The Best Luxe Cruise Deals for 2021 & 2022
You guys know this by now but I’m a BIG fan of cruising, when it’s done right. I don’t like the huge ships with a ton of people and endless buffets, I like five-star, yacht-like experiences with service that beats any hotel I’ve ever been to. I like making my hotel my transportation so I only have to unpack once while I see the world. Cruising is the BEST way to travel, and I’m not afraid to say it. But only when it’s done luxe. These aren’t cruises – they’re sailings.
While cruising may not have resumed just yet due to the pandemic, that’s not stopping some of my favorite luxury cruise lines from putting out some INCREDIBLE deals for later in 2021 and 2022. These might just be some of the best travel deals of the year, you guys, so if you’ve ever considered a luxury cruise vacation, now is the time to hop onboard! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing wine-and-dine-centered European river cruise or something a bit more adventurous like sailing through glaciers in Alaska, I’ve got you covered with this list of the best cruise deals during the pandemic!!
When it comes to luxe cruising, the ships below are smaller and more intimate and the service is top-of-the-line. Think: large, spacious rooms with not just over-ocean balconies, 24-hour on-call butler service, Michelin Star cuisine, and sophisticated destinations. This Jetset-vetted list of cruise lines ensures both timeless luxury and sustainable/eco friendly business practices so that you can feel good about the companies you are supporting.
Do you guys remember when I sailed with Windstar in the Phillippines? I loved every second of that trip. This luxury cruise line specializes in visiting many of the chic ports that ban larger ships, like the Byzantine hilltop town of Monemvasia in the Greek Islands, or the palm-fringed island of Bequia of Caribbean. Those smaller ports give you a much greater sense of connection with your surroundings. Windstar also recently became the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation, meaning lots of food-centric itineraries and guest chefs! Go for something exotic with their Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands cruise, or a romantic escape to Lake Como and the Adriatic sea!
Average 8-day Fare: $2,000-$3,000
Deals: Reduced deposits of only 5% on all 2021 cruises and selection of a free perk (could include a free hotel night, beverage package, ect, depending on the room you book).
Seabourn is one of the exclusive ‘ultra-luxury’ cruise lines that includes ALL premium alcoholic beverages while on board, making it possibly the most luxurious all-inclusive travel experience in the world. Seabourn’s ships feature fewer than 300 suites and they leverage their smaller size to access some of the best ports in the world, like St. Tropez in the south of France; the Greek island of Kos and Monaco’s Monte Carlo. Michelin-starred chefs have designed the on-board menus and they make a huge sustainability effort so you can feel good about your travel choices. Seabourn sails all over the world, visiting popular cruising destinations like Alaska, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, as well as more far-flung destinations in Australia, Asia and Antarctica.
Average 8-day Fare: $3,800
Deals: Huge upgrade opportunities and 10% off select cruises in 2021&2022
This luxury cruise company pulls out all the stops. With impressive itineraries like their voyage from Mumbai to Singapore, their adventure expeditions to areas like the Antarctic Peninsula and their trips down infamous European rivers, you can expect the best of the best on all fronts. All Suite accommodations are serviced by attentive butlers, you’ll have stellar Michelin Star inspired cuisine, and abundant perks.They have both Riverboats and Luxe Ocean liners. Everything is included even alcohol and gratuities, so you can have a worry-free experience.
Average 8-day Fare: $6,000
Deals: Right now you can book with no money down and many of their 2021 cruises are highly discounted, like their 9-day excursion around the Mediterreanean for only $3,649, HALF of their typical price, or 12-night from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai fr only $3,749!
Scenic’s ships host between 44 and 163 guests. Aboard guests will enjoy butlers who stock their complimentary mini fridge with preferred beverages, six lavish on-board dining choices, Egyptian cotton sheets, wellness center/spa and National Geographic land excursions. Passengers tend to be well traveled and sophisticated. Explore the Rhine river from Amsterdam to Zurich, or wind through France’s wine country.
Average Eight-Day Fare: $4,500 per person.
Deals: Right now they are offering $500 off trips between January 2022-December 2022.
A particularly posh cruise line, with unique antique furniture and abundant crystal and marble-no two ships are alike! With an average of only 130 guest per ship, the service and attention from the staff is unmatched. Everything is included in the ticket price, food and alcohol,WiFi, airport transfer and even land excursions! So you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the best of Europe’s most prestigious destinations. Explore the wine regions of Provence and Burgundy or the Castles along the Rhine river! Oh-la-la.
Average 8-day Fare: $3,500-$4,000
Deals: Book by March 31st to save 12% on all 2022 cruises.
It’s all about the food on Oceania Cruises. You can get a six-course Dom Perignon dinner with a pairing of three vintages, a cooking center where passengers of all cooking skill levels can take classes, and culinary-themed excursions, like a visit to the market in Nice! Oceania cruises do a great job at making the experience much more than the boat, they partner with unique local companies so that your land “excursions” might just be the best part of your trip, and that’s saying something with boats like theirs.
Average 8-day Fare: $1,500-$2,000
Deals: There are plenty of cruises on special, but right now in particular if you book select 2021&2022 cruises before February 23, 2021 you can get HUGE savings! I’m talking $2,000 or less for some of their 12 day cruises (the typical cost of their 7 day exhibitions), along with a FREE beverage package, FREE shore excursions and $600 on-board spending credit. Set sail through the Mediterranean or get adventurous in southwest Asia.
If you’ve ever eyed-up the sophisticated French cruise line, Ponant, now is the time to book that dream vacay! Fine French cuisine, Hermès bath products, and personalized service come standard on Ponant’s fleet. Each ship features an infinity pool, an underwater viewing lounge, and itineraries that include destinations as far-flung as Papua New Guinea and West African islands.
Average 8 Day Fare: $5,000-8,000
Deals: Right now Ponant is offering up to 30% off select 2021 cruises in almost every destination category! Escapade around the Peloponnese sailing from Sicily to Greece for as low at $2,600! Or maybe spend next Christmas hitting the “Pearls of the Carribean”.
Ama Waterways ships hold between 144-196 passengers, making it more intimate and close knit. Their cruises emphasize health and wellness while also balancing out your stay with delicious seasonal food and wine. All meals including lunch and a daily happy hour are included. Most of their cabins feature twin balconies and flat screen TVs. With incredible land partners like Backroads, you’re in for unique hiking, biking or sailing excursions.
Average 8-day fare: $2,600
Deals: Save $1,000 per person when you book a 2021 European Holiday cruise, plus complimentary Stateroom upgrade and $50 on-board spending. Who doesn’t want to cruise around all of the best Christmas markets in the world? Also, when you book select European river cruises before February 28th, 2021 you’ll receive a complimentary land package as well!
The first ever yacht in the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will make her debut in July 2021. As this is the inaugural year and we are in the middle of a pandemic, the prices are most likely the lowest you’ll ever see them. With small ships servicing the world’s most interesting destinations, luxury cruise lovers are sure to swoon over these itineraries around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Every detail of your time aboard has been carefully curated, with specialty dining experiences designed by Chef Sven Elverfeld, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg and a spacious Spa that offers rejuvenating treatments in ocean view rooms.
Average 8-day Fare: $6,000
Deals: First year/pandemic pricing
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