With more cruise ships, more cruise holidays and more impressive cruise packages on offer than ever before, it feels like the Golden Age of Cruising has returned – only bigger and better. The fleet currently has five ships, the largest of which carry 600 passengers—their small size allows the vessels to dock in small ports all around the world (in Indonesia, for instance, they’re partnered with the local tourism boards in developing ports like Celukan Bawang and Probolinggo).
Also adding to the appeal: deals exclusive to Priceline, plenty of bonus amenities (examples include up to $1,000 in onboard credit, third and fourth guests sailing free, and $50 off shore excursions), no money down to book certain sailings, frequent onboard credit sales, an 800 number to call should you need assistance while booking, and a loyalty club that’s combinable with every cruise line’s loyalty program.
The legendary cruise line was established in 1840 and has had dozens of ships in its fleet, though today, there are just three active vessels: the Queen Mary 2 , the world’s only true transatlantic ocean liner, designed specifically for ocean crossings, as well as the world’s only pet-friendly ship (dogs and cats are required to stay in the kennel, a designated playroom, and a specific walking deck); the Queen Elizabeth; and the Queen Victoria.
The site doesn’t look fancy—it’s pretty bare-bones, visually—but the upside of going with a no-frills cruise-booking website is that Costco Travel offers extremely competitive prices, as well as some of the most attractive incentives, usually in the form of Costco Cash delivered to you after you get home from your cruise.
Best feature: Like some of the other cruise websites on this list, CruiseDirect offers a best price guarantee,” which means that if you find a lower price on another cruise booking website within 24 hours of your initial booking, you’ll get refunded the difference.