It’s a good time to be a luxury cruiser. This morning, Crystal Cruises announced that it would go all-inclusive beginning 2012. This afternoon, Silversea Cruises announced that it will extend its “Passport to Luxury” promotion to all voyages in 2012, with the exception of Prince Albert II expedition cruises (which are nearly always sold out).
Silversea’s multi-tiered program, available on new bookings only, provides an Onboard Spending Credit of up to $1,500 per suite ($750 per person) depending on the length of the voyage (or back-to-back voyages) as follows:
- Voyage of 6 – 7 days: $500 per suite Onboard Spending Credit
- Voyage of 8 – 21 days: $1,000 per suite Onboard Spending Credit
- Voyage of 22 or more days: $1,500 per suite Onboard Spending Credit
Steve Tucker, Silversea’s vice president of field sales for North America, points out that “guests could take two 7-day voyages back-to-back and qualify for a $1,000 Onboard Spending Credit.”
For example, a couple could book Silver Spirit‘s 7-day Voyage 5213, sailing May 24-31, Barcelona to Rome, with calls in Sete, Monte Carlo (overnight visit for Grand Prix), Ajaccio, Portofino and Livorno, and enjoy a $500 per suite Onboard Spending Credit.
Increase the Onboard Spending Credit to $1,000 per suite by combining Voyage 5213 with 7-day Voyage 5214 (May 31-June 7), sailing Rome to Venice, with calls in Sorrento, Taormina, Kotor, and Dubrovnik.
Go all the way up to a $1,500 per suite Onboard Spending Credit by combining Voyage 5213 and 5214 with 11-dayVoyage 5215 (June 7-18), sailing Venice to Istanbul, with calls in Hvar, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi, and Mytilene.
Onboard Spending Credit options include:
- Spa treatments
- Specialty restaurants
- Premium spirits and rare vintages from the Connoisseur’s List
- Silver Shore excursions (none are excluded)
- Boutique purchases
- Internet packages
- Laundry service
- Personal fitness training
- Direct-dial phone calls
Aboard Silversea’s award-winning, all-suite ships, guests enjoy spacious, ocean-view accommodations, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler assigned to every suite, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, 24-hour room service, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and all gratuities.
The Onboard Spending Credit may be combined with Silver Savings fares (offering up to 60% savings on select voyages) and included roundtrip air and transfers, if applicable. It is a capacity-controlled program and subject to availability. Maximum value of Onboard Spending Credit is determined by number of days on the booking. The Onboard Spending Credit is offered per double-occupancy suite. Single occupancy suites will receive 50% of the Onboard Spending Credit. It is valued in U.S. dollars, regardless of booking currency. It may not be redeemed for cash, and any unused portion will be forfeited. Additional restrictions may apply.