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Cruise Lines are Upping their Game in the Luxury Market


August 26, 2016

Travel agents are feeling fresh optimism for Luxury Cruise travel as modern Cruise lines are competing for the exotic traveller.

Cruising can be one of the best ways to travel, allowing for more activities and destinations in a shorter amount of time. Travel agents are feeling fresh optimism for Luxury Cruise travel as modern Cruise lines are competing for the exotic traveller. They are wealthy, ready to spend and looking for new lavish experiences to share online. Celebrity Cruise Lines are upping their game, adding a high touch of luxury to their new suite class, Edge. Debuting at the end of 2018, the Edge ships will include dining options, butlers and priority services. The luxury expedition market is expected to grow over the next 10 years, including submarines, jets and helicopters to the mix.

Mary Jean Tully, CEO of Tully Luxury Travel in Ontario believes that travel agents will play an integral role in cruise moving forward. She believes that in an upscale market such as luxury cruising, people want to deal with humans when spending their money. Customers are uncomfortable spending large sums of money on the Internet without speaking with someone in person.

Tully believes this role will come full circle, with cruise lines investing more into ships and improving the quality for the customer. Moving forward, Tully believes agents will become more important and necessary, as customers need a liaison to assure them through the cruising process, proactively understand value added features and explain the differences. In a world of online travel, cruise specialization may become the popular choice for travel agencies.

With a rise in investment over the last 12 months across the luxury sector, now may be the most exciting time to take cruising to the next level.

What sort of luxury adventure would you like to see added to these cruise lines?

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January 17, 2022

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Crystal Serenity

Circumnavigate the globe from Miami or Los Angeles on an odyssey exploring New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Sri Lanka and India. Journey on to discover the sheikdom of Oman, the treasures of Istanbul and historic ports in the Black Sea. Navigate the Mediterranean and choose to disembark in Monte Carlo or enjoy an Atlantic crossing until you arrive full circle, enriched and enlightened. With Crystal, discover a world Where Luxury Is Personal™.


  • Welcome Celebration Receptions Aboard Crystal Serenity on the eve of departure (January 17) for Full World Cruisers joining in Miami, and for Full World Cruisers joining in Los Angeles (February 2)
  • Shoreside Gala Dinner Extravaganza for all Full World Cruisers in Sydney, Australia (February 28)
  • Shoreside Event for all Full World Cruisers (location to be announced at a later date) 


  • Two Complimentary private town car transfers between port city airport and the ship on day of embarkation/disembarkation in port city*
  • Exclusive Themed Onboard Events
  • Specially-Curated Gifts
  • Robust Enrichment Program; culinary experiences, celebrity entertainment and special festivities
  • Excess Luggage Reimbursement if applicable for Full World Cruise guests (up to $500 per guest)
  • NEWFree 2-Day Laundry*
  • NEW! Free Doctor Visits Onboard*