When purchasing a cruise vacation, getting a good deal is the top priority for a majority of travelers. And Black Friday can be a good time book a cruise — if you know what to watch out for.
A new survey from travel insurance marketplace InsureMyTrip found that 58% of travelers were most excited by scoring a deal when booking a cruise vacation. Discounts proved more popular than finding a cruise that spent more time at port than at sea (28%) and having updated WiFi technology on board (10%).
For these travelers, it may pay to book a cruise this weekend, especially if it will be a holiday gift for a loved one. “We are seeing some Black Friday rates around last-minute ranges — with some fares coming in at under $70 per night,” said Colleen McDaniel, Editor-in-Chief of travel website Cruise Critic.
Here are the best cruise deals available on Black Friday and Cyber Weekend
Princess Cruise Lines is running two different “Cyber Event” offers. The “Sail Soon” deal includes up to 40% off select cruise itineraries and free WiFi for all guests in the stateroom (limited to four devices per room.) The “Sail Later” offer, meanwhile, includes up to $800 in on-board spending money (depending on the size and location of the stateroom and number of guests traveling together), a free room-location upgrade, two bottles of wine at specialty dining locations and up to $200 off airfare to cruise launch locations. This second promotion also includes free WiFi for one guest, limited to four devices.
Norwegian Cruise Lines NCLH, -1.83% is running a deal for Black Friday only where travelers can get 30% off all cruises they purchase. Travel packages booked on Black Friday will include other free add-ons including free open bar and WiFi packages, free specialty dining and free shore exclusions. Kids can also travel free for families who book on Black Friday.
Carnival Cruises CCL, -0.31% is offering up to 30% off cruises through Dec. 1 for sailings beginning February 2020 and beyond. The deal also includes a two-for-one offer on deposits, up to $50 in credits for on-board purchases, discounts on room upgrades and free price protection.