Friday, December 12, 2008

Holland America Stimulating Bookings

Holland America Line announced a Vacation Stimulus Plan today that includes a number of points to stimulate bookings. Points affecting consumers are some new promotional rates, reduced deposits (cut in half for cruises and Alaskan cruisetours departing May 1, 2009, and after), and a 25% discount on their standard Cancellation Protection Plan when purchased with a new booking for departure May 1, 2009, and after. There are some additional incentives included in the plan for travel agents.

Crystal Eliminates Fuel Surcharge

Crystal Cruises has announced they will eliminate their fuel surcharge on all 2009 cruises.

The surcharge will no longer be placed on new bookings, and existing bookings under deposit will be adjusted to reflect the lower amount. Passengers who have made their final payment will have the fuel surcharge refunded through an onboard credit.

Princess Adds Captain's Circle Credits

Princess cruises is rewarding those who pay more with double credits in their Captain's Circle loyalty program enabling them to reach higher levels faster, beginning with cruises departing December 7, 2008, and after.

Passengers who pay for and occupy a full suite (not a mini-suite), and passengers who pay a single occupancy fare will receive two credits rather than one. Passengers who do both, paying a single occupancy fare for a suite, will be rewarded with three credits.

Princess offers multiple ways to reach the higher plateaus, and the new benefit multiplies only cruise credits, not cruise days.