9 Deals to Book During 'Plan a Cruise Month'

by  Kayla Becker | Oct 6, 2017
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Now may be the very best time to book a cruise. October is "Plan a Cruise Month" — and along with it come some great deals and added perks. Here are the nine best deals offered by cruise lines this month:

Norwegian Cruise Line

The discount: The line's signature Free at Sea promotion is back, giving passengers in ocean view, balcony, or mini suite cabins the choice of two free add-ons: unlimited open bar, specialty dining, $50 toward shore excursions in each port, 250 minutes of WiFi, or a third and fourth passenger free.
The itinerary: Choose from destinations around the world, including Hawaii, Alaska, The Caribbean, and Europe, provided it's at least a three-night sailing.
Book by date: Oct. 31

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Carnival Cruise Line

The discount: Score free upgrades, plus a $50 onboard credit for select sailings through Dec. 2018.
The itinerary: The offer applies to most destinations, excluding Australia. 
Book by date: Oct. 31

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Royal Caribbean

The discount: Save 50 percent on the second guest in your stateroom, and the third and fourth guests' cruise free provided they're kids aged 12 and under, staying in the same stateroom. And if you're booking at least six months in advance, you'll receive up to $1,000 in onboard credit. Just note that's for a top level suite — most lower categories receive less. An ocean view receives up to $50 onboard credit, for example.
The itinerary: The deal applies to Europe, Bahamas, Bermuda, Hawaii, Coastal and Caribbean sailings departing Nov. 1, 2017- Dec. 31, 2018.
Book by date: Oct. 31

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Celebrity Cruises

The discount: This month Celebrity is offering the first two guests in each stateroom two free perks (choose from drink packages, prepaid tips, Wi-Fi, or $150 onboard credit) for ocean view, veranda, AquaClass and Concierge Class, or get all four if you book a suite. Additionally, you'll get 50 percent reduced cruise fare for additional guests (3rd/4th/5th) in triple, quad, family staterooms, (ocean view or higher).
The itinerary: Sailings span the globe, but exclude the Galapagos. They must be 4 night and longer cruises departing Nov. 3, 2017 to April 30, 2019.
Book by date: Nov. 1

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Princess Cruises

The discount: With the line’s Three for Free promotion, everyone in the stateroom gets three perks on select sailings: stateroom upgrade, gratuities, and onboard spending money up to $150, depending on the length of your itinerary.
The itinerary: Covers many popular destinations, including Alaska, Mediterranean, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Australia, Mexico and the Caribbean from $649.
Book by date: Nov. 16

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Holland America

The discount: The Line's Explore More discount gives you four offers: a beverage package, dinner in specialty restaurant Pinnacle Grill, a reduced deposit, and free or reduced fare for your third and fourth guest.
The itinerary: The deal applies to more than 600 sailings, with itineraries around the world: Alaska, Europe, Canada/New England, Asia, Bermuda, Cuba, the Caribbean, Australia, Hawaii, South America, and the Panama Canal.
Book by date: Nov. 17

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MSC Cruises

The discount: With this line’s 2 for 1 deal, you’ll receive 50 percent off brochure rates. On Caribbean itineraries, you’ll also score perks including onboard credit, complimentary WiFi, and drink packages. The deal includes the line’s newest ship, MSC Seaside, arriving in Miami this December. And, kids under 11 sail free.
The itinerary: Mediterranean (prices start at $439 per person with the discount), Caribbean (prices start at $589 per person), Northern Europe (prices start at $429), and United Arab Emirates (prices start at $499 per person).
Book by date: Oct. 31

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Windstar Cruises

The discount: Book an itinerary that’s more than 14 days and receive onboard credit. Those who book 14-21 days will receive $400 per person, 22 to 29 days will get $600 per person, and 30 or will score $1,000. Bonus: free daily laundry is included.
The itinerary: Choose from 70 dates of the line’s Star Collector Voyages, which include select Caribbean, Alaska, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and Asia sailings.
Book by date: Oct. 31

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Viking Ocean Cruises

The discount: Save $500 per couple on Northern Europe and Asia itineraries or $250 per couple on Mediterranean itineraries.
The itinerary: The discount applies to three itineraries: a 14-night trip from London to Bergen (lowest fare with the discount comes down to $6,249), 14 nights from Hong Kong to Beijing (lowest fare is $6,049 per person) and a 7-night voyage from Barcelona to Rome (lowest fare is $1,874).
Book by date: Oct. 11

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