For clients looking for a luxury Mediterranean cruise, there is no better choice than Seabourn. Centred around a boutique hotel concept, Seabourn offers a relaxed approach to luxury across its fleet of five vessels, with personal service being at the heart of the cruise line’s ethos.
Seabourn boasts a ratio of one staff member to every guest so your clients have a truly personalised experience as soon as they step on board. Each ship boasts no more than 300 oceanfront suites, giving guests a truly intimate experience. Suites are spacious and elegant with sweeping ocean views, and all come well-stocked with complimentary tipples.
With so much to offer on board, guests may be reluctant to go ashore, but this would be a mistake given Seabourn’s incredible range of in-depth shore experiences and itineraries. Seabourn’s mission is “to deliver exceptional Seabourn Moments that delight guests and create the world’s finest travel experiences”.
As part of its Mediterranean tour, Seabourn combines calls into small, hidden harbours and ports with thriving cities, beautiful beaches and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, a guided tour of a Sicilian market with a Seabourn executive chef to wine tastings, special deck events and on-board local entertainment, the choices are endless. To enrich the experience further, Seabourn will often invite guest speakers on board as part of the ‘Seabourn Conversations’ programme, and these range from knowledgeable historians to destination experts.
Highlights of Seabourn’s luxury Mediterranean itineraries include:
10-Night Yachtsman’s Mediterranean
Seabourn Encore will set sail this August from Monte Carlo to Barcelona, taking in picturesque ports of call such as Amalfi, Elba, Malta, Bandol and Taormina along the way. In Monaco and Amalfi, guests will experience the epitome of Riviera chic, while in Elba, they will discover fascinating history, this having been famously where Napoleon Bonaparte resided following his exile.
Sell it: Monte Carlo to Barcelona, fly/cruise from £3,999pp, departs 5 August 2019, seabourn.com
7-Night Alluring Italy & Riviera
Guests who wish to discover the endless allure of the Mediterranean Riviera should opt for this week-long itinerary. Sailing in September, Seabourn Encore will take guests on a glamorous voyage of the western Mediterranean, commencing its journey from the thriving capital of Rome and travelling to the likes of Florence, Portofino and Bandol, before completing its whirlwind tour in Barcelona.
Sell it: Rome (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona, fly/cruise from £3,299pp, departs 26 September 2019, seabourn.com
7-Night Gems of Italy & Greece
This culturally enriched itinerary will start from Rome and end in Athens, calling at ports near major historic sites, including Naples where the historical city of Pompeii famously lies; Crotone, home to Charles V’s cathedral and numerous art galleries and museums, and Katakolon, where lies the sacred ancient sanctuary site of Olympia, to name a few.
Sell it: Rome (Civitavecchia) to Piraeus (Athens), fly/cruise from £2,799pp, departs 14 October 2019, seabourn.com
Now is the best time to sell a luxury Mediterranean cruise with Seabourn as the cruise line is offering a number of advantages for bookings on select holidays by 31 July 2019 as part of its ‘Summer Opportunity Sales Event’. These include:
• Free air or business class air
• Veranda suite upgrades
• Up to US$500 (approx. £390) shipboard credit per suite
• 300-minute internet package per person
• Up to 15 per cent savings on combination cruises
What’s more, book any penthouse or premium suite and guests will receive up to $1,000USD (approx. £790) shipboard credit per suite and an unlimited internet package per suite. This offer is available on more than 175 select cruises from June 2019 to May 2020.
While luxurious, Seabourn prides itself on offering its guests great value, with almost everything within the cruise package included a long with a number of complimentary additions, such as spirits and fine wines available on board at all times and complimentary dining venues, all of which should be highlighted by the travel agent when selling a Seabourn ultra-luxury cruise.
Seabourn’s top tips for selling a luxury cruise:
• Sell Seabourn as you would an ultra-luxury hotel or resort holiday
• Don’t use ship language – talk about ocean-front suites, gourmet dining, stunning destinations
• Talk about the inclusivity – and exclusivity of Seabourn – personalised service, dining when and with whom you wish, unhurried and uncrowded
• Seabourn may be ultra-luxury, but it’s wise to mention the value – since almost everything is included – drinks, all dining, gratuities and more
For more information, visit seabourn.com.