Explore Caribbean and Mediterranean ports this fall for half off. Here, the Crystal Symphony in Istanbul.
by Kathryn Maier on Travel Deals
Wendy just got back from vacation this morning, but she's so jazzed about an unprecedented offer from Crystal Cruises that I half expect her to be out the door again soon. We've seen Crystal offer 2-for-1 fares before, and we've seen it offer $1,000 per person in shipboard credit before, but never before have we seen the two offered together . . . until now. The 2-for-1 fare in combination with up to $1,000 per person in shipboard credit is available on ten itineraries this fall.
The least expensive of these sailings is the 7-day November 22 cruise on the Crystal Serenity, starting and ending in Miami and calling at Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, and Key West. The 2-for-1 discount reduces the brochure fare from $4,960 per person to $2,480 (plus $190 in port fees) -- and you get an extra $250 reduction because of the shipboard credit.
Looking for more unusual ports? There's a 13-day Miami to Manaus sailing on the Crystal Symphony, also departing on November 22. Ports include Antigua, Barbados, and Devil's Island, French Guyana. The brochure fare of $7,980 per person has dropped to $3,615 (plus $305 in port fees), and you get an additional $1,000 off your bill in the form of shipboard credit.
Condé Nast Traveler approved: These sailings may sound pricey, but not when you consider that, over and over, our readers have voted Crystal Cruises the number-one large-ship cruise line in our Readers' Choice Awards.
Book by: There's no book-by date.
For travel on: Ten cruises departing between late September and early December.
Book through: If you've read Wendy's articles on cruising, you know the importance of using the right travel agent to book your trip. Mary Jean Tully, one of the cruise specialists on Wendy's list of top travel planners, can often get additional amenities such as private shore excursions for her clients.