(Updated 12:20 p.m. EST) -- Cruise sales come and go throughout the year, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday have emerged as a great time to book your long-awaited vacation at sea. The after-Thanksgiving holiday deal dates are synonymous with snagging a bargain in the retail space, but they also produce some pretty impressive cruise deals, and this year's 2021 Black Friday cruise deals aren't skipping a beat.
Whether you love booking well in advance or are a last-minute type of traveler, there's a deal in here for you. Here are this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday cruise deals that'll get you saving -- and sailing -- ASAP.
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The deal: Take 70% off rates for your second passenger, plus load up on seven different Free at Sea offers with this Norwegian Cruise Line "Greatest Deal Ever" offer. Free at Sea perks include free open bar, free specialty dining, free shore excursion credits, free Wi-Fi, discounts on additional guests, free airfare for your second guest and a free $250 credit toward a future sailing. All these Black Friday sale freebies can add up to $4,250 in value, and you don't have to pick and choose -- all seven are included in this greatest-ever deal. Even better news is that this deal applies to all published sailings from 2021 through summer 2024, so you can book ahead (way ahead).
● 2022 Caribbean Winter Cruises
● First Sailings on Norwegian Prima
● Cruises from New Orleans
● 2022 Alaska Cruises
● 2022 Greek Isles Cruises
● 2021 Holiday Cruises
Good to know: Only bookings made between November 18 through December 2 are eligible for the 70% off second guest sale. The booking window for the Free at Sea add-ons varies by sailing. Discounted additional guest perks are subject to sailing eligibility. Free roundtrip airfare for second passengers requires purchase of roundtrip airfare for first passenger and is only available on select sailings lasting four days or more. Cruisers will also get two-for-one deposits and risk-free cancellation.
The deal: Costa Cruises might be an Italian cruise line, but it's celebrating the American tradition of a good Black Friday sale with its Black Friday Days sale. Discounts equate to up to 41% off rates for 96 summer 2022 departures, for savings of up to $567. Travelers can choose between seven- to 10-day itineraries for sailings in April through August of 2022 on cruises in the Adriatic Sea and to popular destinations such as Spain, Sweden, Northern Europe, the Norwegian Fjords and more.
Eligible voyages: Specific sailings included in the holiday sale include select departure dates aboard Costa Diadema, Costa Luminosa, Costa Favolosa, as well as the line's newest ships, Costa Smeralda and Costa Firenze. Eligible sailings will be marked with a "Black Friday Sale" ribbon online at costacruises.com.
Good to know: Costa's Black Friday Deal is only available to residents of the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean basin, and travelers must book by December 6, 2021, for their cruises to qualify. Discounted rate is the rate displayed on the site.
The deal: For just one week, Holland America is offering $99 deposits and its "Have it All" package of inclusions that cover shore excursions, drinks, specialty dining, gratuities, and onboard Wi-Fi. This Black Friday Deal applies to almost all sailings save Grand Voyages or cruises under six days. Holland America cruises to all seven continents, visiting destinations such as Alaska, New Zealand, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and more.
Eligible voyages: All cruises departing from November 30, 2021, through December 31, 2023, are eligible for this sale, except, as mentioned, Grand Voyages and any cruises that are five days or fewer. Travelers hoping to experience Alaska Cruisetours, which consists of a land and sea itinerary, are in luck as these cruises are also included in the Black Friday Sale.
Good to know: The Black Friday Sale runs until December 7, 2021, and is valid only for the first and second passengers in each stateroom.
The deal: If you were looking for a sign to finally test out a balcony stateroom, consider MSC Cruises’s Black Friday sale a good nudge. The line is offering balcony staterooms for the price of an ocean view, and kids sail free. This means you can bring the whole family and snag a balcony for as little as $129 per person on select sailings.
Eligible voyages: Caribbean and Bahamas, Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises on MSC Seashore, MSC Meraviglia and MSC Divina are all eligible for this deal.
Good to know: MSC’s Black Friday bookings include Total CruiseFlex which allows travelers to change their cruise booking up to 48 hours before departure, as long as your cruise departs on or before September 22, 2022.
The deal: Cunard Line is offering select cruises to multiple destinations for as low as $899, plus reduced deposits of $100 for these fares, including transatlantic voyages.
Eligible voyages: Available for 2022 transatlantic sailings and cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, New England and Canada, Panama Canal and Europe.
Good to know: Black Friday deals must be booked by December 2, 2021 with the booking code RGL. Deposits are non-refundable and must be paid within three days of booking a promotional fare.
The deal: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises wants to help you close out 2021 with not one, but at least two luxury river cruise sailings. Travelers looking to get in a few sights before the end of the year on one of Uniworld's 2021 sailings -- including aboard the line's new Super Ship, S.S. Sphinx -- will receive 50% off a second holiday season sailing departing in 2021. Sailings are all-inclusive, meaning your onboard meals, premium alcoholic beverages, onboard Wi-Fi, airport transfers, gratuities and shore excursions are all taken care of.
Eligible voyages: Full-fare bookings on sailings departing by December 31, 2021, and 50% off second cruise applies to holiday season cruises departing before December 31, 2021.
● 13-day Grand Christmas and New Year's sailing from Nuremberg, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary
● 11-day Enchanting Christmas and New Year's sailing from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary
● Eight-day Rhine Holiday Markets sailing from Basel, Switzerland, to Cologne, Germany
Good to know: Offer valid on bookings made through December 2021. Rates start at $1,999 per person.
The deal: Luxury cruise line Amazara is offering 20% savings on select sailings from November 26, 2021 to May 5, 2023 for all cabin categories. Each stateroom will also receive $500 worth of onboard spending credit and an upgraded premium drinks package for two. Passengers can pick from select voyages throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Canary Islands, including sailings featuring holiday programming. This offer can be combined with existing offers to increase stateroom credits to $1,000.
Eligible voyages: Here are a few examples of select sailings eligible for this sale:
● November 26, 2021: 14-night Caribbean Breezes Voyage roundtrip from Miami
● December 11, 2021: Seven-night Canary Islands Intensive Voyage roundtrip from Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
● January 27, 2022: 12-Night South Africa Intensive Voyage roundtrip from Cape Town, South Africa
Good to know: This Black Friday sale is only available in North America and does not apply to guaranteed staterooms. To book, visit Amazara.com; no promo code needed. Bookings must be made by December 3, 2021, to qualify for this deal.
The deal: American Queen Voyages is offering up to 45% off regular fares per stateroom on select 2022 sailings, including a few inaugural expedition sailings traveling to Alaska and Canada, and Mexico's Yucatan. American Queen Voyages encompasses American river, ocean and expedition sailings, giving Black Friday deal shoppers even more sailing options from which to choose. (American Queen Voyages is the company formerly called American Queen Steamboat Company, which also included Victory Cruise Line.)
Eligible voyages: Black Friday savings are available on select 2022 expedition sailings aboard the Ocean Victory, Southern Coastal Charm roundtrip voyages from Amelia Island, and the Splendor of the Great Lakes sailings from Toronto to Chicago, among others. Here are a few examples:
● 45% off per stateroom: March 7 and June 13 sailings of American Countess; April 14 sailing of American Duchess; February 27 and March 6 sailings of American Queen
● 10-day Immersive Yucatan Exploration round trip from Cozumel to Cancun, Mexico.
● Inaugural expedition season on Ocean Victory on voyages between Vancouver, Canada and Sitka, Alaska
● 40% off per stateroom: April 18 and May 19 sailings of American Countess; May 7, 14 and 28 sailings of American Duchess: March 13, 20, 27 and April 10 sailings of American Empress; June 5 and 12 sailings of American Queen
Good to know: Bookings must be made by December 3, 2021, via a travel agent or by calling American Queen Voyages and using the code FRIDAY. Payment must be new, individual (no groups) and paid in full to be eligible for the deal.
The deal: This Black Friday deal from Variety Cruises isn't leaving anyone behind, whether you're traveling with a plus-one or solo. Passengers booked into double-occupancy cabins will receive 50% off per person, while those sailing solo won't have to pay a single supplement. Warm up, relax and immerse in the beauty and nature of Seychelles, Costa Rica and along the Panama Canal where you can hike, snorkel, swim, dive, soak up sun and indulge in local eats.
Eligible voyages: Valid for new bookings made on select 2022 Seychelles and Costa Rica, Panama and the Canal voyages.
● Eight-day Costa Rica, Panama and the Canal sailings departing January 22 and February 26.
● Eight-day Seychelles 2022 sailings departing January 1 and 22; February 26; March 5; April 9, 16 and 30; May 7 and 14; June 4 and 11; July 2.
Good to know: Additionally, Seychelles sailings departing between May and October 2022 are eligible for a 10% discount on new bookings when booked by January 31, 2022
The deal: Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is rolling out two-for-one fares, free cabin upgrades, free Wi-Fi, five free drinks, and $25 casino and spa credits on its two-night voyages between West Palm Beach, FL and Freeport, Bahamas.
Eligible voyages: Departures from November 19, 2021 through February 27, 2022.
Good to know: Offers are per cabin, and free cabin upgrades are from inside to oceanview staterooms only. Offer is valid on new bookings only.
The deal: Star Clippers is giving passengers the chance to save 15 percent off its standard cruise fares aboard its hybrid sailing-cruise ships Star Flyer and Star Legend as part of the line's Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale.
Eligible voyages: Select Caribbean, Mediterranean and Central American voyages departing through October 2023.
Good to know: Offers expire December 15, 2021. Does not include Royal Clipper sailings.