Many cruise lines are now releasing their 2014 itineraries and we are often asked why this is important. There are a number of different reasons which we will try to outline here.
First, cruisers typically have their preference in terms of location of their stateroom on the ship. The earlier you book your cruise, the more likely you are to get your preferred stateroom category and location.
Second, if you are booking a cruise that does not include air you are more likely to get better pricing and flight times. Typically, the less seats available on a plane, the higher the price.
Thirdly, many cruise lines offer special pricing or promotions for those who book their cruise far in advance. It is in their best interest to fill the ship early on.
Finally, and most importantly, the best itineraries on the best cruise lines often sell out fast. It is not uncommon for a new itinerary to be mostly sold out 9-12 months in advance. if you wait too long, you may end up being disappointed.
Oceania Cruises has unveiled their 2014 Summer Collection, featuring 90 voyages, 10 new ports of call and an almost entirely new line-up of European itineraries. Perhaps most exciting, Insignia will return to the fleet in the summer of 2014 after a two-year charter.
All five ships in the fleet – Riviera, Marina, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica – will sail to more than 180 destinations throughout the world. The 2014 cruise collection features 70 European cruises, 93 percent of which are new itineraries, plus 10 Alaska voyages, seven all-new Canada/New England cruises and three Panama Canal voyages.
Oceania Cruises President Kunal S. Kamlani said he is thrilled about the new line-up of itineraries. “Our newest cruise collection is the largest in the company’s history with five ships visiting Europe, Alaska and Canada/New England,” he said.
“Our guests will love the new and exciting options for exploring the world with a wide range of seven- to 24-day cruises, a mix of overnight and extended stays, and new ports of call in Albania, France and Greece, to name a few.
“Bookings open today (February 13, 2013), and we are encouraging travelers to act quickly to secure the suite or stateroom of their choice. In addition to our two-for-one cruise fares, free airfare and bonus savings, guests who book by May 31, 2013, receive the added value of complimentary pre-paid gratuities on every sailing,” Kamlani added.
Call your Vision 2000 Cruise Advisor to find the voyage that best suits you with Oceania Cruises in the summer of 2014!