Norwegian Cruise Line's "Week of You" taking place Dec. 7 to 11, 2020, will feature a complimentary five-day series of curated virtual events designed to inspire and support travel advisors. To register and learn more about Norwegian Cruise Line's "Week of You" and its full schedule of events and guest speakers, visit www.ncl.com/weekofyou. Guests and travel partners can purchase CruiseFirst certificates by calling 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784). A maximum of ten coupons may be purchased per person with one coupon valid per booking reservation made. Voyage date must be more than 120 days from original purchase date. NCL - Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line has launched a sale to mark President's Day, including 30 percent off all voyages worldwide, and other special offers.
The specials start with 30 percent off any sailing on any ship, plus all five Free-at-Sea offers including free open bar, free specialty dining, free shore excursions credits, free WiFi and discounted rates for friends and family - a value of more than $2,900.
Among the offers, Norwegian is offering free air for the second guest when the first guest purchases a full promotional airfare on the same reservation. Offer valid on 4+ night or longer voyages beginning May 1, 2021 and beyond. From Feb. 10-19, 2021, the company's CruiseFirst certificates will now offer guests even more flexibility and value where they can receive a $500 value certificate for the cost of $250, which also allows them three years from purchase date to apply their certificate to any new reservation across the company's17-ship fleet. CruiseFirst certificates are combinable with nearly all public promotions.
From Jan. 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021, to provide additional support to travel partners, advisors can receive a Wave season $50 gift card bonus on the purchase of each CruiseFirst certificate. Advisors will also receive full commission on the reservation of the new booking made using the CruiseFirst certificate. Commissions will be paid based on NCL's standard commission policy. Norwegian Cruise Line - NCL
Costa Crociere announced the cancellation of the arrival of its ships for the 2020-2021 season in South America. All cruises aboard the Costa Fascinosa, Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica ships in South America, with embarkations scheduled for the period from November 2020 to April 2021, are canceled.
The cruise company is in contact with the travel agencies and the guests who purchased the impacted cruises, to inform their decision and communicate about the conversion of the amount paid for the canceled cruise, minus the travel agent commission, in credit to be used as payment (or part of payment), for reservations made up to December 31, 2021, of any other cruise departing until June 30, 2022, under the terms of Law No. 14,046 of August 24, 2020.
When booking a new cruise by March 31, 2021, guests will also receive from Costa a bonus in the form of credit, to use it on their next trip exclusively to pay their expenses on board. The amount of the credit on board will be R $400.00 per cabin for canceled cruises of 1 to 5 nights, or R $800.00 per cabin for canceled cruises of 6 to 9 nights, or R $1,200.00 per cabin for canceled cruises of over 10 nights. This additional credit will not be combined with a similar bonus that has already been granted due to any previous cancellation. Costa Cruises
Seabourn, the ultra-luxury ocean travel line, is looking forward to 2022 by opening a number of summer and fall voyages for sale on Friday, February 5, including Europe, Alaska and British Columbia, and Canada and New England. These voyages will provide travelers with the opportunity to rediscover the world while sailing on the line's award-winning, ultra-luxury intimate ships. A wide range of itineraries are being offered in each region, including 68 sailings in Europe in summer 2022, with voyages of seven to 14 days, and options to combine voyages to up to 38 days.
Travelers interested in booking a 2022 Seabourn voyage may take advantage of several promotions to receive additional savings, including the line's "Early Bonus Savings" promotion. Guests who book select 2022 sailings and pay their booking in full by March 31, 2021, will receive an additional 10 percent savings off the base cruise fare. In addition, the Early Bonus Savings can be combined with other promotions, including the line's Seabourn Club Savings, which provides an extra five percent savings to Seabourn Club Members on select sailings. Seabourn Cruises
This wave season, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is preparing for the return of travel with their new Cruise Back Into Travel offer where travelers can save up to 30% on select dates and itineraries now through March 31. Plus, those who purchase flights through Uniworld will receive an additional $500 per person in savings and a private car transfer from the airport to the ship. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
To provide travellers with the ultimate all-inclusive luxury travel experience, Scenic is offering a complimentary one-way Business Class flight upgrade on selected 2022 Antarctica itineraries available on new bookings made between 24 February and 31 March 2021. Those seeking a luxury small ship escape to look forward to will also enjoy savings of up to 20 per cent on selected Scenic Eclipse truly all-inclusive voyages. All 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*, and come with Scenic's Deposit Protection Plan included.
* Third-party fees may apply
^ Submarine, helicopter and helicopter experiences at additional cost, subject to regulatory approval, availability, weight restrictions, medical approval and weather and ice conditions. Helicopters are unable to operate in South Georgia. Scenic - Luxury Cruises & Tours UK
Book before March 31, 2021 and save 20% on 2022 Antarctica expeditions.
This promotion is combinable with our Free Single Supplement on select cabin categories. Limited spots are available on these itineraries. Book early to avoid disappointment! Please note: If you are a member of Adventure Canada's League of Adventurers, your loyalty promotion does not apply to these Antarctica expeditions. Adventure Canada
Wave season -- that period when cruise lines offer some of their best deals of the year -- is upon us. Usually running from January through March, wave season often brings with it sizeable cruise discounts and perks. We're keeping an eye out for the news around wave season, and we already see cruise lines are offering up some exciting deals, incentives and promotions to entice cruisers to book voyages for 2021 -- and beyond.
Here is our roundup of deals for the 2021 wave season. These will be updated as more deals come through, so check back frequently! Wave Season Cruise Deals 2021 (Cruise Critic)
Scenic is excited to announce it is partnering with acclaimed Canadian musician, actor and author, Jann Arden, for an unforgettable sailing on the Rhine River. The eight-day Rhine Highlights itinerary is Ms. Arden's first ever river cruise.
The truly all-inclusive 163-passenger Scenic Jasper departs Basel on April 25, 2022 and sails along the most scenic stretches of the Rhine, punctuated by timeless towns and historic castles - all with Ms. Arden as special guest host.
Amsterdam is the final port on May 2. Pricing for the sailing starts at $5,595CAD per person, double occupancy. Guests who book by March 31, 2021 can fly for $495CAD per person and if paying in full 12 months prior to the cruise, guests can also take advantage of special Super Early Bird savings of an additional 10% off published fares. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Travelers who make a new booking between now and Mar. 31, 2021, will enjoy 50 percent-reduced deposits and receive a complimentary one stateroom-category upgrade and an additional $600 per stateroom, based on double-occupancy, to apply toward pre-cruise purchases of additional shore excursions. Atlas Ocean Voyages
Riviera River Cruises has extended its flexible customer care policies and its onboard credit promotion through March 31, 2021, to help travel advisors secure additional new bookings for 2021 and 2022 European river cruises. Flexible customer care policies include free changes to new bookings, COVID-19 Cancellation Protection and a happiness guarantee.
The onboard credit promotion provides travelers up to Ř400 in credit per cabin for use on drinks in the lounge and restaurants, spa or salon treatments, souvenirs from the boutique or even gratuities.
Riviera's flexible customer care policies include:
New bookings may be changed once up to 45 days before 2021 departures, with no fees and no questions asked. Departures in 2022 may be changed with no fees up to June 30, 2021.
COVID-19 Cancellation Protection is included. If a client isn't able to travel specifically due to COVID-19, the booking can be changed for free with as little as 24 hours' notice.
Client will be happy by the second day or will be brought home with a refund for their cruise and any change fees or fare increases from their original airline ticket paid by Riviera.
Details of the onboard credit promotion:
Onboard credit of up to Ř400 per cabin (Ř200 per person based on double occupancy) is available on select 15-day river cruises.
Credit of up to Ř200 (Ř100 per person based on double occupancy) is available on select eight-day cruises.
Credit may be redeemed only for onboard purchases, including gratuities with the exception of gratuities on Douro River cruises.
Credit can't be redeemed for cash and any amount left unspent at the end of the cruise will be forfeited.
This promotion can be combined with other discounts.
Both are available with new bookings made and deposited through March 31, 2021. Riviera Travel - River Cruises
Acclaimed Canadian musician, actor and author, Jann Arden, has agreed to host a second sailing with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, after the initial offering sold out nearly immediately. Ms. Arden will join the eight-day Gems of the Danube, sailing from Nuremberg to Budapest on May 2, 2022.
Pricing for the sailing starts at CAD $5,895 per person, double occupancy. Guests who book by March 31, 2021 can fly for CAD $495 per person and if paying in full 12 months prior to the cruise, guests can also take advantage of special Super Early Bird savings of an additional 10% off published fares. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Holland America Line's exotic itineraries explore far-flung destinations coveted by globe-trotters, and cruises in 2022 and 2023 are now open for booking. From Asia, Australia and New Zealand to South America, Antarctica, Hawaii and Tahiti, travelers looking for an out-of-the-ordinary adventure can choose cruises ranging from 14 to 50 days on four Holland America Line ships.
From September 2022 through April 2023, Noordam, Oosterdam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam sail throughout the southern and northern hemispheres, offering guests carefully crafted itineraries that deeply explore ancient traditions, natural wonders, intriguing cultures and the aloha lifestyle.
Save Now, Cruise Later: Have it All Sale
For a limited time, guests who book 2022 Europe cruises by April 5, 2021, can receive up to $2,300 in amenities, including a free Signature Beverage Package, pre-paid gratuities, free Signature Dining Package and 50% reduced deposits, plus free WiFi for suites. Exotic voyages pricing starts at $1,949 per person, double occupancy, for a 12-day New Zealand Discovery sailing. Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional. Holland America Line
For the ultimate bucket-list destination seekers, Princess Cruises announced its 15th annual Australia-based World Cruise, sailing roundtrip from three homeports – Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. This curated, 107-day circumnavigation of the globe features 43 top-rated destinations in 27 countries on six continents. Coral Princess sets sail, with 2000 guests, on her first World Cruise from Sydney on May 18, 2022, and goes on sale September 15, 2020.
World Cruise Early Booking Benefit and Captain's Circle Savings
Princess Cruises past guests are eligible for onboard credit and discount off launch fares when they book by April 30, 2021. This discount can be combined with launch and group promotions. These discounts do not apply to third or fourth berth guests. Princess Cruises
American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and Victory Cruise Lines (VCL), recently announced their itineraries for the 2022 season featuring new routes and uniquely themed cruises, in addition to their beloved classic journeys.
To celebrate, AQSC and VCL are offering an early booking discount where guests can take advantage of up to $1,200 in savings on 2022 itineraries when they book by April 30, 2021. American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC)