Cruises aren’t back sailing just yet, but it looks like it’s finally going to happen in 2021. And that means if you’re willing to deal with some uncertainty, you can score some nice deals with this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
There’s little doubt that this year’s Black Friday will look different than in years past for most people. Instead of waiting out in the cold for the stores to open up, many deals are moving online. For cruisers, the good news is that the buying process hasn’t changed. You’ve always been able to save on a trip to the warm Caribbean from the comfort of your home.
To be completely honest, the Black Friday cruise deals can be hit or miss. Some cruise lines pull out all the stops and offer some incredible deals that make it worth booking immediately. Others offer little discounts or sales that are similar to what’s regularly offered.
Below, we’ve rounded up all the deals we could find for the major cruise lines. As more sales roll-out, we will continue to update this page, so check back often.
Norwegian Cruise Lines (Updated 2020 Offer)
Each year we think Norwegian offers one of the top Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals we’ve found. This year looks to be no different.
First, the offer includes a huge discount of 30% off all guests on all cruises — all the way out to published schedules in 2023.
In addition, the cruise line is offering up it’s “Free at Sea” offer with all five freebies available for any cabin level (typically guests in lower-tier cabins like inside only get 1-2 of the freebies to choose from). With this sale, you can have all of the following:
- Free Unlimited Open Bar
- Free Specialty Dining
- Free Shore Excursion Credit
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids Sail Free
Now for the fine print. First, for the 30% off, passengers can’t select the cheapest “Sail Away” categories. Cruises also must be more than three nights. For the “Free at Sea” offer, you must select a cruise that’s three nights or longer.
As well, you will be responsible for gratuities on things like the drink package and specialty dining. On that drink package you’ll still have to pay gratuity of 20% on the original value of the drink package, which comes out to $19.80 per person, per day (that’s still all you can drink for about $20 per person). You’ll also have to pay 20% gratuity on the dining package.
Carnival Cruise Lines (Updated 2020 Offer)
Carnival has already announced a “Cyber Blowout” Early Saver Sail that features a solid sale with some enticing offers. This deal runs until Sunday, November 29th. It includes all the following:
- Up to 30% off cruises
- $50 reduced deposits per person
- Free room location upgrades
- Free price protection
There are a few things to note. First, $50 per person deposits are available on most cruises, but not sailings for Europe or Alaska and not on sailings aboard Mardi Gras, Horizon, or Panorama. For those trips, the deposit is $149 or $199 per person.
As well, the room location upgrade is for cabins in the same category, not an upgrade in cabin type (e.g. oceanview to balcony).
Royal Caribbean (Updated 2020 Offer)
Heading into the holiday, Royal Caribbean is offering a Thanksgiving Sale.
The sale offering a combination of deals, including 60% off of a second guest, up to $400 in instant savings, plus kids sail free.
How much you save depends on the cruise you book. On sailings of five nights or less, you could save $75 for interior and oceanview cabins, $100 for balconies and $200 for suites. On sailings six nights or longer, you could save $100 savings for interior and oceanview, $150 for balconies and $400 for suites.
One other perk to know about is that Royal Caribbean is offering double points for their loyalty program if you book before December 31, 2020 for a sailing in 2021.
MSC Cruises (Updated 2020 Offer)
MSC may not be as well-known as some of it’s larger rivals, but it is among the fastest-growing cruise lines in the world. And for good reason. The cruise line offers some amazingly priced cruises, even without deals.
This year’s Black Friday Sale, however, offers even more to like. It provides up to $600 in savings (depending on the cruise), up to $200 in onboard credit, and kids sail free.
For the onboard credit, 3/4-night cruises get $50 per person and 7-night sailings get $100 per person.
Kids under 18 years old sail free when they are the third or fourth passenger in a cabin.
The sale began on November 25th and runs through December 1st. You can find more details and book here.
Princess Cruises (Updated 2020 Offer)
Princess announced what it calls “The Cyber Event” for cruises that depart May 2021 and later. This sale offers two main features. First it provides reduced deposits. Second, it gives passengers onboard credit.
For the reduced deposits, Princess is cutting the deposit amount by 50% for cruises booked between November 24 and November 30.
As well, guests can get up to $200 in onboard credit. This credit is paid out as $50 per guest, for up to four people in a cabin. So a family of four would received $200 in onboard credit. A couple traveling would receive $100.
It should also be noted that Princess recently rolled out a pricing offer known as Princess Plus. Guests booking this offer get drinks, wi-fi, and gratuities included in their fare, instead of having to pay for them out of pocket.
Don’t want that deal (and the higher fare that accompanies it)? Then you can opt for the Princess Savers price. This it the standard fare that doesn’t include the perks.
Celebrity Cruises (Updated 2020 Offer)
This year is appears that Celebrity is forgoing a typical Black Friday cruise deal. Instead, the cruise line seems to be promoting a new all-inclusive program that it just rolled out.
According to the headline on its Black Friday page:
“Why would we save our best vacation offer for just one Friday? Answer: We aren’t.”
The offer then discusses Celebrity’s new “Always Included” program, which we profiled here.
Always Included is a new program from the cruise line that started in November. It offers everyone on the ship included gratuities, the basic drink package, and Internet access during your cruise.
Unlike other deals, this isn’t some special sale or limited-time offer. It’s a new way that Celebrity is structuring their voyages. If you book a cruise, then you get these items included. There are no other steps to take. Cruises on Celebrity simply include these items going forward.
Is it a good deal? There’s no word on how the price of cruises changed, but it’s safe to assume that prices were likely increased to compensate for the new features. If you’re someone who will take advantage of the drink package and Internet access, then it could be worth it.