Cruise deals galore: Why this year could be the year to spend the winter holidays on a ship

As cruise lines continue to slash fares to boost bookings, the holidays could be a great time to sail, with deals on upcoming 2022 voyages everywhere you look – some as low as $50 per person per night.

Travel demand is swelling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning air fares have soared, as have prices for land-based hotels, resorts and all-inclusive packages. This means that, with cruise prices remaining low, a vacation at sea could offer some of the best value for money if you want to hit the road for the holidays.

Whether you’re planning to spend them with your significant other, a group of friends, or your whole extended family, you better not check out some of these amazing last-minute cruise deals we’ve spotted for cruises over Thanksgiving. , Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year.

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Examples of cruises

A Royal Caribbean ship docked at the line’s private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay. ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Here are some sample fares I see at three popular cruise destinations during the holidays.


  • Thanksgiving: 5-night Carnival Sunrise sailing, round-trip from Miami Nov. 23, from $479 pp ($96 per night).
  • Christmas/Hanukkah: 3-night Norwegian Sky sailing, round-trip from Miami on December 23, from $279 pp ($93 per night).
  • New years: 8-night Norwegian Getaway sailing, round-trip from New York on December 31, from $629 pp ($79 per night).


  • Thanksgiving: 9-night Celebrity Infinity Sailing, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale Nov. 19, from $599 pp ($67 per night).
  • Christmas/Hanukkah: 16-night sailing to Zaandam (Holland America), round trip from Fort Lauderdale on December 20, from $1,049 per person ($66 per night).
  • New years: 7 night sailing Radiance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), round trip from New Orleans on December 31, from $571 pp ($82 per night).


  • Thanksgiving: 15-night Regal Princess sailing from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Fort Lauderdale on November 17, from $857 pp ($57 per night).
  • Christmas/Hanukkah: 5-night sailing on MSC Magnifica, round-trip from Marseille on December 22, from $299 pp ($60 per night).
  • New years: 4-night sailing on MSC Poesia from Genoa to Rome (Civitavecchia) on December 31, from $243 pp ($61 per night).

The fine print


There are, however, a few caveats. Prices shown are for the most basic windowless cabins as advertised on These are also double occupancy rates, meaning they are per person, not per sailing. Cruise passengers traveling alone must pay both fares if staying alone in accommodations intended for two people. (Some cruise lines offer solo cabins.)

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Also, taxes and port fees are usually not included in the rates you initially see. Pre-cruise airfare and hotels can also add to the overall cost of your trip. Look for crossings from a port where you can drive to if you’re cruising on a budget.

At the end of the line

While cruise prices for holiday weeks aren’t as low as we’ve seen for non-holiday weeks this fall – think Carnival fares at $26 a day and Royal Caribbean cruises for less than $100 – they are still affordable, offering a much more economical choice than land vacations. (While the prices above are very low, anything under $1,000 per person per trip is still a bargain for holiday cruises.) Plus, you can see multiple locations in one trip.

Not quite ready to sail yet? There are more great deals to be had for cruises in 2023 and beyond with this year’s Black Friday cruise deals. Check out the first deals from major cruise lines offering fare discounts and extra perks like free airfare, Wi-Fi, liquor packages and more.

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