Love to Cruise? Several Lines Offering Valentine's Day Deals

February 13, 2012
(4:10 EDT) -- If you're planning on making a last-minute call to FTD to order some overpriced roses for Valentine's Day, you might want to consider booking your loved one on a cruise. While it's clear that Valentine's Day deals are often marketing ploys by the cruise lines to beef up bookings for destinations that are selling slowly, who cares? A romantic vacation in Europe, Bermuda or the South Pacific will make a bigger impression than just about any gift … well, other than a diamond ring.

One tip: You must book soon to take advantage of the following Valentine's Day sales:

Azamara: Book an outside or higher-category cabin on select Europe cruises departing between August 1 and December 2, 2012, and you'll receive up to $500 per cabin in onboard credit, a box of chocolate-covered strawberries, dinner for two in an onboard specialty restaurant, a ChoiceAir credit of $2,000 per couple and an upgrade from an outside to a balcony cabin. Don't forget that Azamara fares always include gratuities, bottled water, soft drinks and wine with lunch and dinner, self-service laundry, shuttles into town (where available) and 50 percent off shore excursions booked online in advance. Prices start from $1,699 per person for an outside cabin. This offer is valid for booking through February 17. Click here for more information.

Paul Gauguin Cruises: Book any weeklong Tahiti cruise, departing in 2012, on Paul Gauguin and receive a gift package valued at $230. The perks include $100 per person in onboard cabin credit to use at the Deep Nature Spa, a box of Leonidas chocolates and flower turndown service for the first night of the cruise. This luxury sailing in the South Pacific includes overnights onboard in Bora Bora and Moorea. Prices start from $4,297 per person for an outside cabin. This offer is valid for bookings through February 18, 2012. Click here for more information.

Princess: Book select 2012 Europe sailings and receive discounted fares (up to two fares for the price of one), as well as up to $100 in onboard cabin credit. Prices start from $699 per person for an inside cabin. This offer is valid for bookings through February 20, 2012. Click here for more information.

Royal Caribbean: Royal Caribbean is offering a free romance package when you book any Europe cruise or a six-night or longer Bermuda cruise, departing between March 15 and December 31, 2012. The package includes a complimentary chilled bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries and a half-dozen roses. Prices for inside cabins start from $499 per person for Bermuda itineraries and from $299 per person for Europe sailings. The offer is valid through February 29, 2012. Click here for more information.

For all deals, fares are per person, based on double occupancy. Government taxes and fees may be additional. Prices and offers are subject to availability and may change or be withdrawn at any time. Further restrictions may apply.

--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor