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CRUISE MEDITERRANEAN DESTINATIONS CRUISE L


My money’s on the Med


Whatever your spending power, there’s a Med cruise to suit, says Jane Archer


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gents are always told never to sell a cruise on price, but


the continual stream of discounts and offers from the cruise lines, as well as the pages of ads in the weekend supplements, show price really does matter. So while agents are carefully


matching customers to ships – do they want large or small, formal or casual, family heaven or an adult-only environment – it is vital they also ask how much the client plans to spend. There’s no point extolling the virtues of Seabourn and Silversea-style luxury if they are planning to shell out only a few


hundred pounds, but likewise, those willing to splash out a few thousand for a week or two away are after a champagne lifestyle rather than a budget deal. Destination always comes out


on top when cruisers are asked how they choose a holiday, so where better to seek out the best options for clients who want to save, spend or splurge than in the Med – our favourite place to cruise?


◗ SAVE: MORE FOR YOUR MONEY Cruising is often perceived as an expensive holiday. The reality


Agents carefully match customers to ships, but it is vital they also ask how much the client plans to spend


is that clients on a budget can pick up some great bargains and will generally get more for their money than on a land-based holiday. They might not have fruit


and fizz to greet them in their cabin, but fares will include accommodation, meals, entertainment, access to the gym or other facilities, and children’s clubs (if available). Celestyal Cruises leads the pack when it comes to value for money, as clients can pick up three or four-day cruises around the Greek islands next April from just €399 and €499 per person respectively. The price includes all the above but also two excursions specified by Celestyal, drinks packages (alcoholic for adults, soft drinks for under-18s) and gratuities.


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