There are great deals for solo travelers announced this week as Crystal Cruises offers a solo traveler sale on Europe luxury cruise voyages, and Tauck waives their single supplement on a variety of 2013 river cruises.
And Royal Caribbean promises that connecting to the Internet will be a lot faster next summer thanks to their new satellite service – hip, hip, hooray! Also – In the wake of the Concordia disaster, the Global Cruise Industry has announced two new safety policies.[box] To hear the latest cruise-related news each week, Click to subscribe to CruiseSource! [/box]
Crystal Cruises Offers Low Solo Mediterranean Cruise Fares for Fall
Crystal Cruises already charges one of the lowest rates in the luxury cruise industry for sole occupancy of a double occupancy room, but with a new solo travelers’ sale on fall Mediterranean voyages, guests traveling alone can enjoy even lower fares to vacation in ease through one of the most beautiful cruising areas in the world. A significantly-reduced solo supplement of just 10% can save individuals up to almost $900 off a private, deluxe outside stateroom (Category C) of their own.
The savings are offered on eight 11- and 12-day Crystal Serenity sailings through the Black Sea, Middle East, Canary Islands, and entire Mediterranean, starting with September 6’s voyage. The all-inclusive luxury cruises embark in Athens, Istanbul, Venice, Barcelona, and Lisbon from September through November, with overnight visits and more time in both smaller, off-the-beaten-path and favorite, large ports throughout Italy, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Montenegro, Israel, Croatia, Morocco and the Canary Islands. Attractive air add-ons are offered from more than 200 North American ports.
Tauck Waives Single Supplement on 2013 Europe River Cruises
Tauck has announced that it will waive the single supplement for cruisers booking Category 1 staterooms aboard its fleet of elegant river cruise ships for the 2013 Europe season. The savings apply to every departure on all 14 of Tauck’s European river cruise itineraries.
“The fact that we’ve waived the Category 1 single supplement on over 100 Tauck river cruise sailings will be welcome news to solo travelers everywhere,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar.
“For solo travelers organizing their own trip to Europe, all the work of planning and executing the itinerary falls entirely on their own shoulders, but with a Tauck river cruise, everything is taken care of for them,” continues Mahar. “And of course, there’s a camaraderie and connection with their fellow travelers, plus a great sense of security, that solo travelers don’t get to enjoy on their own. Finally, because our riverboats hold just 118 guests, they offer a refined, club-like atmosphere that’s very intimate and welcoming for anyone traveling on their own.”
Single but don’t want to travel alone? Check out SinglesCruise.com’s line-up of upcoming hosted group singles cruises.
Royal Caribbean Promises Faster Internet at Sea
O3b Networks announced a milestone multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises to provide high-speed satellite-delivered broadband service aboard the world’s largest cruise ship. By summer 2013, more than 8,000 guests, staff and crew members aboard the Oasis of the Seas will be the first to enjoy O3b’s enhanced connectivity at sea as if connected to fiber at home or in the office.
A true technology innovator, Royal Caribbean Cruises is the first to utilize O3b’s new maritime offering O3b Maritime, which delivers the reach of satellite and the speed and latency of fiber at a fraction of the cost of conventional providers. O3b is enabling maritime service providers to offer affordable fiber-like capacity across the Caribbean and ocean regions around the world. Providing unparalleled bandwidth, O3b’s steerable satellite beams will provide cruise industry passengers ultra-fast Internet communications throughout their voyage.
Global Cruise Industry Announces Two New Safety Policies
On behalf of the global cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the European Cruise Council (ECC) announced that the cruise industry has adopted two new safety policies. These policies, which address issues related to the recording of passenger nationality and the common elements of musters and emergency instructions, result from the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review launched in January 2012.
- The Nationality of Passengers policy was developed in response to the request of governments at the May meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee meeting. This policy prescribes that the nationality of each passenger onboard is to be recorded and made readily available to search and rescue personnel as appropriate.
- Under the Common Elements of Musters and Emergency Instructions policy, member cruise lines have specified 12 common elements that will be communicated to passengers in musters and emergency instructions. Among those common elements are a description of key safety systems and features and an explanation of emergency routing systems and recognizing emergency exits. Both policies exceed current international regulatory requirements.