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September 29, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

With a whole month of cruise deals on the horizon, Australia is preparing to enter a holiday booking frenzy as part of Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) annual Plan a Cruise Month promotion.

In its second year, the global industry-wide promotion is the largest cruise sale in the world with local and international cruise lines offering a range of deals and discounts to encourage holidaymakers to make their next holiday a cruise.

Plan a Cruise Month takes place each October with CLIA offices around the world working with CLIA accredited agents and CLIA member cruise lines to promote cruise holidays.

Ensuring October is officially becoming known as ‘cruise month’ down under, the month also marks the start of the cruise season in Australia with the first international ships arriving for the summer. This season Australia will see around 60 ships cruising local waters.

CLIA Australasia & Asia Managing Director Joel Katz said, “This October’s Plan a Cruise Month is set to be bigger and better than ever with great deals available across a range of popular cruise holidays including luxury, expedition, ocean and river cruising.”

“During Plan a Cruise Month CLIA bands together with its member cruise lines and accredited agents to raise awareness of cruising and it’s also the perfect time to plan next year’s holiday and nab a bargain,” Mr Katz said.

“With nearly 1.3 million Australians taking a cruise each year, there are more and more holidaymakers discovering how fun and relaxing a holiday at sea is. It’s hard to beat the value of a cruising holiday with accommodation, transport, main meals and a range of onboard activities and entertainment included in the fare but during October, the value is even more irresistible.”

From cabin upgrades to passenger or cabin savings, examples of special cruise deals this October include:

  • An exclusive deal only accessible to CLIA travel agents, Uniworld is offering a stateroom upgrade on any 2018 voyage in Europe, India, Vietnam & Cambodia booked between October 8-14, 2017
  • Princess Cruises is offering savings of up to $2100 per stateroom on select cruises across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Japan, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
  • MSC is offering 50 per cent off for the second passenger on select departures in the Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and repositioning cruises.
  • Crystal is offering savings up to US$1000 per stateroom on select departures in 2017-18 including its river, ocean and yacht itineraries.

“With industry research finding that more than eight out of ten travellers use a travel agent to plan and book a cruise holiday, using a CLIA accredited travel agent during Plan a Cruise Month is the best way to book a cruise,” Mr Katz added.

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