| Date Published: February 11, 2011 |
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|Who Needs Roses? Three Cruise Lines Offer Valentine's Deals|
(2:16 p.m. EST) -- Want a Valentine's Day two-for-one special? Surprise your sweetheart with a cruise reservation this week (Gift 1) and then get treated to extra romantic perks once you're onboard (Gift 2). It's a win-win for cruise lovers and lovers who cruise -- but the deals are only available on select lines and you have to act fast.
Azamara Club Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Paul Gauguin Cruises are all throwing in romantic extras -- like complimentary Champagne or dinner for two at a specialty restaurant -- if you book a 2011 cruise in the next few days. Truth be told, it's delayed gratification: Book during Valentine's week and redeem your romance at a later date. Though you will have the intervening months to plan your trip together, dream about romantic walks on the beach and maybe even purchase that diamond ring. Plus, with early booking savings and lingering Wave Season value-adds, you may find low fares and extra savings in addition to your lover's gifts.
Here's what on offer from these three cruise lines:
Azamara Four-Day Valentine's Sale
The Deal: With Azamara's four-day Valentine's sale, book an outside or higher category cabin on select European cruises on Azamara Journey or Azamara Quest and you'll receive $500 in onboard credit, a bottle of Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and dinner for two in one of the specialty restaurants. While you're surprising your sweetie with these romantic gifts, you'll also satisfy your practical side with Azamara's ongoing offer of early-booking savings and up to a $2,000 ChoiceAir credit. Plus, all Azamara fares include gratuities, wine with meals, soda and coffee, shuttles into town (where applicable) and self-service laundry.
To Book: For information and reservations, please contact Azamara Club Cruises at 877-999-9553 or call a travel agent. This sale starts February 14 and expires February 17.
Free Romantic Gift with Paul Gauguin Cruise Booking
The Deal: In honor of Valentine's Day, anyone who books a 2011 South Pacific cruise on Paul Gauguin through February 19 will receive a gift package including a black Tahitian pearl pendant, a bottle of Champagne, gourmet chocolates and flower turndown during the sailing (the line values this package at $230). Fares vary by sail date.
To Book: For information, immediate quote and/or reservations, please contact Paul Gauguin Cruises at 800-848-6172 or call a travel agent. This offer is valid through February 19.
Royal Caribbean Valentine's Perks
The Deal: With Royal Caribbean's Valentine's sale, passengers who book select Caribbean, Mediterranean and Alaska sailings by February 15, will receive up to $100 in onboard credit, dinner for two in a specialty restaurant, Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Applicable voyages include select cruises of five nights or longer departing between March 1 and June 30, 2011.
To Book: For information and reservations, please contact Cruise One at 800-278-4731. This offer expires February 15.
Can't wait to take your sweetie on a cruise? Check out our last-minute cruise deals page for close-in sailings to get away now.
-- by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor
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