Crystal Cruises Announces Feb 28 Deadline for 2012/13 ‘Book Now’ Fares to Avoid Price Hikes

Crystal Serenity at sea. Passengers have until Feb. 28 to take advantage of "Book Now" fares and avoid price hikes on 2012/2013 cruises.

Effective January 1, Crystal Cruises increased fares for as many as 19 cruises and set a new booking deadline of February 28, 2012 for 2012 and 2013 Book Now fares. Current Book Now fares, available at, offer compelling early booking special offers — as much as $2,000/person, or $4,000/couple, off extraordinary 2-for-1 fares.

The ultra-luxe line’s Book Now promotion provides travelers with a two-month window for the lowest prices possible on every worldwide cruise aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity in 2012 and 2013. As promised, when the previously published fares expired on December 31, Crystal raised fares from $200-$400 per couple on select cruises. Every 60 days Crystal is reviewing its pricing on every cruise. Since the Book Now pricing program was launched in September, Crystal has raised fares with each booking deadline. Additional price increases are expected on February 29.

“Savvy shoppers who plan ahead are truly enjoying the best pricing for the best vacation experiences in the world,” says Jack Anderson, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “True to our word, we have once again raised fares for sailings booking ahead of forecasts. While we have exceptional fares still available for many worldwide cruises, we are not guaranteeing they will last after February 28.”

Book Now fares offer the most attractive pricing for its worldwide 2012 and 2013 cruises, including 2-for-1 rates, generous Book Now Savings, free air from many North American gateways or cruise-only credits, “As You Wish” spending credits and/or all-inclusive.

In 2012, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will visit 182 ports-of-call in 59 countries on 60 itineraries worldwide. Destination choices include the western and eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea, North Cape, western Europe, Greek Isles, Baltic & Russia, China, Japan, southeast Asia, Australia, South Pacific, South America, New England/Canada, Panama Canal, British Isles, Canary Islands and Mexican Riviera on itineraries of seven to 94 days.

Crystal Cruises’ resort experience always includes a host of complimentary amenities, from enlightening enrichment speakers and fitness classes to pampering pillow menus and specialty restaurant dining featuring the cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio. In the spring of 2012, vacations on the chic, award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will also include complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff. Crystal’s passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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