Black Friday and Cyber Monday are always two of the biggest shopping days of the year, when companies offer their top deals to draw in customers. Cruise lines are no different. Each year you’ll find the lines offering up some attractive sales as people look to get a jumpstart on booking their vacation.
This year, Norwegian Cruise Lines has announced one of the most compelling deals we’ve seen from the company.
Starting November 16, NCL is offering its “Greatest Deal Ever.” Building on the popularity of its “Free at Sea” offer, this sale takes things up another level. With the sale, the cruise line is offering 70% off a second guest and up to seven free offers.
Passengers booking the deal can get all the following included with their trip:
- Free open bar
- Free specialty dining
- Free shore excursions credits
- Free wi-fi
- Free extra guests
- Free roundtrip airfare for the second guest
- $250 CruiseFirst certificate to use towards a future cruise
To be sure, there is still plenty of fine print that you should know about. For instance, passengers who select the free drink package will still need to pay gratuity on the regular price of the package. The same goes for the free specialty dining offer.
As well, prices for the cabin may be higher when selecting this deal. With these sales there is typically a barebones “Sail Away” price that does not include any promotion that’s less expensive. While the price including the “freebies” is usually higher, it’s still less expensive than if you were to book the lower fare and then add on the included items separately.
So if you’re the sort of person who would take advantage of having wi-fi, open bar, and more, then this deal should get your attention.
But how does this compare to other sales from the cruise line? NCL’s “Greatest Sale Ever” is actually fairly similar, but it is slightly improved over past deals.
For instance, right now the cruise line is advertising 35% off all cruises and up to six free offers. The 35% off all cruises — which are typically booked at double occupancy — should mean the same fare as 70% off the second guest. And the six free offers are all included in “Greatest Sale Ever,” with the exception of the $250 certificate for a future cruise.
In other words, the real difference between the current sale is the sweetener of the extra $250 for use on a future cruise.
Additionally, for those who like to plan well ahead (or want to make up for lost time during the pause in cruising), the company is opening up sailings for booking through summer 2024 — more than two-and-a-half years from now.
Norwegian is also opening up new homeports, including Haifa, Israel and La Romana, Dominican Republic. And if you’re the sort of person that enjoys visiting ports, the cruise line is offering 7-day cruises from the Dominican Republic that will include a port of call every day of the trip with no sea days. (these sailings run January-April 2024).
For more details on the upcoming itineraries and the “Greatest Sale Ever” you can read more about the deal here. The offer begins November 16.