From elegant dining, exceptional accommodations, and quality service, luxury cruises provide guests with one-of-a-kind experiences. The only caveat: they can cost a pretty penny.
Thankfully, we’re still in wave season (which wraps up at the end of the month), and many cruise lines — including luxury ones — are still rolling out exclusive deals and promotions to entice travelers. To save you the time and effort of scouring the web, we did the research and narrowed down our top five value-packed luxury cruises, all under $1,000 per person (Note: cruise prices change frequently, so act fast to score these deals).
Why it’s great: Your itinerary begins in in Hamburg, Germany, where you'll board on the iconic Queen Victoria. Then, you'll spend two serene days at sea before arriving in Belgium, where you can explore the cities of Bruges and Brussels and sample fine cuisine, explore the cities' rich history, and take in the stunning surroundings. Afterwards, you'll sail off the Southampton, England to disembark. However, before you leave the ship for good, take advantage of your time on board. Be sure to stop by the on board for live performances (think musicals, magic shows, plays, and more), which make for the perfect post-dinner activity. All in all, this unique itinerary is not one to miss out on — especially at this affordable price.
Price: Interior stateroom from $937 per person
Sail Date: March 30, 2019
Why it’s great: This six-night itinerary, which sails round-trip from Miami, calls on Cozumel, Mexico; Roatán, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya; Mexico. As you make your way through the idyllic islands of the Caribbean and Central America, you’ll sail aboard the 1,250-passenger Riviera. On board, expect jaw-dropping dining rooms, live music, afternoon tea, the famed Canyon Ranch spa, and a grandiose library — among many other luxurious amenities.
Price: Interior staterooms from $999 per person
Sail Date: December 15, 2019
Why it’s great: An ideal long-weekend escape, Azamara’s three-night weekend voyage sails round-trip from Venice and makes stops in Opatija, Croatia; and Koper, Slovenia: two perfectly charming and romantic coastal towns perfect for exploring. You’ll cruise on board the mid-size Azamara Pursuit, which offers modern amenities and spacious accommodations. Added bonus: If you book before the end of the month, receive a 50 percent discount on your second guest’s cruise fare, along with free wifi (which can cost up to hundreds of extra dollars).
Price: Interior staterooms from $899 per person
Sail Date: June 7, 2019
Why it’s great: Embark in Cologne aboard a Rhine River cruise and experience the magical holiday markets and enchanting small towns that make up this picture-perfect region of Germany. Along the way, you’ll also stop in historic Bonn, where you can sip on Glühwein (mulled wine). After taking in the winter wonderland-esque scenery, you’ll head back to Cologne to disembark. While you're there, be sure to shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs at one of the city’s seven extraordinary holiday markets.
Price: Lower deck staterooms from $899 per person
Sail Date: December 18, 2019
Why it’s great: In need of a quick and affordable getaway, but don’t want to sacrifice luxe accommodations and amenities? Consider the two-night Alesund to Copenhagen itinerary on board Le Bollet. Since you’ll be cruising the entire time (there are no port stops on this short itinerary), take advantage of all the amenities the ship has to offer, such as the spa, pool, and fitness center, among others. Also, be sure to stop by the upper deck, which offers panoramic views of the open ocean (and makes for the perfect spot to relax and unwind).
Price: Balcony staterooms from $840 per person
Sail Date: April 15, 2019