Beginning Sunday, the Cruise Lines International Association is rolling out its third annual National Cruise Vacation Week (NCVW), set conveniently amid National Cruise Vacation Month. Intended to drum up cruising interest and sales, the annual October event works with different cruise lines to entice travelers to book their next vacation. Proclaimed by CLIA to be “the world’s largest cruise sale,” we were wondering, well, is it?
With so many year-round cruise deals, what makes this sale better? Is it the time to buy?
The answer is this: It depends. What makes this promotion different is the scope of the lines participating. The deal offered by your favorite cruise line during National Cruise Vacation Week may not be its best of the year, but there is a near-guarantee that some type of discount or bonus will be offered during the October 20 – 27 promo period.
A reported 25 cruise lines will be participating in this year’s event, offering deals that shell out onboard credit and offer special savings. While some deals are bookable directly on the cruise lines’ websites (Holland America, MSC, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean), CLIA notes at the bottom of their NCVW cruise deals page that offers are also available through CLIA cruise agents.
So far, CLIA has posted NCVW deals for 15 of the 25 cruise lines. Ten more offers are to be announced.
The hype alone shouldn’t be a reason to book by October 27. But if you were looking for an excuse to plan your next sea escape, this may be the excuse you were looking for.