This is the best cruise deal of the season, even if it’s not dirt cheap

When Virgin Voyages first entered the cruise scene, it set prices for four-night sailings on its first ship, Scarlet Lady, at a whopping $725 per person for an inside cabin — a bold move for a new cruise brand that was taking such enormous risks such as banning children and adding a battery of entertainment that thrives on sexual innuendo.

Fast forward to the 2022 pre-holiday season, and the line is now offering year-end travel from $99 per person, per night. That’s $396 for a four-night inside cabin sail — just 55% of what Virgin originally charged for the same accommodations when prices were announced in 2019. Plus, it earns you a $100 drink credit when you buy $300 worth of drink credits.

A mermaid and merman on Valiant Lady from Virgin Voyages. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

I’ll be honest, Virgin’s deal isn’t the cheapest of the season, nor is it the most inclusive. But because it’s such a radical departure from what the line used to charge, and given that Virgin rolls into its fares so much, I think it’s one of the most important bargains you’ll find right now.

That price is honestly a steal when you consider that the line’s rates include all meals, basic beverages (water, coffee, tea, juice, soda), fitness classes, and Wi-Fi — amenities many of the regular lines don’t have. t included, even though they charge similar prices.

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The VHS Workout class on Virgin Voyages’ Valiant Lady. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Frankly, most cruise lines are still reeling from the pandemic shutdown and doing everything they can to lure passengers back on board. We’ve seen some other great deals lately, so it’s not just Virgin heavily discounting its product.

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Interested in booking? Between November 22 and November 28, make sure to take advantage of this last-minute offer for sailings departing through December 18. % off Black Friday sale from November 22 to December 6, 2022, on cruises departing through April 2023. Single supplements are also waived during this deal. These offers can also be combined with a 5% savings for residents of Florida.

Would you like to know more about the ships of the line? Check out our recaps of Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady.

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