Cruise News: New Cruise Deals, Birthdays and Excursions

Sep 30, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado

October's Plan a Cruise Month is underway, which means one thing: DEALS.

October is Plan a Cruise Month (organized by the Cruise Lines International Association, or CLIA), and cruise lines will be rolling out a number of enticing deals and perks throughout the month to inspire your next vacation. Here are some exciting cruise deals to jump start the celebration.

#CruiseSmile Sweepstakes

CLIA has launched a #CruiseSmile sweepstakes, which will award a cruise to one winner a week throughout the month. Every week, they'll feature a new cruise vacation theme:

  • October 1-6: Family Friendly Cruises for four
  • October 7-16: Cultural exploration cruises for two
  • October 17-24: Fun in the Sun cruises for two
  • October 25-31: Exploring Nature cruises for two

Each week's winner will have the chance to choose a vacation from the cruises featured that week. One cruise to watch for: MSC Divina, which will be featured on October 4.

You get to wake up to this view.

Pool on board MSC Divina

And indulge in this spa (not included, but it's a slice of indoor paradise).


And end your day with this view.


Caribbean cruise deals for MSC Cruises

In addition to taking part in the #CruiseSmile sweepstakes, MSC sailings this month, including a 2-for-1 booking deal for Caribbean cruises on MSC Divina (for October 22, 2016 and December 6, 2016), MSC Meraviglia (for November 5, 2017) and MSC Preziosa (for September 17, 2017).

Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates 50 years of cruising

In honor of their semi centennial milestone on December 19, the cruise line is celebrating in style by launching the Norwegian's First 50 anniversary campaign. Past guests on Norwegian Cruise Line are encouraged to upload their favorite photos while sailing with the cruise line. And anyone who wants to celebrate with the cruise line during their official 50th anniversary in December can choose from these special sailings:

  • 8-day cruise on Norwegian Breakaway, departing December 18 from New York to Florida and the Bahamas.
  • 8-day cruise on Norwegian Getaway, departing December 18 from Miami to the western Caribbean.
  • 8-day cruise on Norwegian Jade, departing December 18 from Tampa to the western Caribbean.
  • 10-day cruise on Norwegian Gem, departing December 19 from New York to the eastern Caribbean.
  • 10-day cruise on Norwegian Pearl, departing December 19 from Miami to explore the Panama Canal.

These cruises also offer a $100 onboard credit.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection launches new active river cruise excursions for 2017

Craving a more authentic and active cruise experience? Uniworld has launched new Go Active excursions for Europe river cruises in 2017. New excursions include:

Paris and Impressions of the Seine: A 10-day Paris-to-Paris adventure where guests can experience the region's most renowned sights: from Normandy's Abbey Route to the village where Van Gogh created some of his most infamous artworks.

Highlights of Eastern Europe: This journey from Budapest to Bucharest takes guests down a historic path navigated by past kings and crusaders. Visiting Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria, the cruise offers the chance to engage in intimate meals with farmers in Croatia, visit the tomb of Vlad the Impaler in the Romanian countryside and explore Ivanovo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Visit Uniworld's website for more information on Go Active itineraries for 2017.

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