September 27, 2001
Silversea will reduce its published cruise-only fare by 100 percent of the Renaissance cruise-only fare on any new 2001 or 2002 Silversea voyage. Passengers must provide proof they had a Renaissance cruise booked and paid for on or after September 26th to take advantage of the savings offer. Interested? With the help of Silversea’s sales department, we’ll show you how it works. Take, for instance, Renaissance’s R2’s 15-night Valparaiso to Buenos Aires holiday sailing. Say you paid $6,229 (all prices are per person) for a B category suite (322 square feet, with balcony). A similar cruise on Silversea’s brand new Silver Whisper -- also running through the holidays (though this one’s a 16-day trip) in a veranda suite (345 square feet, with balcony) would cost, without discounts, $14,795. Here’s where an advanced mathematics degree comes in handy. A Renaissance passenger who had booked and paid for their trip -- regardless of the itinerary though for ease we’re gonna compare these apples-to-apples vacations in terms of dates, length and ports -- and wanted to take this one would then be able to deduct the Renaissance trip cost. So that $14,795 has been slashed to $8,496. Then tack on another 10 percent discount -- this one available to any Silversea customer and one that typically is called an early booking fee (the sales rep said that, for now, the early booking fee would apply to any booking, even last minute ones). This brings your cost down to $7,646. So Renaissance customers are basically paying just $1,700 -- give or take -- more to upgrade to an ultra-luxe line. But remember this other Silversea perk: its tab includes tips, beverages and port charges which makes this a discount worth snatching. There is room on the aforementioned Silver Whisper holiday cruise -- and, certainly, other itineraries on it and other Silversea ships -- but occupancy is not unlimited so ex-Ren types are urged to book soon.