There’s no time like the present to snag cheap cruise deals for 2021 and beyond. Because of the pause in operations due to COVID-19, special pricing and perks for 2021 cruises abound — for the same accommodations and amenities you would’ve paid much more for a year ago!
Looking to 2021 and beyond, major cruise lines are planning trips with extra sanitation and public safety protocol. From employee discounts to two-for-one pricing, here are cheap cruises we’re eyeing for 2021 and later.
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1. Save up to 30% when you book a Carnival cruise now for 2021-2023.
Take this two-day cruise to Baja Mexico, for example. The two-night excursion, which leaves from and returns to San Diego, is $513.76 after taxes and fees for two people in one room, or $128.44 per person, per night. Not bad when you consider it includes an interior room, dining, rum and tequila bars, water parks, and musical entertainment.
Keep your eye out for future Carnival sales, because I wouldn’t be surprised if you could find an even cheaper cruise for 2021 or beyond.
PRO TIP: With Carnival and some other major cruise lines, you can apply to finance the cost of your cruise through Uplift at 0% APR for six months.
2. MSC Cruises is doing two-for-one deals on all of their Caribbean cruises.
For example, on a four-night cruise to the Caribbean and Bahamas (roundtrip from Miami), prices start at just $109 per person — or, thanks to the two-for-one special, two people. That price includes access to the buffet and main dining, the kids club, gym and pool, and Broadway-style theater shows. Kids can come along for free as long as they’re under the age of 17, are your third or fourth guest, and are staying in the same room as you.
That means for a total of $438 including taxes, a family of four could sail the Caribbean for four nights! As mentioned above, you could pay it off in monthly installments via Uplift, which would be just $39.05 per month.
Check MSC Cruises website for other amazing 2021 cruise deals.
PRO TIP: Look for off-season deals wherever it is you want to go. September is the off-season for Alaska cruise destinations, for example, while June through October is low-season for the Caribbean. Prices are likely to dip for trips booked for that time frame.
3. Look for Norwegian Cruise Line’s employee discount sales for 20% off.
If you’re looking for cheap cruises, always check out Norwegian’s current deals. They have a host of ever-changing promotions, including special access to their employee discount — 20% off all cruises — plus your choice between free: two kids tickets, open bar, speciality dining, wifi, and excursions.
That means if you book during one of those promos for a 2021 cruise, a family of four could do a three-day tour through the Pacific Coast (leaving from Vancouver, British Columbia and ending in San Francisco), for a total of about $730 after fees. I don’t know about you, but if my family can take a three-day vacation for less than $200 a head, that’s a success.
Norwegian Cruise vacations booked for 2021 can be cancelled up to 120 days before departure for a full refund.
4. Costco members get 2% back and access to special deals on 2021 cruises.
Perks include special packages and amenities (think: special spa or tour credits) only offered to Costco members and discounted rates (usually a couple hundred bucks cheaper) on ever-popular lines like Disney Cruises, Viking Cruises, and Princess Cruises.
Costco Executive members also get 2% back on all travel (as well as Costco purchases). So if you spent $946 on a four-night Disney Magic tour through the Caribbean and Bahamas in fall 2021, you would get $19 cash back. Note: The kickback maxes out at $1,000 per year.
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5. Get 60% off a second guest on a 2021 Royal Caribbean cruise.
If you book now, you can get 60% off for a second guest, up to $150 in savings, and two free kids’ tickets on select Royal Caribbean cruises. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
A three-night Caribbean cruise in January 2021 (that would normally cost $757) for two people is just $570 after the 60% discount is applied to the second person and an additional $25 off for booking a 2021 cruise is applied.
6. Check CruiseCheap.com to see cruise lines’ specials all in one place.
It can be tough to find an affordable cruise to Alaska, but on CruiseCheap.com, we found a five-night Alaskan cruise for summer 2021 starting at $349 per person. The excursion is round-trip from Seattle and heads to Ketchikan, a town on the southeastern edge of the state that is known for being a popular docking destination and native history.
You can filter your search for cheap cruise deals by cruise line, destination, theme, and more.
7. Consider a river cruise instead of an ocean or sea cruise.
Recent examples of discounts include a $600 discount for couples on a six-day tour of America’s jazz history; free flights or a $2,000 discount per couple on 2021 Emerald Waterways Europe river cruises; and free flights or $1,000 discount per couple on select Viking river cruises.
Be sure to check for the latest sales and promotions on RiverCruise.com.