Cruise lines are offering all types of incentives from free airfare to free beverage packages to attract new passengers.
However, sister cruise lines Regent and Oceania are the first to offer free unlimited internet that I know of. (At least, on somewhat larger ships. There are many small ships, river cruisers and barges that include free internet.)
But on most ships, internet access is charged by the minute and is extremely expensive. It is one of the biggest complaints that I hear from frequent cruisers is about the cost of internet/cell phone data access.
So this week Regent offered this special: Guests who book any one of the 15 eligible Europe 2013 voyages will receive free unlimited Internet, a $300 per suite shipboard credit and Business Class Air upgrades from $699. The cruises must be booked by the end of May. Use promotion code EUROPE2013.
Seven Seas Mariner
July 8: Aegean Allure, Athens to Istanbul, 10 Nights
August 12: Jewels of Italy, Venice to Barcelona, 10 Nights
August 22: Baroque Bliss, Barcelona to Rome, 7 Nights
August 29: Venetian Dreams, Rome to Venice, 10 Nights
September 8: Adriatic Escape, Venice to Monte Carlo, 10 Nights
September 18: Mediterranean Overture, Monte Carlo to Athens, 7 Nights
October 17: Italian Interlude, Rome to Monte Carlo, 7 Nights
October 24: Princes & Patricians, Monte Carlo to Venice, 7 Nights
November 10: Passage to Iberia, Rome to Barcelona, 10 Nights
November 20: South Atlantic Sojourn, Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro, 18 Nights
Seven Seas Voyager
August 14: Imperial Visions, Copenhagen to Stockholm, 7 Nights
September 26: Classical Visions, Barcelona to Rome, 10 Nights
October 6: Mediterranean Melody, Rome to Monte Carlo, 7 Nights
October 23: Lands of Myths, Seas of Fables, Rome to Venice, 10 Nights
November 12: Red Sea Odyssey, Istanbul to Dubai, 21 Nights
Oceania’s offer is even more expansive. Its “Your World on Sale” promotion offers free coach airfare, two-for-one pricing, free unlimited Internet, free pre-paid gratuities and a $500 shipboard credit and Business Class upgrades from $799. These cruises must be booked by May 31. Use promotion code YOURWORLDONSALE.
August 16: Istanbul to Rome, 12 days on Riviera
August 22: San Francisco to New York, 21 days on Regatta
Sept. 29: Lisbon to Monte Carlo, 12 days on Riviera
Oct. 25: Venice to Istanbul, 12 days on Riviera
Oct. 29: Venice to Barcelona, 12 days on Marina
Nov. 4, Barcelona to Barcelona, 12 days on Nautica
Nov. 6: Istanbul to Barcelona, 12 days on Riviera
Nov. 10: Barcelona to Barcelona, 10 days on Marina
Dec. 8: Rio de Janiero to Valparaiso, 20 days on Marina
Dec. 28: Valparaiso to Papeete, 18 days on Marina