The cruise lines have record inventory in Europe this summer. With air rates increasing due to the price of fuel, the cruise lines are challenged to fill all these additional cabins. The cruise lines do not want to reduce the price of the cruises too low because it devalues the product, plus they have lots of passengers already booked who they do not want to upset or have to lower their agreed upon rate.
The cruise lines have a few tactical solutions at their disposal to attempt to move these cabins. The solution many of the cruise lines are now implementing is offering reduced rates for passengers who book their Air and Cruise packaged together. For those of you who have not booked your 2011 Europe Cruise Vacation yet, getting your cruise and air in one place isn’t just more convenient but also more affordable. Below are some details on the different offers from each cruise line:
Holland America Air Deals
Holland America is offering reduced air-addons for passengers who book a balcony cabin or higher. At the same time, they also drastically reduced their cruise rates. On the 10-night Roman Empire Voyage departing Civitavecchia (Rome) on 6/10, 6/30 and 7/20, the Balcony Cabins are $1,499 per person with Air-addons starting at $999. $999 Air add on is for passengers flying out of BWI, EWR, JFK and PHL – for slightly more fly out of 20+ other US cities.
Holland America is offering the reduced rates and airfare on 6 different European itineraries on the Ms Noordam and brand new Ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Click here to view Holland America Europe Air Sale flyer
Royal Caribbean Air Deals
CruiseDeals.com is offering $150 off on Inside and Oceanview Cabins and $200 off Balcony and Suites on the already low priced 7-night Voyager of the Seas European Cruise departing in June, July, and August. The June 18th, Voyage of the Seas is selling for $599 which will be reduced to $449 by combining it with air.
Azamara Luxury Air Deals
Azamara Quest has two 10 night Exotic Europe voyages in May 2011 with overnight stays in Jerusalem and Rhodes, Greece. Book the Air and Cruise together and receive $1000 off per person on the cruise plus get $1000 to spend onboard the Azamara Quest. That is $3000 in savings!! Call 800.668.6414 or click here to check availability!
Norwegian Cruise Line Air Deals
The Norwegian Epic is all the buzz and over the summer it will be cruising Europe. NCL is offering reduced cruise and air packages for passengers flying out of JFK. The package rate for the Labor Day 7-night cruise is $1549 per person plus taxes. If you were booking this separately you would pay $799 for the cruise and over $1000 for the airfare. So by bundling, you will save $500 per cabin. The downside is that this is only available for those who are able to fly out of JFK. If that’s you, call 800-668-6414 for availability.
Celebrity Cruise Line Air Deals
CruiseDeals.com is offering $250 off per person on the brand new Celebrity Equinox Balcony Staterooms and Suites for packaging the cruise and air together on 10 and 11 night European voyages in September, October, and November. As CruiseDeals.com is able to get air for competitive rates this is a true $500 savings from 30+ US and Canadian gateways. The best deal is the November 19th, cruise 10-nights visiting Italy, Greece and Turkey in a private balcony cabin for $1399 plus airfare if packaged together. Call 800.668.6414 to get pricing for air from your city.
These rates will go up. The rates are certified accurate as of 11:00 AM ET on April 7th, 2011. Never miss out – Subscribe to CruiseSource to get these deal posts delivered directly to your email.