The biggest shopping days of the year are fast approaching, and cruise lines are getting in on the action with their annual Black Friday — and, in some cases, Cyber Monday booking promotions. These deals can provide substantial savings to cruisers, with discounted fares and a range of onboard perks.
In this article, Cruise Hive will keep you in the know about savings offered by significant lines such as Royal Caribbean, Virgin Voyages, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and others, all designed to make a vacation at sea irresistible. Before you make any bookings, please make sure you read through the terms and conditions of the cruise line.
Celebrity Cruises wants its guests to “Have It All” with huge savings that travelers can take advantage of between November 10 and December 5, 2023. Cruises can be booked with 75% off a second guest, along with up to $300 of onboard credit, that applies on sailings through April 30, 2026.
“‘Having it all’ when sailing with Celebrity Cruises means more experiences at sea and on land; more culinary and onboard experiences; and more vacation value that surpasses other vacation options. Our Black Friday deals are our gift to travelers, providing the opportunity to check off bucket list destinations and collect priceless vacation memories with family and friends,” said Laura Hodges Bethge, President of Celebrity Cruises.
The Celebrity Black Friday deals cover the entire fleet, including the line’s new Celebrity Ascent, which was recently delivered from the shipyard. Guests can book voyages across the Caribbean, Alaska, Asia, the Americas, the Pacific, and even new visits to Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas.
Costa Cruises announced its Black Friday deal on November 9, including rates starting as low as $399 per person and $200 of onboard credit. This applies to select voyages across the cruise line’s top 10 sailings in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and South America.
The promotion covers cruises across eight ships, including Costa Smeralda, Costa Toscana, Costa Diadema, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa, Costa Firenze, Costa Fortuna, and Costa Pacifica. Guest will have to book by December 4, 2023, to enjoy the deal.
“The holiday season is known for exceptional Black Friday deals, and now is time to take advantage of this offer and book one of Costa’s most popular cruises to the Mediterranean, northern Europe and South America,” said Ruben Perez, general manager for Costa Cruises North America. “With Costa’s Black Friday promotion, travelers can embark on a memorable vacation for a great value, all while enjoying our signature Italian style of cruising.”
Carnival’s UK brand, Cunard Line, is getting in on the biggest sale event of the year. For select itineraries departing between January 2024 and May 25, the cruise line is offering up to 40% off fares and onboard credit of up to $1,000 per stateroom. Cunard has sales for not just those in the UK but also US guests.
Guests can take advantage of Cunard’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions on new voyages that are booked from November 16 through December 4, 2023. This applies to all three ships, including Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, and the new ship that will join the fleet in 2024, Queen Anne.
Holland America Line
Holland America Line was among the first brands to unveil Black Friday deals this year, offering discounts and perks on more than 800 sailings between 2023 and 2025.
The line’s promotion begins with bookings on November 17, 2023 and runs through December 1, 2023, featuring up to 30% discounts on cruise-only fares to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Antarctica, and other global destinations.
In Alaska, the discount applies to the cruise portion of the line’s cruisetours, which add land options to Denali and Canada’s Yukon. Holland America unveiled its 2025 cruise tours to both destinations earlier this week.
The ultra-luxury cruise line that is part of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has launched its Black Friday Sale, which includes savings of up to $5,400 per stateroom on many voyages that depart in 2024. the offer is available between November 14 and December 5, 2023.
“This incredible offer is valid for just three weeks, making this the perfect time to plan your adventures for 2024. Our Best-Ever Black Friday Sale is brimming with exciting global voyages to choose from, whether you’re exploring somewhere completely new or revisiting well-loved favorites, your perfect vacation at sea awaits you,” stated Frank A. Del Rio, President of Oceania Cruises.
Oceania’s black Friday promotion does include its “Simply More” value promise, which means guests will experience a truly all-inclusive vacation, such as free roundtrip airfare, premium drinks, restaurants and even a shore excursion credit up to $1,600 per stateroom.
Margaritaville at Sea
The small cruise line that’s based out of West Palm Beach, Florida has launched its Black Friday sale. Guests can save up to 30% on a number of perks, including pre-booked beverage packages, specialty dining, shore tours, and more. A voyage for two can cost just $89 and guests have until November 26 to book.
There’s no way that the world’s fastest-growing cruise line is going to miss out on offering Black Friday cruise deals! MSC Cruises is offering up to $500 of onboard credit, Drinks and Wi-Fi included, and a Kids Sail Free promo. The onboard credit does depend on the length of the cruise and is based on per stateroom. The promo is running through November 24, 2023.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is running huge savings for guests, including 50% off all cruises plus free unlimited open bar, specialty dining, excursions, free airfare, free Wi-Fi, and more. NCl’s Black Friday deal is available for booking by November 26, 2023.
The British cruise line is offering savings for the British market, including savings of up to 20% on select itineraries. This is based on Early Saver bookings for inside cabins, departing between March 15, 2024, and November 30, 2024. Guests must book by November 27, 2023, to take advantage of the savings.
On November 17, 2023, the Carnival-owned cruise line announced its Black Friday and Cyber Monday cruise deals. The best promo of the year runs through Thursday, November 30, 2023, and includes savings and perks.
The cruise line is offering a 50% off sale, which can also be applied to the line’s inclusive packages, such as Princess Plus and Princess Premier. If guests book amenities separately, including Wi-Fi, drinks, desserts, fitness classes, and crew gratuities, the savings can be as high as 65%.
Guests can enjoy the promo on cruises around the globe, including the popular regions of the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Alaska, and the Pacific. The deal can be booked by those living in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bermuda, and the District of Columbia.
Seabourn, the luxe-brand that sails seven ships in all-suite accommodations, rolled out its promotion, The Black Friday Sail, offering several value-added perks on select 2024 voyages, including aboard its two expedition ships.
Available on cruises booked through November 27, 2023, the line announced shipboard credits up to $2,000 (US) per suite, and a two-category veranda suite upgrade. Also, Seabourn reduced deposit requirements by 50%.
Nearly 400 itineraries are included in the promotion, featuring destinations such as Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, Alaska, Australia, and the polar regions.
Royal Caribbean’s Black Friday promotions begin on November 9, 2023, and continues through November 24, 2023. Deals are valid on cruises with departure dates from November 13, 2023 to December 31, 2024, although the availability of some offers will vary by ship and itinerary.
Among the deals are 50% discounts on shore excursions, beverage packages, and some onboard activities; up to 55% off internet plans; up to 45% off dining packages; up to 40% off the line’s VIP Pass, and up to 30% off spa treatments.
Also, the line is cutting the price of photo packages by up to 65% and trimming gifts and gear by 45%.
Hurtigruten, the Norway-based expedition and adventure line, revealed its Black Friday sale begins on November 17, 2023 and continues to November 30, 2023 for bookings made on its website or by calling the cruise line direct, or through a travel advisor.
Offers include up to 50% off cruise fares on most sailings of the line’s Original Coastal Express and North Cape Express itineraries, on departures between January 1, 2024 and April 31, 2024. Guests who book cruises with departures from May 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025, will receive up to 35% off.
The Black Friday offer is valid on either the full 12-day sailing of Original Coastal Express or the 7-day Northbound and 6-day Southbound itineraries. Also, solo travelers will pay no single supplement on a range of cruises.
Virgin Voyages announced its Black Friday sale begins on November 16, 2023 and continues through the end of the month, offering a substantial 30% discount off cruise fares on all sailings with departures from November 16, 2023 through December 31, 2024.
The four-ship line also is offering onboard bar tab credits of up to $600 (US) on sailings of 7 nights or longer; $300 (US) on cruises of 4 to 6 nights; and $125 (US) on voyages of 3 or fewer nights. Virgin Voyages sails global itineraries and is an adults-only line; ages 18 and up only.
you might want to give a go to a cruise vacation with sails, as Windstar Cruises is offering a special Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion. The “Thankful for Travel” offer includes guests pick their own free perk, which could be one free hotel night or up to $1,000 of onboard credit, shore excursions, or even extra drinks.
“Family gatherings during the holidays are a perfect time to plan upcoming vacations,” says Windstar Cruises Chief Commercial Officer Janet Bava. “Whether you plan your own vacation or plan together to give the gift of travel to someone else, our holiday offers are a silver lining not to miss.”
There are even more perks for those booking premium suites, including an all-inclusive experience with free Wi-Fi, alcohol, and gratuities. All sailings will start at $1,399, and the promotion runs from November 21 to December 1, 2023.