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7-nights from $349!
If you have never taken an Alaska cruise, ask yourself right now if this could be your year. And start by sniffing out the bargains in this newsletter.
We have 7-night Alaska cruises priced as low as $349, $355, $399, $449 per person - on many different ships with a wide variety of cabins. We told you two weeks ago that Alaska was on sale, but we didn't expect prices to drop even lower. We have never seen discounts like these, so we did a little investigating.
One of the things that confuses people about taking an Alaska cruise is that there are so many itineraries that go one-way, either northbound or southbound between Seattle or Vancouver and Seward or Skagway. They think about the flight from the U.S. to (or from) Alaska and get cold feet. Listen, the airfare is NOT expensive. Alaskans rely on airlines the way New Yorkers rely on their subway, it's a commute for them. So, bottom line, there are plenty of affordable flights available.
And many of these cruises are roundtrip from Seattle or Vancouver, anyway, even at these ridiculously low prices. This is too good to pass up in our opinion.
It's Summer Vacation Time!
If you don't have your vacation plans yet, we see many offers for discounts on third and fourth passengers in cabins. Often, your children can sail with you for less than half-price. Holland America has a special right now on 7-night cruises to Mexico where third and fourth passengers can sail for $199 apiece. It's a fantastic way to thrill your kids with a GREAT vacation for very little money. On a road trip, you could spend that much just to feed them!
More and more families have discovered cruising as a vacation option in the last five years, largely due to the introduction of Disney Cruise Lines and the mega-ships of Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess, which are all just chock-a-block full of onboard activities for the youngsters and everyone. The private islands in the Caribbean are a special treat for the kids, featuring all kinds of water-based activities. One of our favorites is Holland America's Half Moone Cay, which is also a regular stop for some Carnival ships. This island offers bicycling, swimming with the stingrays, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and even horseback riding where the horses swim in the ocean with you on their back. If you have never done this, believe me, it is an experience you will never forget.
Just remember to take the proper precautions when cruising with the kids. CruiseMates has more articles on family cruising than any other Web site. Here you can find out what ships offer day and nighttime activities, dining options, special menus, and even baby-sitting. Have a great summer vacation, cruisemates!
The Fall Catalogue is Here!
Yes, it sounds a little like "Vogue," but what has always been in vogue is booking your Fall Folliage cruises early to get the best deals. Last minute deals can be good, but they are also a psychological buzzword like "close-out." The truth is, for the best deals and the best cabin selection on the most popular ships you are still better off booking your cruise six months ahead of schedule instead of at the last minute.
Especially when it comes to limited run cruises like the ever popular Fall Foliage cruises along the St. Lawrence Seaway. These cruise general run from late September to early November - an eight-week season, and are almost always fully sold out well before the cruise date approaches. There won't be many "last-minute bargains" on these sailings, and if there are any, it will be for inside cabins when the whole point of a river-based cruise like this is to see the beautiful scenery on both sides of the ship as you sail. You'll want a balcony cabin, or an oceanview cabin at the very least.
These cruises are on sale now, as we see in this newsletter; a Holland America Veendam 12-night repositioning cruise all the way from Quebec to Tampa Florida. After Montreal and all the beautiful sights along the Seaway, there are plenty of U.S. ports on the way such as Bar Harbor Maine, Newport Rhode Island, home of the famous summer cottages of the 19th century money barons such as the Vanderbilt's, and Charleston, SC. If you are a West Coaster, like me, these cruises are a special treat with American heritage sites you never realized existed.