5 Bucket-List-Worthy, Last-Minute Cruise Deals You Can’t Miss

by  Lauren Dana Ellman | Jun 14, 2019
Celebrity Millennium in Alaska
Celebrity Millennium in Alaska / Photo courtesy of the cruise line

If you're craving an easy, last-minute summer getaway (sans the hassle of planning an entire itinerary on your own), consider one of these five value-packed and bucket-list-worthy cruise itineraries. Whether you want to spend your vacation lounging on the beach or exploring new cities, here are our favorite last-minute itineraries you can score on sale now — but act fast.

 1. 7-Night Alaska Northern Glacier Cruise on Celebrity Cruises

Why It's Great: This itinerary sails from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seward, Alaska, and makes stops in Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, and Skagway. Passengers will enjoy sweeping views of the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier as they cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium. The ship — which was renovated in January 2019 as part of the cruise line's $500 million Celebrity Revolution program — features redesigned staterooms, an array of dining options, and a spa, among other highlights that make for an amazing onboard experience. 

Price: Interior cabins from $672 per person, ocean-view from $732 per person, and balcony from $799 per person. Concierge class accommodations (from $899 per person) include personalized concierge service, a cashmere mattress, and priority check-in), while Aqua class accommodations (from $999 person) include access to speciality dining and a cashmere mattress. For the ultimate luxury experience, consider suite class accommodations (from $3,899 per person), which include a beverage package, 24-hour butler service, and access to The Retreat). 

Sail Date: July 5, 2019 

2. 8-Night Scandinavia and Russia Sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line

Why It's Great: If you love all things art, culture, and history, this itinerary is for you. Passengers will cruise on board the recently renovated Norwegian Getaway, which sails roundtrip from Copenhagen and calls on Berlin, Germany; Gdynia, Poland; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Stockholm, Sweden. When you're not too busy exploring these distinctive destinations, be sure to take advantage of all the onboard activities and amenities, including a rock 'n roll club, 800 pieces of artwork, and tons of live entertainment

Price: Interior cabins from $799 per person, ocean-view from $1,149 per person, balcony from $1,199 per person, and mini-suites from $1,599 per person. Spa class accommodations (from $2,149 per person) include spa access and use of thermal suites, while The Haven (from $3,299 per person) includes 24-hour butler service, access to a private sundeck, priority dining, and "ship within a ship" accommodations. Added bonus: NCL is currently running a "Free at Sea" promotion, which means guests can choose from a variety of free offers (depending on their stateroom category) like airfare, extra guests, wifi, specialty dining, and shore excursions. 

Sail Date: June 25, 2019

3. 4-Night Japan and South Korea Itinerary on Princess Cruises

Why It's Great: This cruise embarks in Kobe, Japan and stops in Busan, South Korea and Yokkaichi, Japan before it disembarks in Tokyo. You'll sail on board the recently refurbished Diamond Princess, which features a show-stopping atrium, a traditional Japanese bath, lots of family-friendly activities (think movie nights and live animal experiences), a variety of restaurants and bars, a serene adults-only retreat, and more. 

Price: Interior cabins from $549 per person, ocean-view from $749 per person, balcony from $899 per person, and mini-suites from $1,499 per person. Suite accommodations (from $2,449 per person) include priority embarkation and disembarkation, exclusive lounge areas, and priority dining, among other added perks. 

Sail Date: June 28, 2019

4. 11-Night British Isles Itinerary on Royal Caribbean 

Why It's Great: Explore the beauty of the British Isles on board Brilliance of the Seas, which sales roundtrip from Amsterdam and calls on Edinburgh, Scotland; Inverness, Scotland; Glasgow, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; Holyhead, Wales; St. Peter Port, Channel Islands; and Dover, England. On board, passengers can enjoy activities and amenities like rock climbing and mini golf; a spa; live musical performances; nine restaurants; eight bars and lounges; and an adults-only retreat complete with lagoons, swimming pools, and lounge areas.  

Price: Interior cabins from $1,361 per person; ocean-view from $1,661 per person.

Sail Date: July 18, 2019

5. 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Cruise Line

Why It's Great: Craving a tropical escape? Consider this 7-night Caribbean cruise on board Carnival Horizon (which launched in 2018). The ship sails roundtrip from Miami and stops in Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Curaçao, and Aruba. While you'll have plenty of time to soak up the sun and take a dip in the crystal-clear turquoise waters, you'll also want to take advantage of the onboard amenities, which include a water park, plenty of dining options, a serene spa, and even a SkyRide.

Price: Interior cabins from $1,119 per person and balcony from $1,759 per person. Havana staterooms feature speciality decor and furnishings, and also include access the Havana pool (from $,2,249 per person), but all guests must be 12 years or older. Spa suites (from $,2582 per person) include priority spa access and use of thermal suites. Suite accommodations (from $2,582 per person) includes priority disembarkation and a whirlpool tub. 

Sail Date: July 27, 2019

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