Best Fall Cruise Deals 2017

September 20, 2017
Autumn deals

With peak family travel season coming to an end and the end of the year approaching, fall is a fantastic time to find a cruise bargain. Both deals on last-minute sailings as well as early-booking incentives for next year's cruises, are cropping up, and we've collected all the current cruise promos – including ocean and river sailings -- for your bargain-hunting pleasure.

Check back often -- we'll be updating these deals on a continual basis in the coming months.

Ocean Cruise Autumn Deals
River Cruise Autumn Deals

Ocean Cruise Fall Deals

Half-Off Second Passenger with Royal Caribbean International

What it is: Royal Caribbean is offering 50 percent off cruise fares for the second passenger sharing a cabin on select sailings in 2017 and 2018. Third and fourth passengers will get a 25 percent discount.

Eligible voyages include: Select cruises of three nights or longer departing in 2017 and 2018.

Valid: Available through September 30, 2017.

Cruise Viking Ocean with 2-for-1 Cruise & Air Bonus

What it is: Viking Ocean Cruises invites you to sail Scandinavia and the British Isles, ports throughout Spain, France and Italy, as well as the Caribbean at reduced rates. Cruise fares have been reduced by 50 percent and passengers will get $500 off airfare per person.

Eligible voyages include: A selection of 2017 and 2018 dates for the Into the Midnight Sun, Iconic Western Mediterranean and West Indies Explorer itineraries.

Valid: Available through September 30, 2017.

Please note: This two-for-one offer is not available to non-U.S residents.

2-For-1 Fares, Bonus Offers & Discounted Flight Upgrades from Oceania Cruises

What it is: For as little as $149 extra, book a premium economy seat. The flight upgrade promotion is offered to passengers in all stateroom categories. Carriers might include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Scandinavian Airlines, Air Canada or Icelandair. Additionally, Oceania is offering two-for-one cruise fares on select voyages and a variety of bonus offers including free Wi-Fi and passenger's choice of either free shore excursions, free house beverage package or onboard credit.

Eligible voyages include: Various 2018 sailings.

Valid: Airfare offer is valid until September 30, 2017. Two-for-one fares and bonus offers are valid until October 1, 2017.

Crystal Cruises Gives You a Choice

What it is: When you book a Crystal cruise -- ocean or river -- choose from three perks: up to $400 per person in cruise fare savings, an air credit of up to $500 per person with add-ons available, or up to $600 in onboard credit per person.

Eligible voyages include: Various 2017 and 2018 ocean and river itineraries.

Valid: Through September 30, 2017

Hurtigruten Offers Early-Booking Savings

What it is: Book your 2018/2019 Antarctica, South merica or Canada/New England sailing with expedition cruise line Hurtigruten, and save up to $500 per person on select itineraries.

Eligible voyages include: Select sailings from March 25, 2018 through April 3, 2019.

Valid: Through September 30, 2017

Free at Sea Choice Perks on Norwegian Cruise Line

What it is: Receive a variety of perks, including onboard credit amounts based on cabin category, when you book your Norwegian cruise. Studio and inside cabins receive one perk, ocean-view through mini-suite passengers receive two perks, and Haven and suite passengers receive all five offers. Perks include free Ultimate Beverage Package, a free specialty dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per cabin, 250 minutes of free Wi-Fi or including free unlimited open bar, a free specialty dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free Wi-Fi, or on select cruises, third and fourth passengers sail free.

Eligible voyages include: A selection of sailings three nights or longer. Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Sun and Pride of America sailings are not eligible for this offer.

Valid: Extended through October 2, 2017.

Bonus Offers & Reduced Fares with Celebrity Cruises

What it is: Book almost any Celebrity Cruises sailing and the first two passengers in each cabin will get to choose two of the following bonus offers: free Classic Beverage Package, free prepaid gratuities, free unlimited Wi-Fi or $150 in onboard credit. Passengers who book suite accommodations will get all four offers and an upgrade to the Premium Beverage Package. Third and fourth passengers in balcony higher category cabins will receive half-off cruise fares.

Eligible voyages include: Most sailings departing between October 2017 and April 2019.

Valid: Available through October 2, 2017

Hundreds in Onboard Credit with Costa Cruises

What it is: Receive 500 Euro in onboard credit per cabin when you book a 2018 sailing this fall, regardless of cabin category. Itineraries departing from Buenos Aires, Santos and Fort Lauderdale and transatlantics from Port Everglades to Venice, will receive $500 in onboard credit per cabin, regardless of cabin category. Onboard credit can be used toward a wide range of experiences including shore excursions, specialty dining, Wi-Fi packages, spa treatments, beverage packages and more.

Eligible voyages include: Select 2018 sailings.

Valid: Available through October 23, 2017.

Two-for-One Fares, Bonus Offers & Onboard Credit with MSC Cruises

What it is: MSC Cruises is offering two-for-one cruise fares on upcoming Caribbean sailings. Additionally, passengers booked in inside, outside or balcony cabins, will receive $50 in onboard credit. Outside cabin bookings will also get a free Wi-Fi package and balcony cabin bookings will get all of the above, plus a free beverage package. Passengers booked in Aurea and MSC Yacht Club suites, will receive $150 in onboard credit and a free Wi-Fi package (unlimited drinks are always included in these cabins).

Eligible voyages include: Select seven-night Caribbean sailings aboard MSC Seaside and MSC Divina.

Valid: Available through October 31, 2017.

Save 10% on Early Bookings with Silversea Cruises

What it is: Book your select Silversea cruise by the end of October and save 10 percent on the total price.

Eligible voyages include: Select voyages departing after March 2018, excluding full world cruises.

Valid: Available through October 31, 2017.

Fly Free to Antarctica with Hurtigruten

What it is: Book a once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise to Antarctica with Hurtigruten, and receive free round-trip airfare from select gateways to Santiago de Chile. One departure includes special guest lecturer Dr. Kathy Sullivan, a former astronaut.

Eligible voyages include: The November 9, November 25 and December 11, 2018 departures of the Roald Amundsen cruise ship.

Valid: Until October 31, 2017

Princess Offers Cabin Upgrades, Free Gratuities & Onboard Credit

What it is: Book your Princess cruise this fall, and you'll get a complimentary cabin location upgrade, free gratuities worth $15.50 per person per day and up to $150 in onboard credit per passenger, depending on length of cruise.

Eligible voyages include: Select cruises and cruisetours of six nights or longer, departing between Summer 2018 and Spring 2019.

Valid: Available through November 16, 2017.

Holland America Brings Back Explore4 Offer

What it is: Book a Holland America cruise included in the Explore4 offer and receive a beverage package, one Pinnacle Grill dinner per person, free or reduced fares for third and fourth passengers to a cabin and reduced deposits.

Eligible voyages include: About 600 select 2018 and 2019 sailings including Alaska, Europe, Panama Canal and many more destinations.

Valid: Through November 17, 2017

Early Booking Bonuses & Double Cabin Upgrades with Azamara Club Cruises

What it is: When you use promo code "EARLY BONUS" to book select 2019 sailings with Azamara Club Cruises, you'll get up to $1000 in onboard credit per suite or up to $500 in onboard credit per cabin. Azamara is also offering complimentary two-category cabin upgrades--from a Club Interior cabin to a Club Veranda cabin. That means, passengers will pay for an inside cabin, but get to sail in a balcony cabin at no extra charge.

Eligible voyages include: Onboard credit offer is for 2019 sailings booked at least 365 days in advance. Cabin upgrade offer is for select cruises departing on or after April 20, 2018.

Valid: Onboard credit offer is valid up to 365 days prior to departure and upgrade offer is valid for bookings made through November 30, 2017.

Cunard Line Offers Discounted Deposits & Bonus Offers

What it is: Book select 2018 sailings, and you can book your cruise with just a $150 deposit per person, get a complimentary cabin upgrade for the first and second passengers in a cabin and get free prepaid gratuities for the first and second passengers in a cabin. Book a Grill Suite cabin on your next Cunard cruise and get any drink valued at $12 or less free of charge for the duration of the cruise.

Eligible voyages include: Select 2018 sailings.

Valid: Available through November 30, 2017

Free Airfare & Other Bonus Offers with Lindblad Expeditions

What it is: When you book select itineraries with Lindblad Expeditions, you'll get free one-way or roundtrip airfare, depending on the itinerary and/or be elibigle to receive a number of other bonus offers, including free prepaid gratuities and complimentary drinks. Cruises in a variety of destinations, including Alaska, South America, Antarctica, Europe, California, Canada and both transatlantic and Panama Canal crossings are eligible.

Eligible voyages include: Select 2017 and 2018 sailings, subject to availability.

Valid: Extended through December 31, 2017

All-Inclusive Tahiti Vacations from $3,999 on Windstar Cruises

What it is: Book a Tahiti cruise on Windstar and for the price, starting from just $3,499 per person, you get a weeklong cruise, roundtrip air from LAX, an overnight hotel stay in Papeete before and after your cruise and all transfers.

Eligible voyages include: See all the Society Islands on a variety of Tahiti itineraries ranging from seven to 11 days.

Valid: Ongoing promotion

River Cruise Fall Deals

Viking River Offers 2-for-1 Cruise Fare + Free Air

What it is: Depending on itinerary, enjoy reduced cruise fare plus airfare that's either reduced or included when you book your 2018 Viking river cruise.

Eligible voyages include: 2018 Danube Waltz (up to free air), free air with 2018 Grand European Tour itineraries, and reduced air on Rhine Getaways for next year.

Valid: Extended through September 30, 2017

Please note: This two-for-one offer is not available to non-U.S residents.

Early-Booking Savings on Crystal River Cruises

What it is: Save $1,000 per suite when you book your 2018 Crystal river cruise before the end of September. Crystal sailings are inclusive of gratuities, butler service, beverages, bicycles and most shore excursions.

Eligible voyages include: All 2018 Crystal River voyages

Valid: Through September 30, 2017

Uniworld Offers 10% Early-Booking Savings

What it is: Book a 2018 Uniworld cruise by the end of September for 10 percent savings on exotic river sailings to India, Russia, Egypt, Asia or Europe.

Eligible voyages include: A variety of 2018 sailings throughout Europe, India, Russia, Southeast Asia and along the Nile.

Valid: Through September 30, 2017

Save 30% on Select 2017 Europe River Cruises with Avalon

What it is: Avalon is discounting a selection of 2017 Europe river itineraries by 30 percent.

Eligible voyages include: Three different Europe itineraries spanning 15 or 21 days, across a variety of dates. Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, Budapest to Amsterdam, or Budapest to London.

Valid: Extended through October 17, 2017

Kids Sail Free on CroisiEurope + Second Cabin

What it is: CroisiEurope's new Family Club sailings allow children under 16 to cruise for free or at a discount and includes a second cabin so that families can have their space onboard. Children can expect to participate in supervised water games, activities and the cruise's closing show.

Eligible voyages include: Family Club sailings are currently available across a number of dates on Croisi's most popular itineraries: Andalusia Traditions; Venice and Its Lagoon; Porto, the Douro Valley & Salamanca; and 30 percent off kids fares for the Croatia & Montenegro cruise.

Valid: This is an ongoing promotion.

Free Pre-Cruise Hotel + Transfers with American Cruise Lines

What it is: Book a Mississippi River or Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise with American Cruise Lines and get a free pre-cruise hotel stay in the port of embarkation with complimentary transfers to the ship.

Eligible voyages include: Various 2017 and 2018 dates.

Valid: Ongoing promotion

--By Shayne Thompson, Cruise Critic contributor