Crystal Discounts for Solo Cruisers

| 06.26.12

Crystal Cruises as single supplements as low as 10-percent for med cruises this fall.

There are people who love to cruise but unfortunately do not have a steady companion to share the experience. This can be a real problem when nearly all the cruise lines have a general rule that each stateroom has two beds, each of them equals one cruise fare, and all staterooms are sold as "double occupancy" required. If you want to occupy an entire stateroom by yourself, no one says anyone has to sleep in that second bed, but unlike a hotel you still have to pay the full fare for that empty bed as if another person was with you.

Crystal is one of the best luxury cruise lines for solo cruisers because of its extensive onboard activities

We know it hardly seems fair, but the cruise lines are quite intransigent about this "per person, double occupancy" rule. Not only do they make more money when they sell a cabin to two people, but they also made additional revenue from the second occupant buying shore tours, spa treatments and other onboard extras.

This "per person double occupancy" rule is mandatory in 99 point-something-percent of the quotes you see anywhere for cruise prices. Often it is abbreviated as "ppdo." If you want to sail solo and take an entire stateroom for yourself you must pay for the empty bed with what is commonly known as a "singles supplement" fare. Typically that fare is 200-percent of the basic per person cruise fare (not 200% more than the regular cruise fare as the term "supplement" seemingly implies).

However - there are times when cruise lines make exceptions - although it is actually quite rare - and lower the singles supplement.

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Here is one such bargain just announced: Crystal Cruises is offering one of the lowest rates in the luxury cruise industry, or anywhere for that matter during a "Solo Sale" on Mediterranean voyages. The sale rate for solo cruisers is just an additional 10-percent over the per person cruise fare. Crystal says solo cruisers can save up to $900 on a luxuriously private, all-inclusive stateroom. You can find the new "Solo Sale" rates at this link: Mediterranean voyages.

The application of the discounts begins with the September 6 Journey to Crimea sailing aboard Crystal Serenity. Further savings are available on eight different 11- and 12-day sailings through November, offering guests the chance to explore the Black Sea, Middle East, Canary Islands, and Mediterranean while enjoying the lush comfort and amenities of their Deluxe Outside Stateroom (Category C).

Making the experience even better, especially for ladies who enjoy dancing, sailing solo doesn't mean you won't be able to get out on the dance floor. In fact, on these sailings it is guaranteed that you be dancing if that is what you want to do.

Crystal has "Ambassador Hosts" on every sailing for those seeking a dance partner - these are gentlemen onboard solely to make sure ladies traveling alone have a friendly, trustworthy partner for dining and dancing - although you have to be willing to share him with the other ladies.

There is also assigned seating for dinner in the Crystal Dining Room at a special "Table for 8," so you and other solo individuals can enjoy friendly conversation during dinner. This is also available in the specialty restaurants, Nobu's Silk Road and Sushi Bar and Prego. There is no additional charge for specialty dining in the two alternative restaurants, the first featuring the world-renowned cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa and the other offering the Italian experience of famed restaurateur Piero Selvaggio.

"A Crystal cruise is a wonderful option for solo travelers who seek luxury and pampering while on vacation" says Jack Anderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "They also look forward to the fast, easy friendships that are made on board."

Crystal recently transformed its offerings into an all-inclusive experience with fine wines, premium spirits and gratuities for staff throughout the ship included in the cruise fare. There are several additional complimentary amenities; enlightening enrichment speakers, art and crafts classes such as painting and clay work, music and language lessons and fitness classes. Stateroom amenities include pampering pillow menus, DVD players with free movies for check out in the library and complimentary room service 24 hours/day.

Go to the Crystal Web site for more information on these great rates.

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