Princess Father's Day Sale

| Thursday, 14 Jun. 2012

In general, cruise lines do not pre-announce sales because that only serves to delay people from booking cruises before the sale begins. Therefore, although a few sample prices for the current "Father's Day Sale" were pre-announced by Princess two days ago, as of this morning there are new sales prices available on more than 80 different cruises to set sail between August and December of this year, 2012.

In addition to discounts on basic cruise fares, there are also shipboard credits on tap for every cruise taken. Passengers who put down deposits on interior or oceanview staterooms can receive an onboard credit of $25 for cruises up to 9 days, or a credit of $50 for cruises 10 days or longer. People who book cruises in balcony staterooms or above (mini-suites or suites) can get credits of $50 for cruises up to 9 days, or $100 for sailings 10 days or longer. All onboard credits are offered per stateroom.

Now, although we featured several Princess cruise prices in Europe last week, I have to admit I did not see the same bargains for Princess that I saw for Norwegian and even Holland America. I know now that was because these sale prices were not yet available. But now I see the kinds of prices I was expecting, especially in Europe.

Are you planning on taking advantage of these deals? Talk about it in the Princess forum.

Samples of the Princess Sale Prices

Here are some examples of the Fathers' Day Sale prices from Princess starting today and running through Monday (June 18). Keep in mind this is not all – there are 80 different cruises on sale. You must go to the web site to see them all. Other destinations not mentioned below include Australia and New Zealand.

European Cruise Samples

The 12-day Grand Mediterranean Cruise has discounts on the sail dates of August 10, August 22, September 3rd, 15 and 27th. The cruises now have balcony cabins for just $1299 per person – a tremendous savings. Just yesterday these cabins were priced at $2359, and last week they were $3200. This cruise starts in Barcelona and sails to Monte Carlo, Florence, Rome, Naples, Mykonos, Istanbul, Ephesus, Athens and Venice, Italy.

Similarly, the 12-day Greek Isles and Mediterranean cruise sailing August 16, Sept. 9 and October 3rd from Rome to Florence, Naples, Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, Katakolon, Corfu, Split (Croatia) and Venice also has balcony staterooms selling for $1299 per person (plus these are eligible for a $50 shipboard credit per stateroom). Interior cabins for this cruise are now just an incredible $799 per person.

Hawaii Cruise Discounts

You can take a 14-day cruise from the west coast (Los Angeles) to Hawaii and back, saving a ton of money on airfare, for just $1899 per person in a balcony stateroom and $1199 inside cabin. You have your choice of either Golden Princess or Sapphire Princess – recently renovated. This is a 14-day cruise for less than what you would pay to fly and stay less than a week in a hotel. The sail dates on Golden Princess are Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and 24, November 7, 21 and December 19. Sapphire Princess sails November 24, December 8 and December 29.

Caribbean Cruises

Seven-day Caribbean cruises are now priced at $799 for balcony staterooms reduced from $949, and $549 for interior cabins reduced from $599. Keep in mind there are dozens of Caribbean sailings available, you must go to the web site to see all of them.

Southeast Asia

The 16-day Southeast Asia cruise on Diamond Princess sailing October 9, 25th and November 10 is now just $2199 for a balcony stateroom (reduced from $3185) and a mere $1499 for an inside cabin, reduced from $1995. This cruise originates in Beijing and sails to South Korea, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam), Singapore and Bangkok.

Sale is On Now and Ends Monday

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Father's Day Sale begins at 12:01 a.m. PDT on June 14 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on June 18, 2012 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Reservations made during the sale require a non-refundable deposit. Some of the cruises sailing during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve may not have the same sale prices as other dates. Gov't fees and taxes are extra.

Additional cruise sale information is available at http://www.princess.com/sale.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at http://www.princess.com.

Are you planning on taking advantage of these deals? Talk about it in the Princess forum.

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