Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year that cruise lines and tour operators get busy with their promotions to fill up their ships and tour groups! Basically the mantra is buy now and get a deal. Or wait and pay more. This way they cut down on their future marketing expense and share the benefit with the consumer. That’s you!
Here’s the latest information and promotions from my top travel partners. Even though your favorite line may not be mentioned, it just means I ran out of time to include them. Please contact me directly for details.
The best way to stay current on promotions is to join Facebook where I post quite often, or even on Twitter, which is actually very handy for this sort of thing. My Facebook page is pretty fun though as I try to find relevant videos and articles, keeping the promos to about a third of the posts.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Here’s to a great year,
CRYSTAL CRUISES[now including drinks and all gratuities]
TIMELY “MED” SALE! Thru 1-22 only; Book a 2012 Mediterranean voyage aboard Crystal Serenity through your Virtuoso travel advisor between January 9 – 22, 2012 and save $500 per person on 11-day or longer sailings and $250 per person on all 7-day sailings. That’s an additional savings off already low Book Now Fares in every category! Plus, you’ll enjoy Crystal’s All Inclusive amenities: Free airfare, gratuities, specialty dining and fine wines and premium spirits are included with your fare!
2013 Asia Pacific Adventure
& more on 2013
Book now for 2013 on any of our 64 destination-rich itineraries and they will receive these exclusive savings and amenities:
Limited-time 2-for-1 Fares
Book Now Savings up to $2,000 per person
Free Air (or a cruise-only credit in lieu of free air)
Plus, the All-Inclusive Crystal Experience on every voyage and so much more!
Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will explore virtually all corners of the globe in 2013 with journeys to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, Australia & New Zealand, the Pacific Coast, South America, Panama Canal, the Caribbean, New England & Canada and Trans-Ocean.
In all, we will visit 226 ports of call in 62 countries allowing you the luxury of choice and flexibility when choosing their dream vacation.
“enjoy the unmatched luxury and all-inclusive value of the cruise line voted World’s Best more than any other cruise line, resort or hotel in history. These value-packed fares and savings are only available for a limited time. Book today!
Click here to download our 2013 Fare & Itinerary Preview pdf.
Current Promotion is an 8 day Transatlantic sailing on Queen Victoria departing March 8. Just $1,995 each in Grill accommodations. [subject to prior sale]. Ask me for details.
SILVERSEA [always all-inclusive]
Best Offers for 2012 [over 20 voyages at great pricing]
2013 Sailings. Launch offer plus discounts on 2012 cruises if you book 2013.
2012 Sale Dates exclusive to us. All dates have a $250 per cabin credit if booked by February 29. Combinable with below Virtuoso dates, too.
2012 Virtuoso Dates. These sailings all have prepaid gratuities. No booking deadline. And they’re combinable with above sales dates.
2012 Winter Sailings, including free air from over 25 US cities [including cruises on the new and fabulous Marina]
May 3, 2012 Tahiti to San Francisco on Regatta
SEABOURN CRUISE LINE [always all-inclusive]
2012 Mediterranean. Insane prices from $1,999 for a 6 day cruise on the fabulous Sojourn in March plus a complimentary upgrade to a veranda suite. Or $2,499 for an April 7 day, also on Sojourn in France and Spain. Book by February 29.
All our Voyager Club perks are included on selected sailings as well (Seabourn and most of the other lines below).
REGENT SEVEN SEAS [always all-inclusive including shore excursions]
2012 “Spotlight” cruises, focusing on your special interests like wine, music, public broadcasting
2012 Caribbean February or March from Ft Lauderdale
2012 Mediterranean April May June including Rome, Istanbul and More
2012 Scandinavia Russia June or July
Again, Tauck is by far the favorite tour operator for my clients. So if you don’t want to go it on your own, go with a medium size luxury group at affordable prices. For early 2012, they’re offering an airfare promotion. And for 2012 they have a new tour of Turkey including Istanbul, the Aegean and Cappadocia. You may even stay in a cave.
josh friedman luxury travel at casto
in san francisco’s financial district
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
a virtuoso member agency
Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read my review of Oceania’s Marina