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Seven Seas Mariner

Once you’ve thrown in airfare, drinks, excursions, gratuities and taxes, what’s a cruise line to do?  How do you entice hesitant cruisers to make a buying decision?  Price cutting is an option high end travel companies are loathe to employ and do so only when all else fails.  Once prices are reduced, suppliers encounter a great deal of resistance from consumers when they attempt to restore prices to previous levels.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has come up with an added perk to further distinguish themselves from their lofty competition and attract passengers.  Beginning with the January 7, 2011 departure of the Seven Seas Navigator, nearly every cruise will include a one night hotel package at a deluxe hotel prior to the cruise.  Included in the package will be the hotel room, transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to port, and breakfast prior to check out.

“To be the best of the best, we believe that exclusivity means inclusivity,” said line president Mark Conroy in a press statement. “As travel to a destination can often be tiring, we decided to up the luxury ante by including a deluxe hotel stay so our guests can relax and explore a world-class city before beginning their Regent Seven Seas cruise.”

It is, I think, advisable to arrive in your departure port the day prior to the cruise, unless you are within driving distance.  The further you have to travel, the greater the wisdom in this precaution.  How nice to be both prudent in your planning and frugal at the same time.  I think Regent has come up with a great new inclusion to their cruise package.   The offer is good for bookings made up to December 31, 2010.

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