The Best Holiday Deals to Start Planning Your 2024 Bucket-List Family Vacation

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Travel Expert and Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic, Colleen McDaniel, teamed up with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) on a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss everything you need to know about planning a cruise vacation in 2024.

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Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic, Colleen McDaniel, Teams Up with Norwegian Cruise Line to Discuss Black Friday Offers, Popular Destinations for Families, and More

With the holiday season quickly approaching, companies like NCL are unveiling holiday deals sooner than ever before, so families can start thinking about their 2024 summer vacation plans now.

NCLs Black Friday Sale offer is now live, providing travelers the best value at sea with 50% off all cruises plus its Free at Sea promotion, where guests can choose up to six free perks to design their dream vacation, including:

Free unlimited open bar

Free roundtrip airfare for the second guest

Free specialty dining

Free shore excursion credits

Free Wi-Fi

Discounted rates for the 3rd and 4th guest

Cruising makes it easy for families to plan a fantastic holiday and remains the best value for their vacation dollar. It offers travelers the ability to unpack once, visit multiple destinations, delivers non-stop activities on board and provides more inclusive pricing versus land-based vacations. According to recent research conducted by Mintel Group, 26% of family vacationers have trouble planning activities, making it the aspect of holiday planning they want the most help with. Mintel Groups study also indicated that 56% of travelers want to share experiences with family and 54% of them vacation to spend quality time with family members.

In addition to Caribbean voyages, McDaniel also discussed how Europe and Alaska continue to be top bucket-list destinations for families. They can enjoy quality time together, wake up in a new city nearly every morning, and can connect and immerse themselves in the natural wilderness of Alaska or Europes culturally rich destinations. Between April and October 2024, NCL will have eight ships, including NCLs newest vessels from the award-winning Prima Class, sailing European itineraries with voyages to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Greek Isles. In summer 2024, NCL will also have multiple ships sailing to Alaska, providing families with more options and the easiest way to explore The Last Frontier.

For travelers looking for the newest experiences at sea, Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva provide guests an array of attractions for families and multigenerational groups to enjoy, including NCLs industry exclusive experiences, such as its three-level racetrack, the fastest slides at sea, and a breath-taking two-story world-class spa facility Mandara Spa. The variety of on board amenities across NCLs 19-ship fleet offers something for everyone on each day of their cruise.

The Black Friday Sale is applicable to all NCL itineraries and ships, including NCLs recently announced Norwegian Aqua from the all-new Prima Plus Class, setting sail in April 2025. This incredible new ship will feature many exciting attractions for families to enjoy including the worlds first hybrid rollercoaster and waterslide, the Aqua Slidecoaster, and the Glow Court, NCLs first digital sports complex with an interactive LED floor that will offer a variety of exciting guest activities by day and then transform into a nightclub in the evening. To learn more about Norwegian Aqua, click here.

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About Colleen McDaniel

Colleen McDaniel is Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic, the worlds largest online cruise resource. She considers cruising to be a true passion, having traveled the world by water from Alaska, the Caribbean and Hawaii, to Europes rivers, Antarctica and Africa on ships of all shapes and sizes. Shes regularly quoted as a cruise expert in media outlets across the country, including outlets like The Associated Press, Good Morning America, CNN, FOX Business, CNBC, The New York Times, Travel + Leisure and Skift. Cruise Critic is the worlds largest cruise reviews and information site, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers — from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 50M+ opinions, reviews & photos and hosts the world's largest online cruise community. Cruise Critic is a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.

About Norwegian Cruise Line

As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for 57 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionized the industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 19 contemporary ships sail to 400 of the world's most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company's private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize. Norwegian Cruise Line not only provides superior guest service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of award-winning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including solo-traveler staterooms, club balcony suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian, the company's ship-within-a-ship concept. For additional information or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit For the latest news and exclusive content, visit the NCL Newsroom and follow Norwegian Cruise Line on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok and YouTube @NorwegianCruiseLine; and Twitter @CruiseNorwegian.

Norwegian Cruise Line is a wholly owned subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH). To learn more, visit

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