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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

Last Minute Christmas Cruise Specials

Small ship cruise expert AdventuresSmith Explorations is offering a choice of the following Panama Canal perks on select 2017 departures booked by December 31, 2016: complimentary round-trip airfare between Miami and Costa Rica/Panama City, plus a free overnight Panama City excursion; or a $500 flight credit minus the extra day.

Also if reserved by December 31, 2016, $500 savings can be had for certain January and February dates in the Galapagos. Plus, looking farther out, if booked by January 31, 2017, 20 percent savings can be enjoyed off the Peruvian Amatista Amazon Cruise or $700 can be taken off the Tahitian Affair Cruise.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises is expanding its “Crystal Clear Choices” promo to extend to river and yacht cruises in addition to ocean cruises. Guests can choose between the following added perks: fare savings up to $1,000 per person, air credit up to $1,100 per person or a round-trip Business Class airfare add-on for $999 per person; plus up to $1,250 per person onboard credit. The bonuses are available on 60 sailings in 2017, and the luxury line says to book by February 28, 2017, for the best value.

“We continue to see the definition of ‘value’ and ‘luxury travel’ evolve to each traveler’s personal preferences, and we will always strive to accommodate and exceed each of our guest’s wishes,” says Crystal Chairman, CEO and President Edie Rodriguez. “Choice has always been a cornerstone of Crystal’s philosophy, and this program offers travelers the added luxury of more choices to create travel experiences that are meaningful for them.”


Hurtigruten is providing several deals including $500 per person off all Explorer Voyages on MS Fram, MS Midnatsol, and MS Spitsbergen between April 17, 2017, and March 13, 2018, reserved by December 31, 2016. Also, all 2017 12-day Classic Roundtrip Voyages save $250 per person through January 31, 2017.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is already anticipating Wave Season with 2 For 1 Caribbean and Europe Promo deals available now including reduced deposits plus up to $350 in added value aboard the upcoming MSC Seaside. Also, the Serving You initiative extends the opportunity for travel agents to benefit from double group amenity points on certain MSC Divina Caribbean EZ Groups or get a complimentary Florida Motor Coach to PortMiami.

MSC Seaside perks extend up to free onboard credit, free WiFi and free mealtime drinks depending on cabin category, and the 2 For 1 cruise deal tacks reduced deposits of only $49 per person onto the following example sailings:

· MSC Divina on April 29, 2017 ~ fares begin at $349 per person

· MSC Meraviglia on Nov. 5, 2017 ~ fares begin at $514 per person

P&O Cruises

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