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Cunard Reveals ‘Upgrades on Us’ Wave Season Promotion for 2020-2022 Voyages

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WHY IT RATES: Guests receive 50 percent reduced deposit, free upgrades free gratuities on a wide range of 2020-2022 voyages. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer


Luxury cruise line Cunard announced their Upgrades on Us promotion, available on many 2020 and 2022 voyages on all three ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

Cunard’s Upgrades on Us promotion, offered for bookings between December 5, 2019, and February 27, 2020, is available on a variety of the line’s event voyages, signature Transatlantic Crossings and the popular New England & Canada voyages.

The offer is also available on Alaska, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia voyages on all ships, sailing between June 2020 and January 2022. For those interested in booking 2020 Alaska, Caribbean and New England & Canada voyages, guests can enjoy up to $1,000 of Onboard Credit per stateroom with Cunard’s special Holiday Bonus Offer, available through December 31, 2019.

The Upgrades on Us promotion features:

—Free upgrade from Inside to Ocean View

—Free upgrade from Ocean View to Balcony

—Free upgrade from Club Balcony to Princess Grill Suite

—Free upgrade from Princess Grill Suite to Queen Grill Suite

—50 percent reduced deposit on all categories

—Free gratuities on all categories

—Grill Suite bookings receive Free Drinks Package

By taking advantage of this offer, guests have the opportunity to experience the many insightful and exclusive voyages Cunard has to offer. Special event voyages include:

—Transatlantic Music Week on Queen Mary 2 (October 23-30, 2020): Broadway musicians will join the voyage offering multiple performances in the ship’s Royal Court Theatre in addition to workshops, talks and Q&As. Accomplished artistic producer, music director and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway host Seth Rudetsky will present Broadway stars Victoria Clark and Tony award-winning Faith Prince, each in their own intimate concerts.

—Journey of Genealogy on Queen Mary 2 (August 14-21, 2020): In partnership with Ancestry.com, this special crossing marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. Events on board will commemorate the significance of this iconic journey with themed talks from Ancestry experts and offer guests the opportunity to trace family trees through the centuries.

Destinations and itineraries world-wide included in the promotion:

—Australia: Queen Elizabeth sails a 13-night voyage from Auckland to Sydney and a 25-night immersive voyage roundtrip from Sydney; fares start at $2,099 per person

—Alaska: a 10-night voyage on Queen Elizabeth roundtrip from Vancouver, with calls to Glacier Bay and cruise-by itineraries through the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier; fares start at $1,199 per person

—Southern Japan: a nine-night voyage on Queen Victoria with roundtrip from Tokyo, with calls in Japan and South Korea; fares start at $1,599 per person

—New England & Canada: a seven-night voyage on Queen Mary 2 from New York to Quebec with debarkation in Quebec City; fares start at $1,099 per person

—Caribbean: a 12-night Caribbean sailing on Queen Mary 2 roundtrip from New York with stops in St. Kitts, Barbados and more; fares start at $1,929 per person

For more information about Cunard or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Advisor, call Cunard at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.


SOURCE: Cunard Line press release.

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AmaWaterways’ Rudi Schreiner Optimistic About River Cruising’s Rebound

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AmaWaterways President and Co-Founder Rudi Schreiner is optimistic that the river cruise industry will rebound once the coronavirus outbreak dissipates.

“Once everything is over people often forget quickly,” he told TravelPulse. “There will be pent-up demand, but the question now is when does it start up again?”

AmaWaterways has suspended river cruise operations until May 31 but is protecting travel agent commissions on canceled departures and paying 10 percent again when the agents’ clients rebook using future cruise credits (valued at 115 percent of the initial payments). That commitment is valued, especially since this is one of the direst situations in memory for travel.

“This is for sure one of the most severe situations we’ve ever had,” Schreiner said. “It is worse than 9/11 and worse than some of the terrorist attacks.”

For river cruising, this situation is worse than 9/11 because that attack occurred in September when most of the river cruise season was over – not at the beginning of the season like it is now.

“So, 9/11 was huge but didn’t affect European river cruising as strongly,” he said. “The most intense time for us personally was the first two weeks of March this year. Ships were ready, crews were onboard, provisions were ready” and then the virus spread across parts of Europe. The season was suspended.

“Once that was done, you at least had a clear picture ahead of you,” Schreiner said.

That doesn’t mean work is over for the time being. Schreiner is working out of his home in Westlake Village, Calif., and “right now we are busy on daily conference calls with the management team, individual calls with departments and so on. It’s very busy, and it’s getting organized, sorting through the whole thing. If we don’t cruise this entire season, we’ll make it through.”

That’s because Schreiner said AmaWaterways’ 25 ships are all paid off and funding in place will carry the company through.

“My worst-case scenario over the last 6-7 years, when our fleet became bigger, was because of such extreme low water we cannot cruise for a season,” he said. “In 2018, we had low water through the whole season. If it would get to an extreme level and we couldn’t cruise for a season, that’s why I always wanted to be as debt-free as possible. For many, many years, every penny we made went back into the company and our last 12 ships were completely paid in cash. Now everything is paid off.”

The company also is focused on its staff members. “We’re trying to maintain pretty much all our staff in our offices in Calabasas (Calif.), Dallas, Basel (Switzerland), and London,” Schreiner said. But European nations often operate differently. In Switzerland, for example, the government wants people to continue working and will pay 80 percent of the workers’ salaries, he explained.

When river cruise does rebound, it likely won’t get the same kind of fear that ocean companies are likely to face – such as being quarantined or turned away from countries. River ships are always close to land and don’t sail in international waters, so can’t be turned away from a country.

“On the river, you’re always within a country, you’re not coming from international waters,” he said. “It’s a different environment. Small-ship cruising will continue, and expedition cruising will continue. Ocean cruising may take longer, but I think it will also come back.”

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