While many people are shopping at the mall on Black Friday, avid travelers are cruising the internet for travel deals. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the best times to book a future cruise.
“Aside from Cruise Week, or “the Black Friday of Cruising,” as we like to call it, the day after Thanksgiving is a great time to book a cruise, stated Alejandra Lopez, Digital Marketing Manager and Expert Cruise Advisor at Onboard.com. The cruise lines want to get in on the shopping action, and with new trends toward truly personalized and rewarding gifts, giving the gift of travel is going to be big this year.”
Beginning Black Friday through Cyber Monday, visitors to Onboard.com can book a cruise with their choice of six participating cruise lines and receive exclusive perks, which include:
Royal Caribbean International: Up to $150 to spend onboard when booking a seven-night-or-longer sailing embarking after Dec. 15. Not valid on Quantum of the Seas.
Norwegian Cruise Line: Up to $150 to spend onboard when booking a seven-night-or-longer sailing in 2015.
Princess Cruises: An exclusive savings booklet valued at $325, when booking seven nights or longer. Coupons valid ship-wide, including onboard photography, retails shops, spa and Internet packages.
Cunard Line: Up to $300 per stateroom to spend onboard all sailings booked through 2016.
Carnival Cruise Line: Up to $25 to spend onboard when booking select 2015 cruises.
Holland America Line: Dinner for two at the Pinnacle Grill, Holland America’s refined, luxurious, romantic and intimate restaurant featuring delicious seafood and sustainably-raised beef dishes inspired by America’s Pacific Northwest.
“Holiday shoppers are looking for more experiential gift ideas that allow them to share good times and make memories with their friends and family,” said Maryanna Estomba-Rousseau, editor in chief, Onboard.com. “The gift of cruising offers just that, and Onboard.com’s cruise advisors help cruisers create a perfectly tailored cruise vacation.”
Headquartered in South Beach and backed by parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Onboard.com has more than 20 years of experience in the cruising industry. Lopez says that many people plan cruises well in advance, but a cruise can also be spontaneous. For example, if you wanted to book a cruise for this holiday, it’s possible.
“If you have a valid passport, you can decide as late as 2 days before to book your cruise, remarked Lopez.”Cruising is a very flexible travel option and you may find better deals as lines look to fill up empty space.”
Many parents may be disappointed to not see Disney Cruises in Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. Lopez remarked, “Disney provides a great value for their specialized product all year round—there’s no other line quite like it, and they’re always adding new fun and engaging family-centered activity. For that reason, you don’t see many Disney cruise deals. But at Onboard.com, there are always available savings when you become a member (free of charge), no booking fees, plus we have a Best Price Guarantee!”
Prices of cruises will vary and onboard credits depend on the stateroom category booked. Travelers can call 1-855-438-0587 and mention “Black Friday” to a live cruise expert to redeem promotions, or visit promo.onboard.com/black-friday for more information.