ravel agents are seeing
Crystal Cruises in a new place: on television.
Crystal is running a series of 30- and 60-second TV commercials,
which it said was "a first" for the line. The commercials depict
acts of kindness and heroism in previous centuries that have
resulted in one's experiencing the ultimate luxurious reward today
-- a vacation with Crystal.
The spots conclude with the tagline, "You must have done
something good in a past life to deserve luxury like this."
Ads ran in key markets -- Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San
Francisco -- during this month's Wave season and the start of
National Cruise Vacation Month in February.
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Windstar Cruises extended its "Winter Sail
Away" promotion through Feb. 14; agents with deposited bookings
from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14 will be entered to win the grand prize
of a "Sail Away to Europe" Mediterranean cruise for two aboard the
Windstar is holding daily and weekly drawings, as well. Each
week, Windstar is giving away a flat-screen TV similar to the ones
in its refurbished cabins.
December's grand-prize winner of the "Sail Away to Tahiti"
cruise for two aboard the Wind Star was Michael Ginsburg, owner of
Michael's Travel Center in Agoura Hills, Calif. Ginsburg's name was
picked in a random drawing from more than 400 entries.
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Windstar isn't the only line with a giveaway program this month.
Norwegian Cruise Line is handing out prizes to
agents who book with the line during its "Wave of Prizes"
NCL said it will award daily prizes based on the cruise markets
sold; goodies range from a cabin on board the Pride of America's
July 4 cruise to bottles of champagne and beach towels.
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Viking River Cruises added two departures to
its Eastern European Odyssey, a 14-day voyage along the Danube
River from Budapest, Hungary, to the Black Sea and returning to
The Aug. 21 sailing will operate from Vienna to Budapest, while
the Sept. 4 cruise will sail the reverse itinerary.
The cruises will operate on the line's 150-passenger Viking
Danube; per-person rates start at $3,059.
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Princess Cruises inked a deal with Air Tahiti
Nui to provide the line's airlift between Los Angeles and Papeete,
Tahiti, where passengers embark the line's Tahitian islands
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Seabourn is touting its complimentary
Exclusively Seabourn shore excursions, which are offered on each of
The program itself isn't a new one, but many of the shore
excursions are new for 2004.
For example, this year passengers can opt to make their own
chocolates in a Belgian chocolate maker's workshop in Bruges. And
in Leith, Scotland, passengers are treated to an evening visit to
the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Look for new excursion offerings in Amsterdam; Casablanca,
Morocco; Funchal, Portugal; Korcula, Croatia; Halq al-Wadi,
Tunisia; Portovenere, Italy; Saint-Tropez, France; and Valencia,
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Cruise West extended its early-booking savings
deadline to March 31 and said it is "guaranteeing" the lowest
prices of the season for those taking advantage of the program.
The line said travelers can still save up to $800 per couple
when booked and deposited by Feb. 27 (paying in full by the same
deadline adds another $200 in savings) or as much as $400 per
couple when booking by March 31.
For more information, call (800) 888-9378.
To contact reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].