Luxury cruises use discounts to attract passengers

Regular cruisers discover pleasures of all-inclusive luxurious vessels

People who have been on cruises but are fed up with the crowds on bigger ships are discovering the pleasures of the sea aboard the smaller, more luxurious vessels (operated by, for example, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn Cruises, Silversea, etc.). The key to their allure is the fact that fares on truly luxury ships tend to include tips, a high service level, and often food and drink too – including alcohol. The rooms are elegant and there are no constant interruptions.
The trend is that travel on upscale ships has become discounted because the recession cost the lines passengers. Some lines have cut fares by half from $1,000 a day to $500 or less. That’s still more than other cruises, but because the food is superior, the service more personal, the ports of call more intriguing (Silversea ships can dock in the centre of St Petersburg, for example), the excursions more adventurous.
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[pictured: Silver Explorer; photo courtesy Silversea Cruises]