If you’ve been thinking about taking a cruise for your next vacation, there’s no better time to pick one out than now. October 20-27 is National Cruise Vacation Week. If you’d like to know what that means for you, keep reading.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) holds National Cruise Vacation Week. National Cruise Vacation Week also includes the “World’s Largest Cruise Sale“, a time when many participating member organizations of CLIA have special sales, discounts, and package offerings for cruise vacations. It’s the best time of the year to buy a cruise package at a discount.
Last year, nearly 7,000 travel agents and agencies registered for National Cruise Vacation Week, and those numbers are expected to be even higher this year. Beyond holding sales, many of the agencies held both online promotions and live, in-person events with travel agents, as a way for potentially interested vacationers to learn more about their cruise offerings and sales, and for them to consider buying a cruise package at a good price.
You can find cruise discounts and packages for any kind of vacation you want to take to just about anywhere in the world. During the “World’s Largest Cruise Sale,” many travel agencies offer a variety of special discounts on cruises. These bargains include two-for-one fares, upgrades to a room with a balcony, credits for shipboard spending, and complimentary tours and free hotel nights in port cities. The best part is that the sales aren’t limited to cheap, unwanted tours: the variety of destinations and locales is diverse and varied. The CLIA and its members believe in the value of their cruises and want their vacationers to have a good experience and come back to them for their next vacation.
- In North America alone, you have cruise options through Alaska, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal.
- You could drop down to South America for a cruise.
- Australia and the South Pacific might be more to your liking.
- Europe is well-covered, with cruises that can take you anywhere from the British Isles to Scandinavia to the Mediterranean Sea, and everywhere in between.
- If Asia is more to your liking, many agencies offer specials through all parts of the continent.
- The Middle East even has some options for cruise specials during this week.
Beyond the wide range of options for destinations, a vacationer will have lots of choices among their cruise providers, as well. At least twenty-five cruise lines will be participating in National Cruise Vacation Week. If you are someone who likes cruises and has experience taking cruises, you can very likely get a vacation through your favorite cruise line, with discounts and perks that would not normally be available.
According to statistics from the Cruise Lines International Association, only about 20 percent of North Americans have ever taken a cruise. Based on that number, if you’re reading this, you likely have never been on a cruise, either. If that’s true, then there’s no better time to book one than National Cruise Vacation Week, as the “World’s Largest Cruise Sale” is the best time to get an affordable deal on a cruise. You can try something new for next year’s vacation at a reasonable price.
In particular, there’s no better time to try out a luxury cruise than now. While many vacationers are put off from luxury cruises due to their cost, the deals offered during National Cruise Vacation Week put a luxury cruise within the reach of everyday people. If you’ve wanted to treat yourself to a luxury cruise, now is the perfect time. If you’ve read our earlier entry on luxury cruises, you’ll know that the benefits of a luxury cruise often make up for the differences in cost and allow you to have more peace of mind on your vacation. The savings on a luxury cruise bought during National Cruise Vacation Week could be into the thousands, and when you consider all the extra expenses you might incur while on a standard cruise, an all-inclusive luxury cruise might actually be cheaper than a similar, standard cruise.
A cruise is a great way to take a unique vacation and see a part or parts of the world you may never have been able to otherwise. The amenities of a luxury cruise make it an even better, more relaxing option, and with the sales that take place during National Cruise Vacation Week, there’s no better time to book one.
Take a look through AffordableTours.com’s cruise offerings. Read about our partners and the cruises they offer. Pick a cruise type or destination you might like, then look at the National Cruise Vacation week sales and specials. And you can always contact us to get help and information in making your decision. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.