Even More Cruise Specials and Incentives Roll In

Jason Leppert
by Jason Leppert
Last updated: 1:00 PM ET, Fri June 3, 2016

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Cunard Line

Cunard Line presents its "Big Balcony Event" for Balcony stateroom and Princess Grill and Queens Grill suite category upgrades across its three-ship fleet: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

Through July 26, 2016, a Balcony stateroom can be booked for the same price as an Oceanview stateroom, and an additional balcony category upgrade can be had on select Transatlantic Crossings, New England & Canada, Caribbean, Europe and Exotic cruises for just $50 extra.

Plus the promotion affords the opportunity to reserve a Princess Grill suite for the cost of a Club Balcony cabin or Queens Grill suite for the price of a Princess Grill suite on select Transatlantic Crossings. And guests in Princess and Queens Grill suites also get included gratuities.

Fathom

Amid popularity of its cruises to Cuba, Fathom has reduced rates to its other destination, the Dominican Republic, all the way through Nov. 16, 2016. Fares now begin at $499 per person for an inside cabin.

The per-person cost breakdown is now as follows: $499 for an inside cabin, $599 for an outside cabin, $699 for a balcony cabin and $2,499 for a suite. Plus, third and fourth guests in a room can come along for 50 percent off those fares.

"We want to provide unique ways for our guests to give, learn, grow in spirit, and help build a sense of community that reaches out to the wider world," said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. "Our maiden voyage is behind us, but there is still so much all of us can accomplish together. It is an exciting time for us all, and we look forward to bringing people with a passion for travel and a desire to make a difference in this world to the Dominican Republic so we may keep up the significant impact we have already accomplished."

Rates also include all onboard meals and social impact immersion experiences, three shoreside social impact activities and related supplies.

Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises is repeating its "Silver Select" savings for select 2016 ocean and expedition sailings. Available through July 31, 2016, perk choices are outlined according to cruise type.

Ocean Cruises:

• $1,500 per suite onboard credit, or

• Two-category suite upgrade, or

• 50% off a second suite

Expedition Cruises:

• Two-category suite upgrade, or

• 50% off a second suite

"For today's traveler, it's all about choice, and Silver Select gives travelers an à la carte menu of several generous savings opportunities, each providing outstanding value," said Mark Conroy, Silversea's managing director for the Americas. "You might treat yourself to a larger suite, or indulge in personal pampering at the onboard spa. Plus, the option of a second suite at 50 percent off provides incomparable savings and the opportunity to invite family and friends to vacation with you, almost anywhere in the world, sharing in the extraordinary benefit of a separate suite at half price."

Additionally on select Mediterranean sailings, the "Most Exclusive All-inclusive" package applies. Bonuses therein include roundtrip economy flights and transfers, two-night pre-cruise hotel stay and transfers, free Silver Shore Select excursions and free Wi-Fi (true for every 2016 cruise). Also, business class transoceanic flight upgrades cost only $199 one way.

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises has just launched "Star Promise," a new travel professional partnership program to assist agents with bookings.

Besides renewed commitment to agent support, benefits of the new two-tier "Star Groups" program are based on promotional dates and savings fares.

Star Groups Benefits:

• Five percent discount from savings fares

• Tour conductor policy of 1:9 people

• New guest amenity of $100 per person onboard credit

• Complimentary cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres with adults-only guests

• 259 cruise departure dates to select from, all destinations

Added Star Advantage Groups Benefits:

• Ten percent discount from savings fares

• $100 per person agent bonus commission

• Tour conductor policy of 1:9 people

• New guest amenity of $100 per person onboard credit

• Complimentary cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres with adults-only guests

• 164 cruise departure dates to select from, all destinations

Plus, select free FAM trips and specialist training are available to agents, and those who complete the latter by June 23, 2016 are eligible for a $100 bonus commission on a future booking.

"Travel agents are at the center of our business and by listening to our most important partners we are renewing our commitment to agents by presenting new opportunities for success in selling our highly-rated yacht vacations," said Joe Duckett, vice president of sales and marketing. "Our new Star Promise program is about recognizing and thanking our travel agent 'stars', educating agents new to Windstar, and delivering the programs and service both need to be successful."

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