Thursday, January 21, 2016

Now It's Really Winter! Lots of Cruises on Sale...With Signficant Added Amenities Too...for the Spring and Summer

I am always skeptical of "sales", but there really are legitimate, great value, sales going on with most cruise lines for closer in cruises. 

If you are looking to travel during February through June or if you are looking to take a cruise that might be beyond your travel budget if taken during peak seasons, NOW is a great time to make those plans!  (And as skeptical as I am about supposed sales, I am equally wary of false urgency, so when I say NOW I honestly mean it.)

Let's take a look at some of the great cruise deals are presently available.  (This is just a sampling so inquire if you are looking for something different.)

Seabourn's Signature Sale

Seabourn is holding its 2016 Signature Savings Event.  It is offering, on its all-suite ships:
  • 50% reduced deposits
  • $200USD per suite shipboard credit on select Europe voyages
  • $1,000USD per suite shipboard credit for Penthouse and Premium Suites
  • Complimentary Veranda Suite upgrades (from an Oceanview to Veranda)
There are some seriously great values.
  • Mediterranean from $2,999*
  • Northern Europe from $3,499*
  • Asia from $5,999*
  • Arabia & India from $5,999*
  • South America from $7,999*
  • Australia & New Zealand from $9,999*
  • Canada & New England from $5,999*
  • Antarctica & Patagonia from $14,999*
*prices do not include taxes which vary by cruise

Crystal Cruise's Book Now Savings

Crystal Cruises is very excited about the launch of its yacht, Crystal Esprit (now plying the waters of the Seychelles during the winter and the Adriatic during the summer) as well as it River Cruises (starting in 2017) AND its new cruise ship (launching in 2018), but its present ships are offering some great value in a very inclusive product ranging from oceanview staterooms to suites.  it is offering:
  •  Limited-time 2-for-1 Cruise-Only Fares from $1,845 per person (remember that includes almost all beverages, gratuities and alternative dining!)
  •  Limited-time Book Now Savings between $400 to $4,550 per person
  •  Exclusive Crystal Society savings of up to $5,435 per person for returning Crystal guests; plus, additional New-to-Crystal Savings of up to $4,350 per person for our first-time cruisers on our Full World Cruise
Want an example?  How about a 14 day Mediterranean cruise from Monaco to Athens for only $3,125 per person for an Oceanview stateroom, $4,520 for a Veranda Stateroom and $7,730 for a Penthouse Suite. 

Silversea Expeditions' Seriously Reduced Solo Traveler Supplements
Silversea Expeditions is a fantastic travel opportunity with many cruises having extended exotic itineraries that truly offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  Of course, travel to such far off places many times are beyond the budgets of single travelers (whether 30 or 90 years old).  Silversea Expeditions has a total of 56 upcoming voyages that have reduced single supplements...some as low as 10%!

As an example, as a single person you can enjoy the February 11, 2016 16 day cruise on the Silver Discoverer sailing through less traveled ports in New Zealand up to Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands (just a bit of paradise!) for only $13,365!

Classic Silversea Cruises is also making an attractive offer:  New-to-Silversea guests can enjoy $1,200 shipboard credit, while Venetian Society guests can receive a $1,500 shipboard credit or 2-category suite upgrade when you book their suite by February 29, 2016.

Windstar Cruises' "Last Chance Caribbean" Sale 
Windstar Cruises is offering some amazing values on its remaining 2016 Caribbean sailings.  For example, you can enjoy a true suite on the Star Breeze power yacht on April 9, 2016 for 8 days for as little as $1,299 per person.

Windstar also has some fantastic offerings in the Mediterranean with very significant discounts and two nights hotel stays included.  These include a number of Athens to Istanbul sailings.  (Yes, I know there are some issues in Istanbul...but unfortunately there are issues in Paris, Belgium and who knows where else.  Remember there is a greater chance of there being an issue driving to the airport than something happening when you are there.  Why not take advantage and go on that trip that you never thought you would take...or as a "little something extra"?


Oceania Cruises O Life Choice Promotions
Oceania Cruises hates to use the word "sale" and focuses more on added value.  Let me give you a hint:  Oceania also has quietly reduced its pricing on quite a number of cruises as well.  And the O Life Choice promotion is quite rich.  Just today I booked clients on a 29 day cruise that, in addition to aggressive pricing, garnered them $1,800 in Onboard Credits and Unlimited Internet.  (They could have selected 9 shore excursions or a beverage package along with the internet.)

How about a 24 day cruise on April 11, 2016 on the Oceania Riveria from Miami to Istanbul for only $4,199 per person plus unlimited internet and your choice of 9 shore excursions for each guest, a house beverage packages for each guest or $1,800 in onboard credits?

Other Luxury and Premium Lines:  There are great deals on most of the mainstream cruise lines. 


Holland America's View & Verandah Sale
For example, Holland America is pushing some pretty aggressive promotions ($1,499 for an April 17, 2016 7 night roundtrip Barcelona cruise in a Signature Suite as it modernizes its product and awaits the inaugural sailing of the Koningsdam - its new, truly modern and upscale, ship entering service in April 2016.  

Celebrity Cruise's "Go Best" Promotion
One of my favorites Celebrity Cruises offering discounted prices along with included multiple amenities: beverage packages, gratuities, onboard credits and internet.  Consider this including all those amenities:  A 11 night Italy, Greece and Turkey cruise for $3,229 in a Sky Suite.  

There are, of course, more sales and outstanding values, so give Goldring Travel a call at:

United States:        (877) 2GO-LUXURY
United Kingdom:  020 8133 3450
Australia:               (07) 3102 4685
Everywhere Else:  +1 732 578 8585


Or email us at eric@goldringtravel.com.