Family Cruise Discounts

March 30, 2009

Book now and save on Spring and Summer sailings.

No more sitting on the fence! With summer just a short time away, now is the time to book a family cruise for your summer vacation. While there are many deals available on most cruises this year due to the economic climate, the following focuses on those offers especially for families. From "Kids Sail Free" to half price offers, you can't go wrong on these deals that are effective for spring and summer sailings.

Costa Cruises Costa Cruises is offering its "Kids Sail Free" (usually offered on its winter Caribbean cruises) promotion for select Mediterranean departures this summer. The sailings that still offer "Kids Sail Free" include: Costa Romantica: June 22, 29; August 3, 17, 31; Sept. 7; Costa Pacifica: July 26; August 2; Costa Concordia: July 10, 17, 24, 31.

Families can couple this with various other offers to make a very affordable European cruise. These other deals include: fares reduced by up to 60% on various summer Med routes; free upgrades on select Northern Europe and Med itineraries; and on board credits of $200 per cabin on specific Med sailings.

Crystal Cruises All Crystal Cruises' departures offer 50 percent off the minimum fare for children age 11 and younger traveling in a third berth. Children age 12 years and older traveling in a third berth pay the minimum fare for that cruise regardless of stateroom category.

In addition, this summer Crystal Cruises is offering savings up to $1,500 per person on most 2009 European sailings. Depending on the accommodations, passengers can receive $1,500, $1,000 or $750 per person off nearly all 11-day Baltic and 12-day Mediterranean cruises, and half that off most seven-day European sailings. The savings apply to penthouse, verandah and deluxe staterooms, respectively.

In addition, Crystal Memories plan is available on most sailings and is applicable to groups of family and friends. For every 10 full fare guests, the group receives: one free sailing; prepaid gratuities; $100 per person onboard credit for a maximum of two guests per stateroom; third berth guests 17 years and under sail free; one 8X10 group/family photo; and one photo of guests' choice per stateroom.

Disney Cruise Line Spring has sprung and therefore DCL discount sailings have just begun! All departures between now and May 14 offer half price rates as quoted on www.disneycruise.com for children 12 and under sailing with two full fare-paying guests in the same stateroom. This offer includes all three-, four-, and seven-day departures and all stateroom categories. While the cruise fare for this offer is half off for those under 12 years old, they are still responsible for government taxes and fees.

Holland America Line Holland America Line's Vacation Stimulus Plan offers significant reductions in fares; deposits reduced by 50 percent; and a 25 percent savings on its standard Cancellation Protection Plan. All these incentives are available on sailings departing after May 1 and throughout 2010.

The line just added a special incentive especially attractive to families: free or reduced fares for a third or fourth person, often as low as $99 per person, on select sailings. In addition, no deposits are required for any third or fourth person booking. However, guests receiving free third or fourth cruise rates must still pay applicable government taxes.

MSC Cruises MSC Cruises has doubly sweetened the pot by offering two great incentives. As in the past, youths under 17 years old can sail free on all MSC Cruises departures when sharing a stateroom with two full paying adults. In addition, for a limited time, MSC Cruises is also offering free roundtrip airfare from select gateways in conjunction with its seven-night European cruises this summer. The 2009 Free Europe Air promotion is available on flights from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago O'Hare, Miami, JFK, Newark, Tampa and Orlando for most seven-day cruises departing from Venice, Copenhagen and Barcelona. Bookings must be made by April 30.

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