Cruises & Culture Discovery
Get up to $5,000 credit or more toward any CDV Vacation
If you book any cruise, anywhere in the world through CDV we will give you up to $5,000 of credit per cruise booking toward any CDV Land Vacation. If you do a group cruise we arrange, we can calculate the credits to go well beyond the $5,000. Plus you can add them up and combine them in just about any way you want. See the info below for combing, as well as the few restrictions that may apply.
Vacation Credit Scale
|Cruise Price*||Credit Earned|
|$2,000 - $5,000||$100|
|$5,001 - $10,000||$250|
|$10,001 - $25,000||$500|
|$25,001 - $35,000||$1,250|
|$35,001 - $50,000||$1,750|
|$50,001 - $80,000||$2,500|
|$80,001 & Up||$5,000|
Price and Service
As for price, CDV will always get you the absolute best price that the cruise line offers, and often better. We have access to the same incentives the cruise lines offer to every cruise agency out there, and will always pass them on to you. We even offer price protection when cruise lines allow repricing of cruises that they drop their price on. In many cases we will have blocked out space on a cruise that can get you a significantly lower price than offered to the public. Add that to the credit, and it is pretty hard to beat.
As to service, we are CDV! That simply does not change. We are about relationships and looking our for our guest's interests. Nothing changes here in that respect. You will be planning with our team, people you know, people that know you, and people that want this to be perfect for you. Our guests know that we are all about going way beyond, and we are there for you before, during, and well after your trip.
Combining a Cruise with a CDV Vacation
First, if you combine a CDV vacation with a cruise we reserve on your behalf, we will apply the credit directly to the CDV vacation you are going on so you claim the credit right away.
As to what it would all look like, suppose, for example, that you want to take a CDV vacation in Italy and combine it with a Mediterranean cruise. Or you want to take a Portugal CDV trip and combine it with a Douro River Cruise. It is going to be like planning one trip with us. Whichever CDV trip you want to take, we will help you combine it with a matching cruise and we will organize all of the transfers in between to make it seamless for you. For example, you may do our Amalfi Coast week, and want to take a cruise in the Mediterranean afterwards. We will help you pick a cruise that leaves right after the CDV week. If the cruise leaves from Naples, we will take you right to the port. If it leaves from Rome (Civitavecchia), we will organize your transfers to get you to the ship. If you want to do a Douro river cruise before or after one of our Portugal weeks, there is always one on the same day that our weeks begin and end. We'll take you right to the riverboat, or pick you up directly from it. Similarly, if you want to do a River Cruise on the Rhine, Danube, or anywhere else in Europe, we will help you organize everything between the CDV Vacation and the cruise to make it absolutely simple for you.
Credits can be combined per cruise or per room, whichever yields greater credit for you.
For example, Suppose you book four cruises in a year with 4 people and 2 rooms on each cruise, priced at $6,500 per person. Each of the four cruises would add up to $26,000 per cruise, which gives a better credit than getting credit per room. so you would get a $1,250 credit for each cruise. At the end of the year, you would have $5,000 in credits that you could apply to a CDV land vacation.
But looking at price per room may give you better credit. For example, suppose your company wants to do a group cruise for 100 people in 50 double occupancy rooms priced at $2,550 per person. Each room would be priced at $5,100, so you would get 50 $250 credits, adding up to $12,500 in total credit.
How to Use the Credits
Any credits you collect can be combined to use in any way you desire on and CDV Land vacation. They cannot be applied to other cruises or any other vacation that is not operated by CDV. If you have enough credits to pay for an entire CDV vacation, feel free to use them. If you want to come with a group of people, and would like to distribute the credits among others on the vacation, just let us know and it will be done.
HOW ARE WE ABLE TO OFFER THIS?
One of the things we love about being us, is that we are completely transparent. Travel agencies earn a commission from the cruise lines. The reality is that a good travel agency does a tremendous amount of work to earn that commission. However, there are also budget "call center" travel agencies that practice something called advance rebating. They work on sheer volume, and basically just have low-paid people in a boiler room doing as many reservations per hour as they can. They will typically pay the cruise line a portion of the expected commission, knowing that the full commission will come to them later.
This lowers the price in your eyes as it shows as an additional discount. Otherwise, they will offer "onboard credit" to you that you must spend during the cruise at inflated priced and forfeit anything unused. They simply deduct the value you used from their expected commission. Or they may offer cabin upgrades based on a perceived value, rather than the actual value of the upgrade. This can be sold as a $500 value, for example, but may only cost them $30 or $40. If that upgrade is available, it is also available to us. We will just be upfront and tell you what the opportunity is without inflating a false perceived value.
These are all sales tactics to drive high volume. But since these companies work on pure volume, they must sacrifice service. That person taking your reservation is trying to move on to the next person as quickly as possible. Once they have the reservation, good luck if you have any needs.
So how can we do this without resorting to these tactics? We are an international Tour Operator, that also functions as an agency. As a well-known Tour Operator, we get lots of special benefits and access that the vast majority of travel agencies can only dream of. This puts us in a very unique position to be able to offer our guests a hybrid that effectively accomplishes the value (and usually much more) than those budget call centers offer, without needing huge volume that sacrifices service in order to do it.
By reserving your cruise with us, we will also get that commission after your cruise. But instead of playing the somewhat sleazy sales games, we can offer a big chunk of that commission in the form of a credit on our trips. What that means to you is that you generally get even more value, and for us, we make a little on the cruise and a little less on the CDV vacation, but overall, it allows us to be able to afford the time and energy to truly serve our guests without having to compensate with huge volume. In other words, it is a Win/Win without tricks, schemes, or sacrificing our high ethical standards.
- Credits expire two years after your cruise. However, you can apply them to future CDV vacations that extend past the two year cutoff so long as they have not expired by the time you decide to apply them
- Cruise price applied to credit is is equal to the base cruise fare, minus Port Fees, Cruise Line NCF Fees and Taxes as shown on cruise confirmations.
- Due to contractual limits with cruise lines, this offer only applies to U.S. and Canadian Residents.
- All credit is in United States Dollars. If your cruise is in Canadian Dollars, the credit applied will be based on the exchange rate at the time you make payment for the cruise.
- If a cruise is cancelled before departure for any reason, credits will not be granted.
- If a cruise credit is applied as a partial payment toward a CDV trip, it will be applied to the final balance due, not the deposit.