I don’t usually write about cruise lines’ sales. They seem to spring up every other day and really, by the time you read the fine print, sometimes it’s not really a sale after all.  A good travel agent can usually do as good or even better. This promo is different.

With a tight sailing window of only four months long, the discounts are deep. Here’s the info: 

Princess Cruises Ruby Princess balcony stateroomPrincess Cruises new “World of Savings” five day sale begins on April 19 and offers up to $2,000 savings on cruises to many of their most popular destinations around the globe.  If that’s not enough, Princess Cruises is also giving up to $100 in onboard credit.

On select sailings from September 2012 until January 2013, savings apply to a wide range of itineraries; to far-flung destinations like Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Sydney and Rome.  Also included are closer-to-home cruises to Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean.

In addition to fare savings, passengers booking interior or oceanview staterooms can receive an onboard credit of $25 (cruises up to 9 days) to $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), and in balcony staterooms or above can get credits of $50 (cruises up to 9 days) or $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer). All onboard credits are offered per stateroom.

Examples of the “World of Savings” deals include:

Seven-day Caribbean cruises priced from $549 for an inside cabin (was $599) and $849 for a balcony cabin (was $949).

Twelve-day Europe voyages from $1,599 for a balcony stateroom (was $2,790) and from $999 for an inside accomodation. (was $1,790).

A seven-day sailing to Alaska is as low as $999 for a  balcony (was $1,649) and $549 for an interior cabin (was $874).

Cruise Asia for sixteen-days with balconies priced from $2,499 (was $3,195)and inside cabins from $1,499 interior (was $1,995).

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy.  Keep in mind that reservations made during the sale require a non-refundable deposit.  All the more reason to make sure you purchase travel insurance, either from a third-party insurer like Travel Guard or Access America or directly from the cruise line.

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