Your Savvy Seafarer (shown here on Silversea) loves touring Europe by ship, and has covered it north to south, east to west. I’ve sailed Scandinavia through fabulous fijords, cruised the shores of the sexy French Rivieria, and pretty much covered the world by sea. There’s nothing like a European cruise vacation. You get to visit lots of places and only need pack and unpack once. And if you do it right you fly First Class to your destination and then lounge in style in a fabulous suite on a luxury ship like the Yachts of Seabourn, Silversea or Crystal. And if you can afford to sail the very best, then book top cabin on any ship, bigger is always better, especially the suites on Princess Cruises….
And to lure you….
The Yachts of Seabourn …now offers up to 18 percent off optional pre- and post-cruise extensions that, combined with enhanced savings on its cruise fares in Europe this year, makes cruising Europe more enticing than ever. The lower prices are available for stays from July through November in 10 European cities.
The rate reductions vary by city and property from about 9 to 18 percent and include accommodation at nifty spots like the Gritti Palace and the Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice; the Grand Bretagne and the King George Palace in Athens and the Excelsior in Rome. Seabourn’s bundled extensions include full American breakfasts, transfer between the hotel and the pier, staffed hospitality desks, all taxes and service charges (including V.A.T.) and porterage.
In addition, Seabourn is offering new private show excursions.
The Yachts of Seabourn will have four vessels cruising in Europe in 2009. Seabourn Pride will be based in Northern Europe for most of the season, sailing round trip from Copenhagen to Scandinavia, Russia and the Norwegian Fjords. Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend will be sailing in the Adriatic Sea and along the French and Italian Rivieras, respectively. The industry’s first new ultra luxury ship in over six years, Seabourn Odyssey, debuts on June 24 at Venice and sails in the Greek Isles, Turkey and the Black Sea throughout the summer, before crossing to the Americas in the autumn. Fares for an array of 2009 voyages have been reduced by 50 to 65 percent, with all-inclusive fares starting from $2,999 per person for seven days, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite.
Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391, http://www.seabourn.com .The iconic wonders of the ancient world, the continent’s bustling cities and the majestic beauty found along dramatic coastlines will be showcased with Princess Cruises’ just-announced 2010 Europe program, which offers an unprecedented choice in itineraries and departure dates on six ships.