Friday 25 November 2011

Quick, your tea is getting cold

Dear Expedition Cruisers,

I’m pleased to say we have experienced the highest volume of bookings on record over the past month. Now that we are approaching the end of our successful “Cup of Tea with God” advertising campaign which introduced our best savings for 2012 expeditions, I wanted to give you further detail and prior knowledge of how our new yield management system operates.

The advertised Guaranteed Savings across both ships and all destinations comes to a close at 5pm on 30th November. From that date onwards, the savings and specific stateroom category availability will change by destination and departure date. These will be reviewed on a weekly basis and updated on our website, or you can find them by calling our customer service agents. As with the airline yield systems, some grades of accommodation will be closed, some will have reduced savings and some may remain at the same level.

I show below an example of variation to fares after 30th November. All prices are per person, twin share.

The Kimberley – 10 nights. Fares up to 30th November range from $6,825. From 1st December, fares will range from $7,280 on two departures and from $7,735 on the majority. Ten of the 16 sailings no longer have Category B Staterooms available. Click here for more details.

Borneo – 10 nights. Some of the Camp Leakey – Faces in the Forest departures are sold out. Other departures are from $6,520, and as of 1st December will be from $6,930. The Sabah Highlights, Across the Wallace Line and Rajahs, Riches and Rainforests departures are from $6,520. Some of the departures have limited availability in certain grades of accommodation. Deluxe Suites are proving to be the most popular. Click here for more details.

Papua New Guinea – 11 nights. The March departures no longer have Category B Staterooms available. Category A Staterooms remain from $7,835. The first October departure is now from $9,400 and the last October sailing is from $6,750. Click here for more details.

Inland Sea of Japan – 10 nights. I’m pleased to see that the 10 night voyages are selling well, particularly after spending a lot of time with our Japanese representatives last week. The lead fare will move from $7,490 to $7,955 on 1st December. The 8 night Japan fare will remain the same. Click here for more details.

Russian Far East – 10 nights. The Category B Ocean Suites will increase from $7,490 to $7,955. Click here for more details.

Antarctica – 18 nights. Was from $16,460. There are no Category B Staterooms remaining and therefore the lead price is now $19,115. Click here for more details.

Please remember the Guaranteed pricing remains in effect only until 5pm next Wednesday, 30th November 2011.

Please call our Customer Service team on 1300 361 012 or contact your travel agent.

We all look forward to welcoming you on board again soon.

Sarina Bratton
Founder and Managing Director
Orion Expedition Cruises

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