Wow! After years of toying with whether to offer free wine with meals, Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises went all out and converted fares to include incredible extras such as open bars with wine and spirits, premium wines served at meals, gratuities and more. Good job Crystal.
Operators of two of my favorite mid-sized, luxury liners, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony which offer seamless service, fine food and just one of the best experiences at sea, Crystal won’t be offering the new fare structure until next year and we wonder why they just don’t start it now. Especially since the Savvy Seafarer will be sailing on the Symphony in April roundtrip from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Oh well.
The brilliant marketing strategy allows C rystal to compete hull-on already all-inclusive cruise lines such Silversea, Regent Seven Seas and Seabourn.
This chanage is music to the ears to passengers who complain adamantly about the nickel and diming prevalent on many cruise ships these days. Even Crystal’s loyal clientele will be pleased even though they willing pay premium prices to sail on Crystal’s upscale ships that feature seamless service, exceptional food and lavish Penthouse suites manned by butlers (whose tips will also be included). Crystal boasts one of the biggest repeat passenger roster in the industry.
The new fares go into effect with each ship’s first Trans-Atlantic cruise next year: Crystal Symphony’s “Beyond the Sea” sailing from Miami to Lisbon on March 19, 2012, and Crystal Serenity’s “New World to Norway” voyage from New York to London on May 8, 2012.
Check out: www.crystalcruises.com. Also included with all cruises is free round-trip air transportation from two dozen North American gateways (or a generous air credit), with airport/ship transfers included.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625 or visit www.crystalcruises.com.