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Travel firms launch Black Friday deals early

Tour operators, airlines and cruise companies have unveiled a raft of discount offers ahead of Black Friday this week.

Deals on selected Tui, First Choice, Marella Cruises and Tui River Cruises holidays are available from today until November 29.

Savings of between £100 and £300 are up for grabs on Tui bookings departing until April 30, 2023.

Customers can make £300 savings when they book selected Marella Cruises and Tui River Cruises sailings departing within the next 12 months.

Marella’s Electric Sunsets cruises and short river sailings lasting three or four nights are not included in the offer.

Cruise line Seabourn is offering Black Friday deals on sailings departing across 2021 and 2022 until November 30.

There is up to $1,000 off Veranda and Ocean View Suites, and up to $1,000 shipboard credit, on 125 voyages across the line’s fleet – including new expedition vessel Seabourn Venture.

Celebrity Cruises is offering passengers $300 onboard credit if they book by November 30, 2021. The offer is only available on selected sailings from December 18, 2021, to March 31, 2023.

It can be combined with an existing 50% discount offer on the second guest’s cruise fare when booking before December 13, 2021.

Passengers who book selected 2022 European river cruise itineraries with Scenic by December 3, 2021, will receive £2,200 of savings per couple and private door-to-door chauffer transfers for no extra cost.

In addition, those who pay in full before December 3 will save an additional 10% off the cost of their cruise.

Savings of 30% are available on selected 2022 North, Central and South America voyages on the line’s vessel Scenic Eclipse (pictured).

Prices for the 17-day Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn voyage departing from Valparaiso, Chile, to Ushuaia, Argentina, lead in from £9,205 – reduced from £11,825.

Sister line Emerald Cruises has cut prices on European river cruises next year and is offering £200 onboard credit per cabin on booking made before December 3, 2021.

A free premium drinks package is also available to guests who book European river sailings next year as part of the operator’s Black Friday sale.

Passengers who book next year’s departures on superyacht Emerald Azzurra will also receive a premium drinks package.

Escorted tours specialist Newmarket Holidays is offering savings of up to 15% on tours and holidays.

A five-day Scottish Highlands Railways tour is included among the offers, with prices starting from £535. A 16-day Alaska cruise including a trip with Rocky Mountaineer leads in from £2,444.

The firm’s Black Friday sale runs from today until December 3. Newmarket said the sales campaign was designed to “help conversions and enable agents to finish the year on a much-needed high”.

Head of trade sales Richard Forde said: “We are seeing heightened demand stretch across the portfolio and with most our tours on sale throughout 2023, now really is the best time to book at the very best prices, regardless of when your customers are looking to travel.”

Youth travel and social adventure specialist TruTravels is offering 40% off all 2021 and 2022 departures to more than 16 destinations.

The sale runs until November 29. Departures are subject to availability.

Prices for the nine-day Thailand Energise itinerary, which includes Muay Thai classes, bike rides in Koh Phangan and hikes, lead in from £591 per person – down from £985.

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific is reducing solo travellers’ fares by up 15% and is also offering a buy one economy ticket, get another half price deal before November 29.

Savings of up to 25% are available when three or more economy tickets are bought before the sale ends on Monday.

OTA Thomas Cook is offering a range of short-haul, mid-haul and long-haul destinations with reductions of up to 40%. Prices for trips to the Canary Islands are available from £148 per person. Bookings must be made by November 29.

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