Several cruise lines are extending special offers to passengers displaced as a result of American Classic Voyages bankruptcy filing last week. Holland America, Windstar, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Norwegian with deals aimed at converting cruisers who's fares on Delta Queen voyages (except the Delta Queen Steamboat), Patriot and Independence are now null-and-void. But which cruise line is offering the most tantalizing come-on to re-book a cruise? Our analysis:
Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Lines
Promotion: For select cruises departing between now and February 11, 2002 Carnival is providing deeply discounted rates on a "best available" stateroom" basis. Fares range from $149 for a inside cabin on a three-day Bahamas cruise to $799 for a balcony stateroom on one of the line's two 10-day cruises next spring in Hawaii. All prices per person, double occupancy.
Bottom Line: It's mostly a gimmick -- bargain hounds, whether disappointed AMCV customers or not -- can find similar deals, particularly on the shorter cruises, if they hunt around. The longer voyages are a good value, though; in addition to Hawaii you can, on a space available basis, get a cabin with balcony on a seven-day Caribbean trip for $499.
Cruise Line: Holland America & Windstar
Promotion: Depending on when AMCV cruisers were scheduled to depart, HAL's offering a three-pronged deal (aimed at categories of pre-December 21, holiday, and post-holiday). Fares range from $359 for a seven day Caribbean trip (pre-holiday) which is the lowest premium-related price out there to a scrumptious $1,000 11-day Barbados sailing on luxe Windstar¹s Windsurf which works out to an amazing less-than-$100 per person per diem.
Bottom Line: Worth biting on. $600 for a Holland America holiday-week trip is awesome but even more intriguing are that longer trips on HAL and sister line Windstar (from Panama Canal to Hawaii to Caribbean to South America) are costing about what a weeklong Caribbean voyage would've, pre economy slowdown.
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean & Celebrity
Promotion: Both Royal Caribbean and sister line Celebrity are offering onboard credit, ranging from $25 for up to 5-night voyages to $50 for those on six to nine night cruises to $75 for ten or more nights. These are per cabin, not per person.
Bottom Line: Nice perk but no real incentive to book either line.
Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Promotion: Discounts on cruise fares ranging from $100 on Norwegian Star's Hawaii voyages to $400 on Norwegian Dream¹s Baltic itineraries next year. That¹s per cabin, not per person.
Bottom Line: A bit of a yawn; serious discount hounds can probably beat the special" American Classic discounts that Norwegian's offering.
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October 22, 2001