U.K. Black Friday Cruise Deals 2017

November 20, 2017
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Black Friday, the biggest U.S. shopping day of the year, has gathered pace in the U.K. in recent years. It's always the day after Thanksgiving in America and takes its name from the fact that stores traditionally go into the black as shoppers snap up bargains.

Some river and ocean cruise lines have also taken up the trend, with flash sales on November 24. So instead of heading to the high street, why not bag a cruise bargain instead? Here's a roundup of what's on offer, and we'll add other deals that are released in the run up to this Friday.

European Waterways Offers 30 Percent Savings on Hotel Barges

What it is: Savings of up to £11,700 on six-night whole-boat charters on the 12-passenger luxury barges La Belle Epoque, L'Impressionniste and Spirit of Scotland.

Eligible voyages include: Burgundy cruises departing April 8 and 22, 2018, and Scottish cruise departing April 15, 2018.

Valid: Bookings between November 24 and 30, 2017

More info: https://www.europeanwaterways.com/

2018 Preview Flash Sale With Voyages to Antiquity

What it is: Guaranteed lowest price deals on cultural 10- and 12-night SailAway cruises with expert onboard speakers in the Mediterranean and Adriatic.

Eligible voyages include: Ancient Greece & the Dalmatian Coast sailing departing May 8, 2018; Classical Italy & the Adriatic sailing departing May 18, 2018; European Connoisseur sailing departing June 11, 2018.

Valid: Bookings between November 24 and December 1, 2017

More info: https://www.voyagestoantiquity.com/blackfriday/

Reduced Airfares & Free Shore Excursions With Silversea

What it is: A free shore excursion in every port of call and £999 business class or £299 economy class return flights with the ultra-luxury line Silversea.

Eligible voyages include: Selected Caribbean voyages in 2018, including six-night sailing from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale departing March 30, 2018.

Valid: Bookings between November 24 and 30, 2017

More info: https://www.silversea.com/

Prepaid Gratuities & Onboard Credit With Holland America Line

What it is: Holland America Line is offering passengers prepaid gratuities worth $13.50 per person, per day, plus a $25 beverage card.

Eligible voyages include: All sailings, except Grand Voyage itineraries, to destinations including Europe, Alaska and Cuba.

Valid: Bookings between November 23 and 28, 2017

More info: https://www.hollandamerica.com/

Second Passenger Only Pays Taxes on Azamara

What it is: Book a Club Oceanview stateroom on European sailings, and the second passenger only pays taxes.

Eligible voyages include: Twenty-four itineraries, including nine-night Barcelona to Lisbon Tapas, Wine and Golf cruise departing May 29, 2018, and 12-night Greenwich to Stockholm Baltic Adventure & World Cup sailing departing June 17, 2018.

Valid: Bookings between 24 to 28 September

More info: https://www.azamaraclubcruises.co.uk/

Savings on Titan River & Barge Cruises in Holland, Germany, France & Portugal

What it is: Save up to £400pp on European sailings that include flights, shore excursions and Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service.

Eligible voyages include: Seven-night Amsterdam to Cologne cruise departing September 1, 2018; six-night Burgundy barge cruise and seven-night Douro cruise both departing October 11, 2018.

Valid: November 24 to 28, 2017

More info: www.titantravel.co.uk

Free Onboard Credit on MSC Cruises

What it is: Complimentary £100 per person in onboard credit on sailings booked through Cruise 1st.

Eligible voyages include: 14-night Havana and Caribbean cruise on MSC Fantastica departing January 2, 2018; seven-night Emirates cruise on MSC Splendida departing January 13, 2018.

Valid: Now until November 30, 2017

More info: https://www.cruise1st.co.uk/

Cut Price Cuba Sailings With Celestyal Cruises

What it is: Save £300 per person on a Cuba sailing abard Celestyal Crystal taking in six destinations with a choice of 28 excursions.

Eligible voyages include: Six-night Havana roundtrip cruises departing November 27 and December 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017; January 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2018.

Valid: Now until sailing

More info: http://www.celestyalcruises.uk/en-uk

Savings With Princess Cruises' 4-Day Sale

What it is: Seven-night sailings from £499 per person and savings on three- to 14-night itineraries with Princess Cruises.

Eligible voyages include: 12 Mediterranean and European cruises departing May to October 2018.

Valid: Bookings between November 24 and 27, 2017

More info: https://www.princess.com/

Fare Savings, Onboard Credit & Free Gratuities With Royal Caribbean

What it is: Up to $1,000 per person onboard credit and 25 percent off cruises on Symphony of the Seas -- the world’s largest cruise ship launching in April 2018 -- and the newly refurbished Independence of the Seas, plus free gratuities on Independence of the Seas.

Eligible voyages include: Selected sailings in 2018.

Valid: Bookings between November 24 and 27, 2017

More info: https://www.royalcaribbean.co.uk/

Cut-Price Cruises With CroisiEurope

What it is: Save £176 per person on CroisiEurope sailings in Asia and Europe.

Eligible voyages include: 11-day Mekong cruise departing December 27, 2017, and eight-day Loire cruise departing May 7, 2018.

Valid: Now until sailing

More info: http://www.croisieurope.co.uk/