Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas
Alaska Cruise Bargains
I started another newsletter with "They were the best of times, they were the worst of times" to describe the current state of cruise pricing. In a value sense life couldn't be better, if you are one of those people who took all of their money out of the stock market in 2007. If you are don't tell anyone because you may come home to find your mattresses slashed open (from people looking for all that cash).
I was asked about cruise pricing a few days ago by USA Today's CruiseLog editor Gene Sloan. I was able to find a few examples where prices were higher than a few weeks ago. But cruise pricing is a lot like the stock market these days in sense that they can be up one day and down the next.
Like the stock market, overall the trend is lower, but lately we have seen up days where prices are going higher. The question is, buy now or later? Well, it is an old expression in the stock market - no one blows a whistle when prices hit the bottom. The best advice anyone can give you is to buy when you see a the best value.
And so, while some cruises are getting more expensive because they are in greater demand, other cruises are getting cheaper because of lower demand.
The cruise lines got a bit fooled this year in thinking the European cruise market would be slow, and so they moved many of their ships back home. But what they didn't count on was continued enthusiasm by the Europeans for cruising. Still, while many of the summer European cruises are starting to sell, we still have great cabin selection, low cruise fares, low airfare and a very strong dollar to make the Euro-cruise a great option for you this year.
But an even better option is the slowest market of all this year: Alaska! It is hard to say why, but Alaska is just not selling very well yet this year. Nothing has changed there, but we are seeing amazing Alaska bargains. let's take a look at some these:
We found these at CruisesOnly.com, but you can get similar prices from your cruise agent or the cruise line.
Great balcony prices can be had on the beautiful Serenade of the Seas from Royal Caribbean sailing May 16, 23 and 30: Just $999 pp for a balcony stateroom.
An 11-night cruise sailing from San Diego to Alaska and ending in Vancouver on Radiance of the Seas starts at just $759 pp and has balcony staterooms for just $1349 pp. This sails May 11.
And here is our favorite deal of all: a 14-night Ultimate Alaska Cruise on Serenade of the Seas sailing from San Francisco - cruising throughout Alaska and returning to Vancouver. It starts at just $849 pp with balcony cabins for just $1199! That's for a 14-night Alaska cruise! If I already didn't have a cruise scheduled then I would grab that one right now.
Here is a menu of Alaska bargains, mostly with May sailing dates, of Holland America, Princess and Carnival cruises each starting at $399 per person for a 7-night cruise. I suggest you grab these fast. We featured this page in our Tuesday newsletter and it seems to me (cursory glance) that while the inside cabins are still the same price, balcony cabins have already gone up about $200 per person.
There are still a few great bargains, however:
May 20 - the 7-Night Southbound sailing of Carnival Spirit from Whittier, AK, to Vancouver starts at $439 pp, but has balcony cabins available for $699 pp.
The same ship and itinerary sailing June 3 starts at $439, and has balcony cabins for $749 per person.
If you are looking for the lowest cruise prices possible in Alaska, the ships have inside cabins selling for just $399 per person, 7-night cruise:
Holland America Statendam - sailing May 17, balconies are sold out.
Coral Princess - sailing May 25 - Oceanview just $449 pp. Suites $1404 pp!
Diamond Princess - sailing May 23 - Oceanview just $449 pp. Suites $1249 pp!
Island Princess - sailing June 1 - oceanview $449 pp. Balcony $899!
Sapphire Princess - May 16 saildate balcony $799 pp!
Carnival Spirit June 3 - Inside is $449 but baclony cabins are just $749.
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