Looking for great cruise deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday? You’re in luck. It’s the biggest shopping period of the year and cruise lines are in on the action, helping you to score some nice offers.
There’s little doubt that 2021 should offer up some of the most intriguing cruise deals ever seen. Cruise lines have made a solid comeback, but they are not back to where they were before the pause.
Ships continue to return, but do so at limited capacity as they look to steadily ramp up the number of passengers aboard each ship. Meanwhile, new protocols put in place and issues surrounding the pandemic have pushed many bookings toward later sailings. Cruise lines report that 2022 bookings look comparable to 2019, but closer-in trips see softer demand than farther-out trips.
But as cruise lines ramp up their marketing efforts to get people back on ships and return to normal, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are a big part of the effort to get people back to sailing.
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One Note About Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals
Before we dive into this year’s deals, there is one thing to know. In our opinion, the Black Friday cruise deals can be hit or miss. Some cruise lines pull out all the stops and offer some incredible deals that go above and beyond. Others offer little discounts or sales that are similar to what’s regularly offered.
You won’t go wrong by booking one of the deals, but at the same time, don’t expect these to be once-in-a-lifetime offers. If now is not the best time for you to book, you can usually expect similar offers down the road.
Below, we’ve rounded up all the deals we could find for the major cruise lines. As more sales roll-out, we will continue to update this page, so check back often.
Norwegian Cruise Lines (Updated 2021 Offer)
Each year we think Norwegian offers one of the top Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals we’ve found. This year looks to be no different. In fact, the cruise line has dubbed the offer its “Greatest Deal Ever.”
First, the offer includes a discount of 70% off the second guests on cruises — which are currently available all the way out to 2024.
In addition, the cruise line is offering up its “Free at Sea” offer with seven freebies available for any cabin level (typically guests in lower-tier cabins like interior rooms only get 1-2 of the freebies to choose from). With this sale, you can have all of the following:
- Free Unlimited Open Bar
- Free Specialty Dining
- Free Shore Excursion Credit
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free Extra Guests
- Free Airfare for Second Guest
- Free $250 Credit for a Future Cruise
Now for the fine print. First, for the 70% off the second passenger, cruises must be more than three nights. As well, you will be responsible for gratuities on things like the drink package and specialty dining.
On that drink package you’ll still have to pay gratuity of 20% on the original value of the drink package, which comes out to $19.80 per person, per day (that’s still all-you-can-drink for about $20 per person each day). You’ll also have to pay 20% gratuity on the dining package.
As well, things like Wi-Fi are not unlimited (instead, it’s a number of minutes based on the length of cruise), and the shore excursion offer is limited to a $50 credit per excursion for the first guest.
Carnival Cruise Lines (Updated 2021 Offer)
It’s not clear if the current Carnival “Unwrap Fun” sale is its official Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal or not. The deal runs through November 28th, leaving the possibility it is the Black Friday sale and there will be a different Cyber Monday offer.
For now, the Unwrap Fun offer includes all the following:
- Up to 40% off cruises
- $50 reduced deposits per person
- Free room location upgrades
- Price price protection
Note: There is also a “Great Rates” sale that is similar, but doesn’t offer the reduced deposits.
There are a few things to note. First, $50 per-person deposits are available on most cruises, but not sailings for Europe or Alaska and not on sailings aboard Mardi Gras, Vista, Horizon, Panorama, or Celebration. For those trips, the deposit is $149 or $199 per person.
As well, the room location upgrade is for cabins in the same category, not an upgrade in cabin type (e.g. oceanview to balcony).
Royal Caribbean (Updated 2021 Offer)
Heading into the holiday, Royal Caribbean is offering a Thanksgiving Sale.
The sale offers up to $550 off the price of a cruise, as well as 30% off of all guests.
With that deal, you can find some pretty cheap fares. For instance, the absolute lowest fare we found was for a quick two-night cruise from Miami to CocoCay for just $99 per person (before taxes/fees). There is also a December trip for six nights from Miami aboard Jewel of the Seas for just $198.
One other thing to keep in mind is that with Royal Caribbean’s “Cruise With Confidence” offer, you can cancel any cruise booked before December 17, 2021 up to 48 before sailing, through April 30, 2022.
Note: We are also seeing large discounts for onboard and CocoCay items for those that have already booked their cruise. For instance, admission to the Coco Beach Club went from $179 to $99. Admission to Thrill Waterpark went from $98 to $54. Internet packages went from $18 to $11 per day.
MSC Cruises (Updated 2021 Offer)
MSC may not be as well-known as some of it’s larger rivals, but it is a growing presence in North America. And for good reason. The cruise line offers some amazingly priced cruises, even without deals.
This year’s Black Friday Sale, however, offers even more to like. It provides a balcony stateroom for the price of an oceanview room. As well, kids sail free.
The cruise line is offering Total CruiseFlex on bookings made before December 31, 2021 and departing through September 30, 2022. With this perk, you can change your cruise up to 48 hours before sailing to another date on any ship.
During our search we weren’t able to find all the terms and conditions of the sale, so details like end dates aren’t clear. No matter, MSC has a reputation of offering inexpensive fares — sale or no sale. You can find more details and book here.
Princess Cruises (Updated 2021 Offer)
Princess announced what it calls “The Cyber Event” for cruises that depart March 2022 and later. This sale offers two main features. First it provides reduced deposits. Second, it gives passengers onboard credit.
For the reduced deposits, Princess is cutting the deposit amount by 50% for cruises booked between November 17 and November 30.
As well, guests can get up to $200 in onboard credit. This credit is paid out as $50 per guest, for up to four people in a cabin. So a family of four would received $200 in onboard credit. A couple traveling would receive $100.
It should also be noted that Princess recently rolled out a pricing offer known as Princess Plus. Guests booking this offer get drinks, wi-fi, and gratuities included in their fare, instead of having to pay for them out of pocket.
Don’t want that deal (and the higher fare that accompanies it)? Then you can opt for the “No Frills” price. This it the standard fare that doesn’t include the perks.
Celebrity Cruises (Updated 2021 Offer)
First, the cruise line is offering its “Always Included” deal, that adds in drinks, Wi-Fi, and tips into your fare. This is a slightly higher cost than the “cruise-only” rate, but the price difference is much less than the value of the included items.
Beyond that, Celebrity is also offering 50% off the second guest’s fare, up to $300 per stateroom in onboard credit, and up to $700 off airfare when booking your flight with the cruise line.
The amount of onboard credit varies by the length of cruise. Trips five nights or fewer receive $100, 6-9 nights receive $200, and 10+ nights receive the full $300.
In addition, if you book a 2021 Caribbean cruise, then you can get up to another $200 in credit.
Seabourn (Updated 2021 Offer)
Luxury cruise ban Seabourn offers what it dubs its “Black Friday Sail.” This offer is extremely simple. The cruise line is offering up to $1,000 off its veranda and oceanview suites. In addition, it is offering up to $1,000 shipboard credit per suite through 2022.
Now, keep in mind that discounts and the amount of shipboard credit do vary depending on the ship. For instance, during our search we found an 11-day cruise in the Caribbean with $500 in shipboard credit for the cabin.
Holland America (Updated 2021 Offer)
Starting on November 23 and running through November 30, Holland America’s “Black Friday Sale” is highly attractive for those who like low deposits and don’t like being nickeled and dimed on their cruise.
The cruise line is offering $99 deposits on select 2021-2023 cruises. In addition, guests can receive the “Have it All” offer — which includes shore excursions, beverage package, specialty dining, and wi-fi. In addition, Princess will also take care of your gratuity charges. (Typically the gratuity isn’t included in the “Have it All” promotion)
The number of shore excursions and specialty dining meals will vary based on the length of your cruise. One other thing to note is that the price of the perks included will likely be higher than just the bare bones fare without them included. However, the rate should be considerably less than if you were to purchase the items separately.
Virgin Voyages (Updated 2021 Offer)
Virgin Voyages is the new kid on the block when it comes to cruise lines, but they have a good offer during the sale season. While they don’t call it a Black Friday offer, the current sale (dubbed “Fall into Sun-Soaked Days”) runs through November 29 — lining up perfectly with the days after Thanksgiving.
In this case, if you book a cruise from December 2021 through March 2022, then you’ll get 20% off the trip’s fare. In addition, if you opt for a $300 pre-paid bar tab, then Virgin will put another $100 on top of it — giving you plenty to enjoy during your cruise.
If you’ve been wanting to try the new cruise line, this may be your chance.