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THE DEAL: Holland America Line is offering free or reduced fares for third/fourth berths and children 17 and younger, as well as a $50 beverage card and reduced fares. A seven-night sailing onboard Statendam, departing on May 25, 2014, starts from just $499 per person for an inside cabin.
WHAT WE LOVE: So what if you’ve missed wave season; cruise lines have begun rolling out promotions through the year. With Holland America’s “Summer on Sale,” you can partake in the “kids sail free” trend, including free or reduced third and fourth berths (as long as they sail in the same cabin as first and second passengers). In addition, a bonus beverage card lubricates the deal with $50 worth of drinks. Sail next month from just $71 per person, per night onboard Statendam. Summer destinations span Alaska itineraries, which the line is well known for, along with Canada and New England, and Europe.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: With many promotions comes varying terms and bonuses. If you’re looking to book now, there’s no reason not to take advantage of this deal; however, there will always be a sale behind it and it may be offering more of what you’re looking for. Consider if a beverage card is something you will put to use, if not, perhaps a future offer will provide onboard credit. If you plan on traveling in a group of four, or bringing the kids or grandkids along, this is your time to book these select itineraries. If you’re traveling solo or as a pair, reduced fares will have no effect on your price.
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