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Book by February 28, 2014 to Maximize Wave Season Value & Save Up to Nearly $2,500/person on 2014 Sailings

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to overwhelmingly positive response and significant increase in booking activity since launching January 3 to February 28 "Book Now Fares" and offers, Crystal Cruises is raising rates on a record number of luxury cruises on March 1.  Cruise fares will increase on 94% of all currently published 2014, 2015 and 2016 voyages -- more than 120 – for the next "Book Now" period that will end on April 30, 2014. 

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Crystal's revenue for 2013 ended nearly 22% ahead of 2012, 2014 is already 78% booked, and 2015 bookings are 42% ahead of this same time last year for 2014.  "Travelers who don't book by the end of February risk not only losing out on great savings, but possibly any space at all," says Edie Bornstein, Crystal's president.

Bornstein attributes the booking success to Crystal's unparalleled reputation for superior service, the striking investments in the design of its ships and an overall award-winning vacation experience that is earning Crystal its highest ratings ever for guest satisfaction.  Strong support from travel agents worldwide and advance publication of carefully crafted itineraries of varying lengths with abundant overnights have contributed to the success story. 

Crystal's current "Book Now" savings promotions and all-inclusive value are capturing the attention of professional travel advisors and their discerning luxury clients.  Through February 28, 2014, travelers are guaranteed:

  • "Book Now Fares": Up to $2,500/person off Asia voyages and up to $1,800 off cruises in Europe, from the North Cape and British Isles to the Dalmatian Coast and French Riviera.
  • Air Allowance: Up to $800/person toward airfare on 23 voyages in 2014 and 2015 in Asia, Alaska, Australia/NZ, Indonesia, and the Pacific Coast, whether air is booked through Crystal or not.
  • Crystal Getaways: 21 shorter 2014 itineraries of 5-10 days in length in Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean and New England/Canada, starting from as low as $1,215 per guest.
  • 2016 World Cruise Savings: Combining all offers, returning Crystal cruisers can save nearly $19,000, including a $1,000 "As You Wish" shipboard credit.
  • Ultra-Low Solo Fares: Just a 10% "Single Supplement" – one of the lowest in the industry – for solo stateroom occupancy on more than 35 2014 and 2015 cruises.
  • Crystal Family Memories: Shipboard credits, free berths and other perks for family and friends traveling in groups of six or more on any Crystal cruise.
  • Kids Sail Free:  When sharing a stateroom in a third berth with two full fare adult cruisers on more than 35 2014 sailings in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and New England/Canada.
  • Explorer Combinations: Up to 25% savings by combining two or more back-to-back spring and summer voyages in Europe, New England/Canada or Transatlantic.
  • 2014/2015 Holiday Savings: Save up to $1,500/person to celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas/New Year's in Asia, Australia, South America, Caribbean, Panama Canal, or France/Italy.
  • Double Crystal Society Savings: Returning guests can save twice the usual Society savings, up to $1,360/person, on 13 voyages through Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia.
  • BONUS Share the Experience: Aboard seven early 2014 voyages in Asia, guests sponsoring new-to-Crystal guests can earn $400 per guest in shipboard credits.
  • Early Payment Savings: Save an additional 2.5% by paying in full 180 days prior to sailing.

Crystal's passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more "World's Best" awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history. 

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

CONTACT: Mimi Weisband or Susan Wichmann 310-203-4305, mediarelations@crystalcruises.com

VISIT: Crystal's Media Center and engage with us at  www.facebook.com/crystalcruises, www.twitter.com/crystalcruises, and www.youtube.com/crystalcruisestv

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