We’ve already investigated the cheapest Silversea cruises, now we review how to get the best deals. The ultra-luxury Silversea Cruise ships have high occupancy rates, but in the low season, or for less popular relocation cruises you can pick up a great deal.
For example, for relocation cruises, where the boat is moved from one area of the world to another eg from the Meditteranean in the Autumn to the Caribbean for the winter season, rates become cheaper and you can book rooms on special deals with a discount. This is the same for cruises at all cruise companies.
If you want to book a Silversea Cruises or a luxury hotel, use our luxury travel concierge. Our agents offer exclusive free upgrades, free breakfasts, free credit and VIP gifts on Silversea Cruises and at luxury hotels like Four Seasons, Aman, Belmond, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, InterContinental and more… for the same price as the hotel or cruise websites.
Typically, our free benefits* at luxury hotels if you book via our luxury travel concierge include:
- Room upgrade to next category
- Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
- Complimentary Welcome Gift
- $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
- Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
While we may not be able to offer you a cheaper cruise, we can usually offer a bunch of exclusive benefits absolutely free. Typical free benefits* we offer at Four Seasons and other luxury hotels and cruise liners include:
- Daily full breakfast for 2 per room
- Welcome amenity
- 100 USD property credit per stay
- Free excursions and invited to special events
- Early check in and later check out priority
- Room/Cabin upgrade priority.
Why Silversea Cruises?
Silversea Cruises consistently win cruise liner awards for being the best luxury cruise line in various categories including the Travel Weekly Globe Travel Awards, which they have won for 10 years in a row. They also get a 5-star Berlitz rating. Why are they so good? Spacious cabins, fine dining, and a high level of staff to guest ratios help. There is almost one crew member for each guest!
Their smaller ships mean that Silversea Cruises can access smaller, more unique ports, such as Portofino on the Italian coast. All-suite accommodation means that there are no bad rooms. Food-wise, Silversea Cruises offer fine wines, champagne, liquor, cocktails and gourmet dining all included in the price (as well as tips on board). Silversea Cruises ships are smaller and more intimate than many of the more mainstream cruise brands. The trips they offer are expeditions as well as being luxury cruises.
1. Book With A Luxury Travel Agent For Extra Benefits
As outlined above, you can take advantage of free loyalty style benefits from your very first cruise on Silversea simply by booking with a luxury travel agent. It really is that easy, and the rates you pay will be the same as those on the Silversea website. We also have access to exclusive sales and offer that you may otherwise not know about.
Silversea is not alone in this luxury offering. Most luxury hotels and luxury cruises have hidden travel agent loyalty programs which give you free benefits if you book with the right “Virtuoso” partner travel agent. I have outlined the best luxury hotel loyalty programs which give you upgrades and free breakfast in case you are looking at any other luxury hotel chains for your next stay and want a discount or loyalty style VIP benefits.
2. Book Early
The best cruises do sell out, particularly in the high season, so if you know what you want and definitely want it, book it! I regularly recommend clients who book their stay with our luxury travel concierge to book as soon as the rates come out. It is simply not worth holding out for a last-minute discount as these magical discounts won’t necessarily happen on your cruise. Instead, take advantage of advance purchase deals that will often be cheaper than any last-minute offers anyway.
Often the cheapest cabins and the best cabins tend to sell out. At the last minute, you are unlikely to be able to book the cheapest cabin, the cabin you wanted may have sold out, so you can be left paying a premium cabin on a deal, when you may not even want a premium cabin.
So the key to booking a Silversea, an absolute must, is to book as soon as you can, ideally on an advance purchase deal, so you can secure the cabin that you actually want while paying the cheapest possible rate. Booking in advance will not always get you a discount but it will stop you paying over the odds as you will be able to book into the cabin that you actually want.
3. Book Advance Purchase Deals
If you are booking in advance and are very sure of your dates, as outlined above, book early and ideally on an advance purchase deal. This is one of the few ways to get you a cheaper deal. You MUST be sure of your dates though because once you have booked in, there are no refunds on most advance purchase rates so if you can’t make it, you won’t get your money back! Most Silversea advance purchase deals offer anywhere from 10-30% discount off their usual rates but offers vary according to the cruise and ship.
4. Change Your Holiday Dates
If you can even re-arrange your dates and plan to specifically target certain Silversea deals when they are cheapest and are offering the best discounts, you will get the best deal.
5. Look Out For New Ships
There are brilliant new Silversea ships launching all the time. The brand new Silver Moon arrives in August 2020. They say “It will take you to unexpected and faraway worlds, making your senses come alive with new sights, sounds, and tastes from across our wondrous planet. Silver Moon. Discover a new world of travel.”
6. Stay Shorter
It sounds obvious when you say out loud, but I would prefer 3 nights at an expensive Silversea cruise rather than a week on a bog-standard cruise ship. Pick a short cruise as it will be cheaper! Cruises are priced according to length but also popularity. If you are flexible, you can get a better deal on less popular cruises on less popular ships.
7. Book Late
Contrary to my advice above, if you can’t commit to paying in advance for your cruise, it can be worth waiting until the last minute to chance a good deal coming up. While this method of cruise booking is risky, if you aren’t bothered about where you cruise, there is an opportunity to pick up a bargain at the very last minute.
8. Join The Rewards Program
Join the Silversea rewards loyalty program which will get you a great discount. When you complete your first Silversea voyage, you become part of an exclusive circle of friends. The Venetian Society offers Onboard recognition and private parties, with membership privileges and milestone rewards gained on every sailing. This could include onboard recognition and invitations to private events, ship visitation privileges, and an additional 5% off on select sailings.
The more you sail, the more you receive. After:
- 100 days: 5% savings on future sailings
- 250 days: 10% savings on future sailings
- 350 days: complimentary 7-day voyage
- 500 days: complimentary 14-day voyage
- 500-day milestone, a complimentary 7-day voyage for every 150 days sailed
All of the above milestones include complimentary laundry service (excludes dry cleaning and “press only”).
9. Refer A Friend
Silversea has a refer a friend program called Friends of The Society® Programme. When your new-to-Silversea friends sail with you, as a sponsoring Venetian Society member, you will receive:
$250 USD Shipboard Credit – Available on designated Venetian Society voyages
Double Cruise Days – Available on any Silversea sailing. As an example, if you and your friends sail together on a 15-day voyage, you will accrue a total of 30 Cruise Days.
Friends who sail with you on a designated Venetian Society voyage will enjoy the same 5% Venetian Society savings that are available to you, as well as any applicable Silver Savings. This benefit is limited to a maximum of four friends in two additional suites.
10.Don’t Book With Direct!
Do you want to be at the front of the queue for your free cabin upgrade? Do you want invites to free parties? Would you like free shore excursions?
Our luxury travel concierge offers the best place to book. We match online prices but also offer extra free benefits at no extra cost.
Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor.
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