It’s a busy time for cruise lines offering cruise deals at the moment, and there are a number of specials advertised that are customised to the holiday you’d like and the type of traveller you are. I’ve rounded up some of the best offers on cruise holidays currently underway, so that you have the best options to pick from if you feel ready for the delights cruise holidays bring.
The majority of these cruise specials are by Silversea, and range from inaugural journeys celebrating the launch of a new ultra-luxurious ship, to individually crafted combination voyages, taking you to far flung places across the world, all in sublime comfort and luxury of course.
There are specials and incentives, where booking early really earns you some advantages, as well as special offers for those wanting to get away from it all on their own, and to travel solo on their cruise holiday.
And if it’s your first cruise, there’s a special for that too … crafted to introduce you to the delights of cruise holidays while making sure you get the best deal.
But before we get into the detail, congratulations are in order:
Crystal named No. 1 Midsized Cruise Ship Line for 22nd year in a row
Crystal Cruises has been recognised by the readers of Condé Nast traveler, as the best cruise line, for the 22nd year in a row.
Crystal Cruises is the most awarded luxury cruise line, and earned a final sore of 90,456 in the category of ‘Midsize Cruise Ship Line’, positioning it as the highest of all small and midsize cruise lines.
“We are extremely grateful and honoured to once again be named the No. 1 Midsize Cruise Ship Line by the sophisticated readers of Condé Nast Traveler,” said Edie Rodriguez, president and CEO, Crystal Cruises. “This recognition validates the commitment and passion for service our team at sea and on land demonstrate, particularly as it is awarded by a distinguished group who are incredibly savvy about global luxury travel. We look forward to providing them with the same six-star service and luxurious experiences in the next chapter of Crystal experiences in yachting, river, air and ocean.”
In 2015, Crystal introduced new features on board Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. All their cruise holidays offer free Wi-Fi to all guests for 60 minutes per day, and new spa services include Medi-Spa. They have also introduced upgrades to the in-room amenities of the luxury brand ETRO (high quality materials from Italy, made with natural fibres, and embellished with original designs and innovative colours).
They have also introduced new ports into the line’s versatile and immersive itineraries, increasing your options and making your travel experience even more extensive.
It’s Crystal’s plan to expand beyond its current two ships within the next three years. Plans include introducing Crystal Yacht Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, and the Crystal Exclusive Class ocean vessels (these will feature Crystal Residences).
Our congratulations to Crystal Cruises – Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards are not known for being easy to achieve.
Silversea Cruise Holidays – deals currently on offer:
Silversea First Cruise Experience:
Wind through the Greek Isles perhaps, or safari in Africa, or embark on an expedition to Antarctica … any of these are available to you and more. All in personalised luxury (from butler service to a bespoke experience ashore), to over 80 destinations on all 7 continents, inclusive of virtually all your on board expenses (wines, spirits, gratuities, WiFi, etc.).
Here’s the clincher: Choose any Silversea voyage departing now through June 2016, and save up to US$1,000 on your first cruise with Silversea.
The Silversea ships are known for being luxurious and intimate, and their cruise holidays offer you the experience of being pampered like never before (virtually one staff member per guest). Enjoy the delightful camaraderie of sailing with just a few hundred fellow travellers, the freedom of independent travel and the convenience of unpacking only once.
Silvers Early Booking Bonus
Whether your dream is to cruise along the coast of Africa, the great cities of Asia, or voyage through the wilderness of Antarctica, timing is everything on this cruise deal. Take the time to plan your year ahead now, and you’ll save 10% on voyages departing October through December 2016.
To enjoy this reduction, you’ll need to book and pay in full by December 10, 2015.
Featured 2016 Voyages:
Silvers announces Silver Muse:
You’re invited to reserve your suite aboard the stunning new Silver Muse – her inaugural season is now open for reservations.
Be among the first to sail aboard this ultra-luxury new small ship. The Silver Muse is said to have exquisite decor and sumptuous suites, handcrafted in every detail. There are eight restaurants, and dining venues that will astound you on your delectable journey. There is an expansive choice of new, exclusive venues, with open-air spaces that flow seamlessly through the ship to lead you to the world’s most alluring havens.
If you enjoy ‘firsts’, then this is for you. Celebrate with Silversea as their newest lady makes her debut to the ultra-luxury cruise market. Make your reservations now and experience small ship sailing at its ultimate.
Silver Seas, Cruise Holidays at your Silver Service
On a cruise holiday, your suite is your sanctuary. Silversea offers you the Silver Suite, to take your haven to the next level. Characterised by style and sophistication, you’ll enjoy panoramic views through the suite’s expansive glass doors, and enjoy the freedom of stepping out onto your verandah to be refreshed by the ocean breeze. A beautiful marbled bathroom, vanity table and large wardrobe enable to you prepare for the evening’s activities in opulent comfort. And after an active day ashore, there’s nothing quite like sinking into your Silver Suite’s plush bed linens to watch a movie on your flatscreen television.
Silversea’s Exclusive offer: choose to sail in a Silver Suite or above, on one of five select combination voyages and enjoy an exclusive Silver Suite fare, saving 10%, when booked by 28 February 2016.
Get in touch with Carolyn for a listing of the 2016 Silver Suite combination voyages.
Solo Cruise Deal Exclusive Offer:
Silversea is welcoming solo travellers with their Low Single Supplements on Select Voyages. For single occupancy on certain cruises, a 10% single supplement will be added to the cruise fare on the voyages displayed below.
Every voyage includes a champagne welcome reception, which makes it easier to meet and mingle with fellow solo travellers. On select voyages, if required, Gentlemen hosts are available as dance partners or dinner companions. All-inclusive fares include a spacious, ocean-view suite, fine dining complimentary wines and spirits, sophisticated enrichment and entertainment programs, personalised butler service, and all onboard gratuities.
Savings when you combine selected European cruise holidays
Silvers designs its European cruise holidays to be combined as consecutive sailings, and very rarely do you repeat a visit to a port. With back-to-back sailings you’ll enjoy greater value, have more time to relax, and of course get to see more of the magnificent Mediterranean and Northern Europe regions.
The choices are endless – combine North and South, East and West, and bring your dream itinerary to life. To whet your appetite Silversea have put together 5 exciting voyage combinations for European Cruise Holidays 2016. Enjoy a combination saving of 5%, plus book by 31 December 2015 and save an additional 10% on the following combination voyages:
Barcelone to Civitavecchia (Rome)
Aboard Silver Wind
34 days. Departs 13 April 2016.
Aboard Silver Wind.
24 days. Departs 27 June 2016.
Civitavecchia (Rome) to Lisbon.
Aboard silver Cloud.
18 days. Departs 1 July 2016.
Istanbul to Venice.
Aboard Silver Spirit.
14 days. Departs 29 July 2016.
Copenhagen to Montreal.
Aboard Silver Whisper.
28 days. Departs 26 August 2016.
And that rounds up our highlights of the cruise holidays on special at the moment. If you feel one of these is for you, don’t waste time – get in touch and we’ll secure your space. Look forward to hearing from you.
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