Voyages of Discovery introduces price pledge

Voyages of Discovery introduces price pledge

Voyages of Discovery has followed rival P&O Cruises and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines in introducing a price pledge on 2013 departures.

The line, introducing a second edition brochure for next summer and winter 2013-14 preview, is encouraging passengers to book cruises early to be assured of receiving the best value fare.

Should the standard fare reduce prior to departure, the company says it will refund the difference in the form of onboard credit or a cabin upgrade.

Standard fares also include benefits such as on board gratuities, service charges and coach transfers or car parking at UK ports. Passengers booking higher grade cabins on cruises from summer 2013 will receive complimentary chauffeur service within 75 miles of the port or airport.

The price promise applies to cruises departing from April 29, 2013, the start of the line’s new ship Voyager’s first summer season.

The vessel will sail a series of sailings from its home port of Portsmouth followed by fly-cruises to the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

Winter 2013-14 season sees Voyager heading to the Far East with 21 new ports of call including Dubai, Tokyo and San Remo through to itineraries in India, China, Burma, South Korea and Japan. Voyager will also call in the centre of Bangkok, made possible due to the small size of Voyager.

Voyages of Discovery is offering a 5% early booking discount on winter 2013-14 bookings made by October 31.

Sales and marketing director Geoff Lawrence said: “The price promise means that customers who book next year’s cruise today won’t miss out on a better deal coming along at a later date, and also allows agents to assure their customers that prices won’t be undercut.

“While we may opt to introduce saver fares further down the line on specific cruises, early bookers can still be confident that they have received the best value for money as the saver fares will not include all the benefits available on our standard fares, nor will passengers be able to choose their preferred cabin and the fare will be payable in full at the time of booking.”

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