Cruising for savings: It’s time for a week-long trip

Photo courtesy of Travelzoo’s senior editor Gabe Saglie.

It is National Cruise Week, so now is the time to snag a great deal for a week-long getaway.

Senior Editor of Travelzoo Gabe Saglie joined the Rhode Show Thursday to share some of the best deals.

Cruising for Savings: Weeklong Promo Means Major Incentives

  • Some of the biggest incentives of the year: slashed rates, upgrades, drinks passages, waived tips
  • Longer lead times generate best savings
  • Remember the basics: plan flights and hotel stays early

Spotlight: Europe
Cruising Down the River, Europe

  • 7-night luxury river cruise r/t from Amsterdam
  • The newest cruise line to navigate Europe’s rivers – Emerald Waterways – features 2 ships, the Emerald Star and Emerald Sky, which feature sleek, modern decor, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-foot-high atrium and an indoor, heated pool with retractable roof that changes to a cinema at night
  • Every cabin boasts river views, and all meals, drinks with lunch and dinner, gratuities, port charges and taxes, airport transfers and seven shore excursions are included
  • Possible ports of call: Amsterdam; Antwerp or Bruges, Belgium; Cologne, Germany; and Basel, Switzerland
  • $1995/pp ($600 off)
  • Travel in April; May options slightly more

Greek Isles Cruise, r/t Athens

  • 14 nights aboard the Celebrity Equinox — named one of the top large ships in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler in 2014
  • Ship features 10 dining options, a half-acre of real grass where cruisers can kick back in a hammock or take painting classes, a multimillion-dollar art collection and separate pool areas for play and relaxation
  • Depart from Athens with stops in Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, Ephesus, Istanbul, Mykonos, Malta, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast before ending in Rome
  • $2499/pp ($1000 off) w/Ocean View Cabin, unlimited drinks and pre-paid gratuities
  • Travel June and July 2015

Spotlight: Caribbean
Tropical Cruising, r/t Ft. Lauderdale

  • 7 nights aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, one of the largest cruise ships in the world, w/a zip-line, casino, miniature golf course, 5 pools, a comedy club and theme parks for kids
  • r/t from Ft. Lauderdale, w/stops in Jamaica, the Bahamas and US Virgin Islands
  • $799/pp ($550 off) w/prepaid gratuities and a specialty dinner for 2
  • Travel select dates in throughout 2015

Spotlight: Alaska
Glacier Cruise, r/t Seattle

  • 7 nights aboard Holland America’s Amsterdam, popular for its cozy mid-size feel and artsy touches
  • Sail r/t from Seattle and visit famous spots like Tracy Arm, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria
  • $849/pp w/$2000 in extras, inc. Ocean View cabin, unlimited drinks package, one specialty dinner for 2 and 3rd4th passengers FREE when sharing same cabin
  • Travel select dates in May and June 2015

 

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