Cruise ships have been actively working with the CDC companies to ensure they are in strict compliance with government safety regulations once the No-Sail Order is lifted on July 24th.
All cruise ships have stepped up their cleaning and disinfecting before every voyage in accordance with company protocols developed in partnership with the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program. Many cruise ships are upgrading their air filters to HEPA medical-grade air filtration systems that eliminate 99.95 percent of airborne pathogens. Enhanced screening, temperature checks and on-board medical care will be required for every cruise ship moving forward. Service changes have also been made to ensure responsible social distancing including limiting capacity and staggered check-ins.
With all of these changes, cruise ships are desperate to get passengers back on board and are offering some unbelievable deals because of it.
We rounded up six of our favorite cruises offering such unheard of deals. These cruises consistently land on top of the U.S. News’ Best Cruises due to their health ratings, price class ratings and approval among experts and travelers. Get ready to start planning your next cruise adventure!
With its gourmet dining options, penthouse suites and engaging enrichment programs, Crystal tenders VIP experiences. Aboard Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, you can taste creative dishes crafted by celebrated chef Nobu Matsuhisa and count on first-rate customer service (the line maintains a nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio). Crystal also offers versatile experiences on shore, ranging from elephant rides in Bali to forest canopy ziplining in Hawaii.
Right now they are offering up to 80% off with their Simply the Best offer. What’s more, take a 14-night combination cruise and enjoy an added 10% savings on select voyages. “As You Wish” shipboard spending credits of $250 per stateroom or suite (based on double occupancy), reduced deposit of only $100 per guest, and Low Solo Fares from just 125% make this limited-time offer even more enticing.
Silversea Cruises specializes in exclusivity and personalization with all-suite accommodations, exotic itineraries and a variety of gourmet restaurants. While its ships are admittedly smaller than some other luxury competitors (carrying between 100 and 540 passengers), Silversea has continued to set the bar high for upscale cruising. While at sea, you can attend stimulating lecture series, indulge in meals at Le Champagne, a Relais & Châteaux-affiliated restaurant, or take advantage of onboard butler service while relaxing in your suite.
Silversea Cruises is offering a Double Bonus offer from now until August 31, 2020, take advantage of $1,000 reduced deposits per suite and receive $1,000 to spend onboard on virtually all Silversea cruises.
Travelers have access to a bevy of sophisticated restaurants and lounges, not to mention the decadent Canyon Ranch SpaClub, on each of Regent Seven Seas’ all-suite ships. To cater to those craving more stimulation at sea, Regent also offers enrichment programs that spotlight a variety of topics, including culinary and cultural histories of different regions. And while on land, you can take advantage of an array of compelling shore excursions, including hands-on cooking lessons in Valparaiso, Chile, and glass-blowing demonstrations in Antibes.
Right now, Regent is offering a Reduced 10% Deposit* and $1,000 Shipboard Credit plus and reservation reassurance for all 2020 reservations. Solo travelers can also take advantage of their new Single Supplement Special.
Azamara’s midsize ships are able to reach off-the-beaten path destinations, where passengers can participate in unique shore excursions, from food tastings to walking tours. And thanks to the line’s complimentary AzAmazing Evenings program, guests can immerse themselves in the local culture with evenings ashore spent enjoying a memorable meal on the rolling hills of Tuscany or a spectacular ballet performance in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition to diverse shore excursions, Azamara offers outstanding service, an intimate atmosphere and elegant suites appointed with floor-to-ceiling windows, along with other perks like complimentary seating at specialty restaurants.
Azamara ensures total confidence and flexibility when booking with a 100% credit change policy up to 48 hours in advance of the trip. For the month of July, the cruise company is also offering 50% off second guests and a $500 onboard credit.
Oceania’s eclectic gourmet dining options — including decadent entrees designed by celebrated chef Jacques Pépin — and hands-on cooking classes at the Bon Appétit Culinary Center cater to foodies who value exemplary culinary experiences. Also, select voyages offer shore excursions that provide a taste of local traditions and cultures through food and wine tours. Though Oceania’s midsize ships lack the same level of personalization as some of the top-tier luxury competitors on this list, they consistently wow passengers with their elegant settings and upscale accommodations.
Cruises are currently starting at an unprecedented $1,199 plus a free shore experience, free beverage package or free shipboard credit.
Cunard impresses passengers with its refined atmosphere and attentive customer service. On board, you can delight in pre-dinner canapés, enjoy a rejuvenating treatment at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub or find respite in the English-inspired Garden Lounge before dinner. On this line, keep in mind your cabin class dictates your dining options. If you’re seeking first-rate culinary experiences, spring for a Queens Grill suite, Princess Grill suite or Club Balcony stateroom, which grants access to exclusive seating areas in the Queens Grill, Princess Grill and Britannia Club restaurants, respectively.
Cunard’s Early Saver Program offers discounted prices on all future cruises when operations resume in November.