I believe when surfing the internet potential clients come across my website or ultra luxury professionals' sites skipping over without hesitation. Why? Simple misconception about luxury, is it's about expensive or out of reach travel......... Right? Well nothing can be further from the truth; yes some products will be considered luxury or ultra luxury. Such as a cruise on a major cruise line such as Celebrity vs Crystal or Royal Caribbean vs Regent will fuel the concept of luxury is out of your budget. Not necessarily true when comparing value.
"Luxury is an experience not a price"! Remember that thought the next time you approach a travel agent to assist you; don't feel like they're going to judge you based on the cost of your trip. A real travel agent will be there to fulfill your experience making every experience luxury. We can to get real here! My first cruise many years ago would be considered today to be a nightmare of poor quality, lack luster, confining, forced meals, beverage selection poor, less than entertaining entertainment; yet I felt like I was on a dream cruise it was my first cruise experience, luxury to me. Today admittedly my expectations and tastes have changed, but not as much as one would think. You don't need to be on the top tier cruise lines to be engulfed in luxury. I've experienced 28 mass market cruises, 4 ultra luxury cruises, 4 river cruises and 350K miles of rail travel! Each trip was enriching, as cruise lines improve on all levels it's hard not to feel as if you're always on a luxury voyage creating memorable experiences at every turn. It's not the price, it's the experience! Ships are moving towards high tech, no longer is my Internet bill in the hundreds of dollars; today they offer free internet or inexpensive packages creating the ultimate luxury cruise for me, not to mention the attraction to social media with a need to be on line 24/7. Of course there are many different areas, state of the art gyms, walking tracks, spas, lounges, great food, open dining! My top favorite change is open dining, it rocks for me being able to eat as I wish on my own or with my traveling partner or friends.
Maybe you want an ultimate luxury cruise or tour package. Fine, maybe you're an experienced traveler or want a to be set apart from mass markets, crowds and price isn't an option. You're looking for the unique experience while being pampered on all levels, you still deserve value. Your travel agent will provide this experience adding perks from his or her relationships in the industry. You could book an ultra luxury cruise or tour on own. You'll miss out on our personal touches. Who will you contact while traveling if you'd like a private excursion or dinner at a restaurant providing your favorite foods with a personal touch? My clients call or text me 24 hours a day, we're their "go to people" that's the expectations they have, we fulfill this on every level.
Just for fun, here are some past clients and what was luxury to them in an experience:
Couple A - will only travel on an A & K tour, they've had the best experiences with them!
Couple B - are adventurous, they like regional tour providers and some on own time!
Both couples consider their trips luxury, it's not the price it's the experiences they had!
Couple A - are huge fans of Crystal and Regent Luxury cruise lines. They like the one check pays all, no added expenses for the most part. Smaller ships for a more intimate experience.
Couple B - are huge fans of Celebrity Cruise lines, for them the Modern Luxury at affordable prices creates excitement, adventure, option to cruise more often. The experience is upscale, clean lines, great everyday experiences creating luxury for them.
Couple C - are river cruise fans, they don't like the casinos, large crowds, large tour groups, they like to walk into the villages along the river exploring on their own. To them this experience is luxury.
Couple D are fans of a more party theme or short cruise for a booze and play experience with friends or BFF group cruise. Their experience is within themselves as a group of friends. That's the experience they want to achieve, creating their own luxury.
Price vs Value:
Looking at the price of a trip and immediately dismissing it based on the price is not being fair to yourself or fulfilling your dream experience. I've seen people change to a higher priced tour and cruise when we compared the components and value. Not all tour or cruises are the same. Each has it's own merits on value and price.
Here's an example:
7 night cruise on a mass market upscale line $1,795.00 per person.
Plus air tickets, adult beverages, coffee, soft drinks, specialty optional dining if interested, shore excursions, transfers, gratuities for hotel & dining staff. Added expense average $2,045.00**
7 night cruise on a luxury line (same itinerary) $3,995.00 per person.
includes your air tickets, transfers, all beverages (except super specialty), specialty dining, shore excursions at each port, gratuities for hotel & dining staff, often larger rooms or all balcony ships.**
Comparing the two and the offerings of exceptional perks looking at a luxury cruise may add the extra personal experience for a minimal additional cost. Your agent will work with the cruise line on confirming all the elements, no need to research air or shop for the best air fare on the luxury line where air is included.
**these are examples of domestic trips, with regional air, average consumption of 6 beverages including specialty coffees and 6 shore excursions, plus $211.00 for auto gratuities.***Not a promise of results, only a fair comparison of value vs price if you're wanting the biggest return on your investment. Many budget cruise lines won't compare as well or be considered a value; they would be considered an inexpensive experience that will also be amazing!
Call us today or email us at email@example.com if you're ready to experience your own personal luxury adventure, it's not about price, it's about the experience! I'll offer you suggestions based on my evaluation of our conversation. Yes we do charge a fee to arrange some tours and cruises, not all. We are happy to discuss this in advance to assure you we are an amazing value for you. All clients who book with us receive direct access to me or a member of our team 24 / 7 while traveling for any emergency by phone. Emails and text messages answered within 15 minutes during our normal extended client live times - 5:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. 7 days a week for non emergency needs.
If don't book with an agent, you're traveling on your own. It doesn't cost more for your adventure using a travel agent, why risk your investment on blind booking on the internet. You're an expert in your field as are we, you accept only results in your daily working life, as do travel professionals with travel suppliers. You've worked hard to reach this point, you deserve the most for your money with guidance & partnership of your own travel professional.