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At CruiseDeals.com, we track cruise pricing trends closely as we pride ourselves in alerting our clients and subscribers to the best deals first. This week, the CruiseDeals.com Seamail Spotlight focused on Holiday Deals. Due to the popularity of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Cruises, we originally ran the Holiday Spotlight a month ago. My expectation when researching the Holiday cruises was that the rates would be higher than they were a month ago. To my surprise, a couple of the Thanksgiving cruises and Christmas cruises had drastically reduced. Here are the best Holiday Cruise Deals currently available.
Enjoy the Celebrity Life this Thanksgiving on the Celebrity Century 5 night Western Caribbean Cruise, starting at only $259 per person. At $56 per day, this rate can’t be beat. You’ll be served a 5 star Thanksgiving Dinner and not have to touch a single dish!
Looking for the hottest Christmas Cruise Deal? On December 19th, 2010, the Norwegian Jewel is sailing 7-nights roundtrip from New York City. Oceanview Cabins are available for only $549 per person! With the average 7-night Christmas Cruise pricing out at over $1000 per person for an oceanview cabin, this is an unbeatable deal.
Out of San Diego, CA, the Carnival Spirit is sailing 7-nights over Christmas to the Mexican Riviera starting at only $649.
New Year’s Eve Cruise:
Ring in the New Year on the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas, 3-night Bahamas Cruise starting at $399 per person.
Looking to book a 2011 Holiday Cruises? I would book during the World’s Largest Cruise Night October 13th -15th, 2010.
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I met Ryan, one of my best friends through high school and college, at the Miami airport before heading over to the Celebrity Century. Ryan is a first-time cruiser. I’ve been on many cruises over the past few years, so I occasionally forget the awe of getting on a cruise ship for the first time. The Celebrity Century is a medium-sized vessel which is dwarfed in size when compared to the new massive cruise ships. But to the first-time cruiser, touring a ship for the first-time gets reactions like “Man this Awesome” or “I didn’t realize ships had all this”. It’s always refreshing to get the opportunity to see the cruise experience through a first-timers’ eyes.
Celebrity Century in Jamaica, 12.14.09
This is my first Celebrity Cruise Line experience and I had high expectations for the food and service as I’ve been told for years that Celebrity is noticeably different in those areas. We arrived to the Celebrity Century at 12:15 PM and we headed straight to the Buffet. At the lunch buffet, we found an excellent pasta bar where there are 20+ fresh ingredients to choose from. Even with high-expectations, I was really surprised by the quality of the buffet food. I noticed small differences like a nice cloth covering on the trays and the food at the buffet is protected better because all items are covered by more glass which keeps everything more sanitary. Throughout the entire cruise we did not run into lines at the buffet which is wonderful. And yes the ship was sold out.
Although the price of the Celebrity Century is selling for as low as $295 pp for 5-nights in January and December, Celebrity is not skimping on its product. Two examples of how they are not cutting back on the amenities are that they’re continuing to run the all-you-can-eat Sushi Bar every night and the Ice Cream bar during the day. Both are included for the price to get on the Celebrity Century and on some other lines come with an extra charge.
Conference at Sea
Not all fun and games. I am on the Celebrity Century to teach some Travel Leaders agents about Social Media. This is the 2nd conference at sea that I have been to in the last month. The value is unbeatable by land based conferences thanks to having everything included in one price. The Sea days are the perfect opportunity to have educational based sessions. The networking and relationship building is amazing at a Conference at Sea.
Blog Posts coming Soon:
Jamaica – Dunns River Falls & Cayoba Gardens
Grand Cayman – Stingray City & Snorkeling
Above and Beyond Service – Celebrity Century.
I typically do not write blog posts about deals. The Best Deals are time sensitive, so by the time you read this blog post this deal may be gone. I wanted to get this deal up on the blog ASAP because this truly the ‘Deal of the Century’. On November 28th, 2009 the recently refurbished Celebrity Century will depart Barcelona Spain. The Century has stops in Spain, Portugal, & England before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
This year we have benefitted from being one of the best at selling distressed inventory for the cruise lines. We were able to get the Celebrity Century 14 night Transatlantic Cruise for only $399 per person. That is $29 per day per person for a Premium Cruise Experience. People were paying $799 for an inside cabin on this sailing a little over a month ago.
In a year of incredible deals, this is the best. I guarantee that no one will pay less than $399 for this the Celebrity Celebrity Century 14nt. Cruise Vacation. I checked air earlier today to find prices for Cruise & Air together for this cruise. From NYC the price for Cruise & Air is about $1043 per person. From Charlotte, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida is $1210. Call 800.668.6414 to see if this deal is still available and to get rates on your airfare.
One Stop - La Palma Canary Islands