Cruise holidays offer fantastic value for money, with all main meals included, world class entertainment and a huge array of accommodation options to suit.
How to avoid Rookie mistakes for first time cruisers!
When it comes to cruise holidays we all want the best deal, but sometimes you need to look beyond the “price point” to understand the best offer.
Compare the fares, before you jump in for the cheapest cruise offer
Not all cruise fares are created equal! There is a world of choice, which allows you to design the best cruise offer to suit your holiday style.
Today we take a look at Best Price vs Best Value on four of the most popular cruise lines offering Cruises direct from Auckland. Use this easy guide to help you find the best deal to suit your own personal style.
Pacific Explorer round trip cruises from Auckland to the South Pacific and around New Zealand. Cruise options from 3 to 14 nights.
GO Fares & Flash Sale Fares – The lowest price fares, they usually come with higher non refundable deposits and the cruise line usually choose the location of your room. These lower fares are never usually combinable with any current promotional offers or extra perks.
Value Fares – Not usually that much more expensive and will include the current promotion. PLUS you usually get to choose your specific room location and number. These are the best option if travelling with friends and family so you can secure rooms close to each other.
Value Plus Fares – Fully loaded with offers… You will get the current promotional offer, PLUS Drinks package and Wifi Package. If you book early you will also get VIP priority for embarkation, ships tenders etc
You can also select your specific room numbers which is ideal when travelling with friends and family. These are the best option if travelling for a special occasion, or if you usually end up buying drinks & wifi packages on board and are the most flexible.
HOOT Cruises also have a large number of select P&O cruises from Auckland, where you will receive a Bonus OnBoard credit per room when booking a Value or Value Plus Fare on cruises over 7 nights.
Royal Princess, Emerald Princess, Coral Princess & Sapphire Princess. One way cruises from Auckland to Australia, the South Pacific & round the world cruises.
Princess Saver Fares – Great Value fares for those just looking for a great offer. HOOT cruises onboard credit per room is also included on select sailings
Princess Plus Fares – If you like the odd drink and want to stay in touch with the family back home during your holiday, then Princess Saver Plus fares are by far the best value. The Premier Beverage package is included, valued at $86.99 per day. Unlimited Wifi is also included (valued at $15.99pp per day) and PrincessCONNECT enabled ships, 5,000 minute package on ships with Minute-based Connectivity (valued at $29.99 pp per day)
If you will take advantage of the Premier Beverage Package and Wifi and the fare difference is less than $103 per day, you will be saving money by booking the Princess Plus fare
HOOT Cruises have a large number of select Princess cruises worldwide, where you will receive a Bonus OnBoard credit per room when purchasing Princess Saver or Princess Plus fares.
Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Eclipse. One way cruises from Auckland to Australia and once a year round trip cruises to the South Pacific.
Celebrity Cruises “Sail Your Way” fare structure allows you to choose the cruise inclusions that suit your holiday style. Or simply choose a low fare and pay as you go on board
Sail – Lowest available fare at time of booking with non refundable deposit
Sail Plus – Your choice of Two Perks Included. Select a refundable or non-refundable deposit.
Sail All Included – Your choice of Four perks included. Select a refundable or non-refundable deposit.
Your choice of perks includes: Classic Beverage Package, Unlimited Wifi, US$150 OnBoard Credit ,or Additional US$150 OnBoard credit.
Note: Celebrity Cruises Non refundable deposit options offer lower fares. If you choose the non refundable deposit option, Any changes you wish to make to your cruise, or promotion after booking, will mean you lose the deposit
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Spirit one way New Zealand coastal voyages from Auckland to Australia ranging from 10 – 12 nights.
Sailaway Savers – These great value low price fares allow you to choose the category, but not the exact location of your room. Note that some Oceanview and Balcony rooms on this promo may have obstructed views.
Always compare with the latest Free at Sea offer, as if you enjoy things like a drinks package, then the Free at Sea could be much better value
Free at Sea – This is our favourite year round Norwegian promotion as it totally allows you to tailor make your cruise to suit your own holiday style.
Free at Sea includes additional perks as you go higher up the cabin grades, up to five free perks applicable to suites. Occasionally Norwegian offer short life promotions where you can secure additional “Free at Sea” perks at time of booking.
Your choice of Free at Sea perks includes: Beverage Package, Wifi Package, Specialty Restaurant Dining Package, US$50 Shore Excursion credit per port, or 3rd & 4th traveller free or at reduced rate when sharing a Quad cabin.
Past Guest Additional Perks:
The majority of cruise lines, the noticeable exclusion being P&O Australia, offer frequent guest programmes. Membership can earn additional rewards the more you sail with them. Always advise your past passenger number when asking for pricing, as this can make a big difference to your cruise inclusions and/or pricing.
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