Program supports travel professionals now AND later while offering travelers flexibility, savings and choices
MIAMI, April 23, 2020 – As the recently announced Crystal Assured Savings program enters its third week, the travel advisor community is enthusiastic about the potential boost it will offer their businesses during this challenging time. The program invites travelers to make a non-refundable open booking deposit of just $500 per person by June 30, 2020, locking in additional savings of 2.5 percent — that’s an extra savings from $50 to over $6000 or more, depending on sailing and category — for any seven-night or longer itinerary on the Crystal Experience of their choice including Ocean, River, Yacht or Expedition in 2020, 2021 or 2022. Guests have until March 31, 2021 to select their preferred voyage.
Travel advisors will earn commission on the deposit now as well as locking in new bookings for the future with full commission, less applicable savings.
“We are delighted with the response to this program from our travel partners and the fact that they are seizing the opportunity to embrace the future of our industry with optimism,” said Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales, Carmen Roig. “We understand the challenges travel advisors are facing at the moment and remain committed to doing all we can to help them through.”
The additional savings of 2.5 percent is on top of other Crystal special savings that may apply including Two-for-One fares, Book Now Savings, Crystal Society Savings, Early Final Payment Savings, Back-to-Back Savings, Combination Voyage Savings and available future cruise credits, maximizing value for travelers as well as an immediate earning opportunity for travel advisors.
Travel professionals are sharing their appreciation to Crystal for developing this source of revenue and encouragement as their clients look ahead to exploring the world again.
“One of my clients said ‘What a great idea, let’s do this. It will give me a Crystal cruise to look forward to and I need that.’ I told my agents that this is a great way to promote Crystal to our clients. We can give them something to look forward to and it will help us obtain new business now,” said Ruth Turpin of Cruises Etc.
Gina Morovati of Northstar Cruises is enthusiastic about the program’s motivation to get clients back to cruising, saying “Crystal’s Assured Savings program is a great tool for us to use as a steppingstone to start a new conversation with our Crystal Society passengers regarding booking a future Crystal cruise. It gives them the opportunity to save money without committing to a specific sailing at this uncertain time.”
Stephanie Spears of All Cruise Travel underscores the peace of mind the program gives travelers who are cautiously planning future travels, “I just wanted to say thank you to Crystal for being proactive in updating your new booking and cancellation or postponement terms. Truly I believe that this provides an enormous boost to our confidence as agents to recommend the Crystal product. The fact that our clients can book future sailings without fear of losing all their money if the need arises that they must cancel is HUGE! Also, your reduced deposit program and Crystal Assurance program makes getting commitments for future sailings much easier. Kudos to Crystal!”
“With our extensive network of travel advisors throughout the country, we have numerous clients thinking about where to travel next year,” added Michelle Fee of Cruise Planners. “Crystal’s new Open Deposit program will give our clients extra savings in addition to other Crystal offers, as well as peace of mind knowing they have plenty of time to select their next vacation of a lifetime.”
Virtuoso’s Beth Butzlaff and Mark Copus of FROSCH expressed appreciation for Crystal’s continued inspiration to travelers’ desire for discoveries, “Crystal Cruises always imagines programs like this to encourage clients to continue to dream about travel,” Butzlaff said. “Even amidst an uncertain world, travel dreaming soothes the soul and Crystal is here to help with that journey.”
Copus said, “We know we have many clients who are already dreaming about their next Crystal cruise. Now, with the new Open Booking Deposit program, guests can essentially lock down the best savings on their next cruise with a generous window to make their voyage selection.”
With the new program, guests have the choice of hundreds of all-inclusive luxury sailings over nearly two and a half years, from spanning the globe aboard Crystal Cruises and cruising iconic European waterways aboard Crystal River Cruises to navigating boutique islands and yachting harbors with Crystal Yacht Cruises and exploring remote destinations both polar and tropical with Crystal Expedition Cruises. Terms and conditions for Crystal Assured Savings can be found here.
With more than 30 years cruising to the far reaches of the world, Crystal has a long tradition of implementing and maintaining the highest health and safety policies at sea. Please visit this link to learn more about Crystal’s Health Protocols.
Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast TravelerReaders’ Choice Awards for a record 26 years including, in 2019, for Best Medium-Ship Cruise Line for Crystal Cruises, Best Small-Ship Cruise Line for Crystal Yacht Cruises and Best River Cruise Line for Crystal River Cruises. Crystal was also voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 23 years; and won “Cruise Line of the Year” and “Most Luxurious Guest Experience” by Virtuoso for 2018 & 2019. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA.
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Susan Robison or Christina Baez
Crystal Global Public Relations
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