You don’t have to remortgage the house to live the high life on a luxury cruise. We asked the experts for their top tips for getting the best deal
Wendy Atkin-Smith, Managing Director, Viking Cruises UK
“Book your cruise in advance to benefit from early booking discounts and offers. Viking is great for first-timers travelling on river or ocean ships because we include so much, so it’s really easy for budgeting, and with early booking savings of up to £1,000pp booking early makes a lot of sense. With all onboard meals plus wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner included plus a shore excursion in almost every port of call and free wifi, there’s really not a lot extra to pay for. On our ocean cruises we also include free entry to our spa and, as every stateroom comes with a veranda as standard, there’s no extra to pay for this feature. With no flight supplements from up to 14 regional airports, guests can also save by flying from their local airport.” (vikingcruises.co.uk)
Bernard Carter, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, EMEA, Oceania Cruises
“We have incorporated inclusive amenities with OLife Choice on all bookings, featuring free internet plus a choice of one of three amenities – free shore excursions, free beverage package or free shipboard credit. By offering the choice we really are allowing our guests to build their Oceania Cruises experience in line with our mantra “Your World. Your Way”. One of the cornerstones of the Oceania Cruises experience is our award-winning dining, known as The Finest Cuisine at Sea. Not only do we offer a wide range of dining venues but we also provide complimentary pre-bookable dining in up to four speciality restaurants – Steakhouse, Italian, French and Asian Fusion. Every guest can have at least one visit to all of these venues at no charge.” (oceaniacruises.com)
Lisa McAuley, Silversea Managing Director, UK & Ireland
“At Silversea we offer a host of exclusive options for our guests to really maximise their ultra-luxury cruising experience. With our current Silver Select promotion, which runs until 2 May 2017, we have three exciting ways to further enhance a range of voyages with destinations as diverse as Jordan, Java and Japan. Guests looking to upgrade their accommodation on board can receive a complimentary two-category suite upgrade offering even greater levels of spaciousness and comfort. Alternatively, they can opt for onboard credit of $1,000 per suite on one of our classic fleet voyages to spend on shore excursions, spa treatments, speciality restaurants and more, or a fantastic 50 per cent saving on a second suite. This offer applies to selected voyages across the Silversea fleet including our new flagship Silver Muse, which is set to make her maiden voyage in just a few weeks’ time in April.” (silversea.com)
Kathryn Beadle, UK Managing Director, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
“Members of the Uniworld River Heritage Club, a programme that rewards our returning guests for their loyalty, receive an array of exclusive savings and onboard benefits, such as a one category cabin upgrade, a private, members-only cocktail party on board, hosted by the captain, a complimentary onboard laundry service per week and an extra saving of five per cent off the cost of any Uniworld cruise. We also offer an in-suite butler service on all Uniworld ships in Europe – this is perhaps the best way to upgrade a river cruise. Trained to the same exacting standards required at Buckingham Palace, our butlers go above and beyond, pre-empting guests’ every need.” (uniworld.com/uk)
Graham Sadler, Managing Director, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
“The beauty of sailing with a truly all-inclusive, luxury cruise line is that you know that the bulk of your holiday is paid for before you even get on board with flights, transfers, premium drinks, fine dining, wifi and shore excursions already included. This means you can plan ahead and upgrade your cruise experience by splashing out on luxurious extras such as a spa treatment.” (rssc.com)
Read part two of How to Upgrade Your Cruise.
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