Cruise Deals: Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean

Cruise lines welcome children aboard for free, reward families with a gift card and free airfare, and offer reduced prices.

Kids Sail Free on the Regent Seven Seas and MSC Cruises

Through the end of the year, kids can sail free aboard the Regent Seven Seas, which cruises to Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean. In addition, the cruise company has reduced rates on the Seven Seas Mariner to the Caribbean, Mexico and the Panama Canal from $11,995 per guest for 16 nights to $6,995 for this promotion. Activities include whale watching and port tours. Children 17 and younger must travel in the third or fourth berth and rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Book the offer online at or call 877-505-5370.

For the rest of 2008, MSC Cruises also offers free sailing for kids 17 and under when they share a room with two adults paying full fare. Caribbean cruise rates begin at $449 per person and European cruise rates begin at $599 per person (each with double occupancy). Ships have a multitude of activities for children—from kids’ clubs to game rooms to special pool areas—so kids and adults alike can find plenty to do on a family cruise together. Book your cruise at or call 800-666-9333. 

Free Airfare from Oceania

Spend the holidays aboard an Oceania cruise to the Caribbean. Its mid-sized Caribbean Pearls Regatta ship sets sail Dec. 21 and stops in Miami, St. Lucia, St. Barths and other destinations. The 12-night cruise starts at $2,499 per person, including air travel, but does not include taxes and surcharges. The free airfare promotion also applies to the Amazon Adventure ship, which sails Nov. 25 for 26 days. Prices for that ship start at $4,799 per person, including air travel. Book by the end of August to take advantage of Oceania’s cruise sale at or call 800-531-5619.

MasterCard Gift Card Reward Aboard Carnival Cruise Lines

Through the end of the year, book a trip aboard a Carnival Cruise and receive a MasterCard gift card worth up to $500. Gift card rewards increase with the price of the stateroom, port charges and government fees for the first two passengers; cabin prices from $500 to $1,000 amount to a $25 gift card. Book your trip at least four weeks before departure and receive an onboard savings booklet worth $150. Book this deal at or call 800-300-4804.

Cruise Discounts and Free Upgrades With Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises' Mediterranean Summer Sale includes discounts of more than $700 and free upgrades for cruises from Athens to Monte Carlo and Rome. The 12-day sailings include free upgrades to verandah staterooms. Both cruises have been reduced to $4,995 from $5,740 per person.

The Crystal Serenity cruise to Monte Carlo departs July 19 and includes port stops at Mykonos, Greece and Portofino, Italy. The Crystal Serenity then sets sail for Rome on Aug. 24 and features the Crystal Wine & Food Festival, complete with cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. Port stops include Corfu, Greece and Sorrento, Italy. Call 888-722-0021 or visit

Destinations: Alaska, Miami, Saint Lucia, Mexico, Rome, Caribbean, Saint-Barthélemy

Themes: Family Travel, Cruises