Cruises are more than sailing on mega-sized ships. You can cruise on small, intimate ships where you get to know fellow passengers and your ship doesn’t overwhelm the port you are sailing into. Additionally, these smaller ships can go to places the larger ships can’t such as small bays and rivers.
Here are a few alternative cruises to consider. Don’t think your ship has sailed, pun intended. You can still get deals and discounts on these alternate sailing experiences.
Save on Mighty Mississippi Voyages – Save up to $3,600 per stateroom on the new, full-length Mighty Mississippi voyages onboard the American Queen.
The offer expires Mar. 31, 2016, or when no qualifying cabins are available. It is valid on new, paid-in-full bookings with full payment at the time of booking. The offers are open to U.S. and Canadian residents only and not on group bookings or existing reservations. The offer cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts.
The promotional fares and amenities are capacity-controlled, may vary by sailing and may be withdrawn without notice. Cruise fare does not include government taxes and fees, port charges, gratuities, airfare, insurance, personal expenditures, and transportation costs incurred while traveling to and from embarkation ports.
Save $3,600 per stateroom double occupancy on Cabin Category AAA for select 2016 American Queen voyage dates.
Save $2,200 per stateroom double occupancy on Cabin Category AA for select 2016 American Queen voyage dates.
Save $2,000 per stateroom double occupancy on Cabin Categories F or G for select 2016 American Queen voyage dates.
Save $1,600 per stateroom double occupancy on Cabin Category A for select 2016 American Queen voyage dates.
Solo travelers pay 125 percent single supplement.
American Queen Steamboat Company or 888/749-5280.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages Reduced Fares – – Experience the rugged and beautiful nature of Iceland. Cruise and Maritime Voyages offers discounts on cruises in the North Atlantic and Northern Isles.
Here are some of the discounts.
Iceland & Northern Isles, Cruise G614, 12 nights onboard the MS Magellan from Newcastle, England on Apr. 24, 2016. Was $4,649, now $1,369 per person.
Iceland & Northern Isles, Cruise G6D4, 12 Nights onboard the MS Magellan from Dundee Scotland on Apr. 25, 2016. Was $4,219, now $1,289 per person.
Iceland & Northern Isles, Cruise P614, 12 nights onboard the MS Marco Polo from Hull, England on June 4, 2016. Was $4,259, now $1,469 per person.
Iceland & Northern Isles, Cruise P616, 12 nights onboard the MS Marco Polo from Newcastle, England on June 22, 2016. Was $3,859, now $1,349 per person.
Iceland & Northern Isles, Cruise P620, 12 nights onboard the MS Marco Polo from Edinburgh, Scotland on July 29, 2016. Was $3,959, now $1,379 per person.
Offers apply to new bookings only and do not include travel cost such as airfare, transfers, and/or hotel. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Rates do not include gratuities of approximately $8 per person, per night debited to on board account.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages or 855/206-4897
Emerald Waterways 2017 River Cruise at 2016 Prices – – Emerald Waterways, is accepting bookings for the 2017 river cruise season. Save with an early booking offer. Book any 2017 sailing before Apr. 30, 2016, and pay 2016 fares. You also receive additional savings of $250 per person on seven to 10 night sailings and $500 per person on longer trips.
Sailings are available on some 2016 itineraries and come with big savings: booking a panorama balcony, grand balcony & owner’s one-bedroom suites on any 2016 sailing between March and August will get you free airfare to Europe from select cities.
The 2017 river cruising season brings two new ships – The Emerald Liberté in France and the Emerald Radiance in Portugal and new itineraries on Portugal’s Douro and France’s Rhône and Saône Rivers.
The eight-day Secrets of the Douro sailing will stop in Portugal and Spain.
The eight-day Sensations of Southern France voyage travels from Lyon to Arles along the Rhône and Saône Rivers, passing through Chalon-Sur-Saône, Tournon and Avignon.
The new Star Ships will be smaller versions of the original design to take advantage of the rivers’ structures. The Emerald Liberté will carry 138 guests in 70 suites and staterooms, while the Emerald Radiance will sail with 112 guests in 56 suites and staterooms, both with a three-to-one guest to crew ratio. A new category of stateroom will appear on the Radiance with 330 sq. feet of living space and amenities found in the grand balcony suites. The Emerald Liberté will have the Emerald onboard heated swimming pool with a retractable glass roof, which transforms into a cinema in the evening. The Emerald Radiance will feature an outdoor lounging pool on the sun deck.
Emerald Waterways features near all-inclusive pricing. The cruise fare includes all transfers to and from the ship; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; free WiFi onboard the ship, a shore excursion daily; and all gratuities on and off the ship.
Emerald Waterways or 855/222-3214.
Nicki Chodnoff is editor of Travel Savings Alerts, a monthly newsletter that tells you about deals, discounts and destinations. To sign up for a free subscription to Travel Savings Alerts send an email to: email@example.com.