'Tis the Season to book a family cruise as cruise lines offer special savings targeted to families.
Got a yearning to take off, feel the wind at your back, have some R 'n R time for yourself yet also have some quality time to enjoy your kids? Then a family cruise is calling you and the below family cruise discounts and incentives might just be the straw that breaks the camel's back and gets you to finally book that family cruise!
As in the past, Costa Cruises is offering kids sale free on its seven-night Caribbean sailings out of Ft. Lauderdale. This applies to all sailings aboard Costa Atlantica and Costa Fortuna except during the holidays, when kids pay $199. Children have to share a cabin with two full paying adults for the discounts and adult rates start at $499. Deposits have been reduced to $150 on all Caribbean sailings for a limited time too.
Crystal Family Memories rewards families that travel together. As the saying goes, The family that travels together, stays together. When six full-paying guests travel together (three staterooms) they receive: kids under 17 sail free in a third berth, pre-paid gratuities, $100 per person shipboard credit, a group family photo, and $500 towards a Crystal Private Adventure ashore.
For 10 full fare guests (five staterooms) traveling together, the group receives the above plus one free cruise berth, which equates to substantial savings.
Disney Cruise Line
On Disney Cruise Line's Bahamian cruises, kids age 17 and under sail free on most three- and four-night Bahamian cruises from January 7 to April 15, 2010. Children must travel with two full-fare guests. Be sure to indicate booking code KFO at the time of booking.
Similarly, on Mediterranean cruises from April 24 to May 26, 2010, kids ages 17 and under traveling with two full-fare adults in the same stateroom sail free. The booking code is also KFO.
Both of these apply to new bookings only; applicable to cabin categories 4 through 12 only.
Holland America Line
Make sure you inquire about possible discounted 3rd/4th berth rates on your next family cruise with Holland America Line. On select sailings during this holiday season in the Caribbean and Mexico, 3rd/4th rates range from $99 to $399 on various ships. Presidents' Day cruises to the Caribbean and South America in February have discounted 3rd/4th berth rates which range from $99 to $299. Lastly, during the month of May, all HAL ships in Alaska offer free 3rd/4th person rates.
MSC Cruises offers kids ages 17 and under to sail free on all itineraries when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare adults.
The line also offers a Teen's Card. This personalized card, which can be used like a credit/cruise card, allows tweens/teens (aged 12 to 17 years) to spend nominal amounts of pre-paid money on board. Each card comes with a bonus amount. In the Caribbean, a $30 card purchase comes with a $5 bonus for a total card value of $35. A $50 card purchase comes with a $10 bonus, for a total value of $60.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Suites are a popular option for families when sailing the high seas. Norwegian Cruise Line is offering incentives for those booking a suite now through February 28, 2010. This applies to the following suites across the fleet: Penthouse, Romance Suite, Owner's Suite, Deluxe Owner's Suite, Courtyard Villa and Garden Villa. In addition, the courtyard Penthouse and Spa Suite on Norwegian Epic are included too.
Passengers who book cruises -- up to four days in length -- in suites or villas receive $150 per stateroom spending credit, which can be used for anything from shore excursions to spa treatments. Those in these categories aboard sailings of five days or longer receive $300 per stateroom for onboard spending.
This summer, families can see more of Alaska with Princess' first new Alaska Cruise tour designed especially for families. The cruise tour (number: FUN) is offered at a 25% discount for all berths, so all members of the family are included in the pricing.
The Family Fun cruise tour includes: a seven-night Voyage of the Glaciers cruise plus a five-night land tour featuring one night at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, and two nights at Fairbanks princess Riverside Lodge. Some of the extras included in the tour are: daily breakfast; direct-to-the-wilderness rail service with lunch; musical comedy dinner theater; breakfast with a mountain climber; riverboat cruise; gold panning at the El Dorado Gold Mine; and Alaska Geographic hiking tour.