Anniversaries and loyalty programmes: Cruise through your holidays with the best offers around
The sound of waves lapping against the ship, the sunny decks waiting to be conquered by your tan and the smooth notes emanating from the jazz lounge - a cruise lets you relax in a space where you can leave your brain at home.
If you haven't yet, now's the time to start booking for the 2019/2020 cruise season, whether you want to hop on short cruises to Mozambique or fly to Europe for a Mediterranean adventure. Even if you don't have the cash yet, many cruise liners have a minimum deposit you can pay to secure the booking, giving you ample time to save up before you head on your holiday.
And if you're still deciding which cruise liner is right for you, here are a few new things happening with some of the top pleasure vendors in the world.
Regular cruiser from South Africa's shores? Then you should have a look at MSC Cruises' Voyagers Club loyalty programme that just got injected with more discounts and benefits.
When you join after your first cruise, you'll get discounts on your next cruises which increase the more you book a trip with MSC.
Depending on your points, you will gain different status levels that offer more deals the higher you get. Ending at Black (which will become Diamond from September 2019), you can get free extras like Prosecco and strawberries in your room, a chocolate ship model and a free dance class.
And if you want to reach the Black status as fast as possible, booking a World Cruise will triple your points and membership will automatically be extended for three years.
Luxury cruise liners Crystal Cruises is celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2020, and their inviting everyone to join in on the celebrations.
They are offering discounts, commemorative gifts and special events on 30 selected cruises as part of their 30th Anniversary Collection and bookings for this needs to be made by 30 June 2019.
The collection features sailings around the globe ranging from seven to 16 nights and include the Mexican Riviera, Mediterranean, Middle East and India, Seychelles, South Pacific and Northern Europe.
If you want to cruise into the future, Princess Cruises is rolling out new high-tech wearable devices - called Ocean Medallion - that will track you throughout the ship.
Linked with your phone, you can use it to order drinks anywhere and it will be delivered to your exact location, keep track of where your kids are and enter your room without a key card.
Viking Ocean Cruise
You can explore the skies with their new Viking Orion - this cruise ship has a state-of-the-art high-tech planetarium onboard called The Explorer's Dome. Launched last year, it hosts panoramic films about space and is considered the highest definition planetarium to ever sail the seas.
Viking Orion's itinerary crisscrosses across the world and does long one-month expeditions.
Norwegian Cruise Line
How about a colder cruise experience to Alaska? The Norwegian Cruise Line has a Take 5 Free offer, where you can get a free beverage package, shore excursion credit, speciality dining package, WiFi and reduced rates for extra guests.
The offer is on until 31 May on selected cruises from September 2019.
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