In response to an optimistic outlook for luxury cruise business originating from foreign ports, SITA World Tours has inaugurated a program of pre- and post-cruise itineraries in 13 port cities featured in its 2010/2011 brochure.
The program features six cities in Asia — Bangkok, Beijing (from Taijin and Xingang), Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. In South America, destinations include Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls (from Santos), Machu Picchu (from Callao), Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago (from Valparaiso). And in addition, there are programs from Cairo and Capetown in Africa and Istanbul in Turkey.
“We’ve realized there is growing demand for pre and post cruise packages that offer a more in-depth experience," said Charlie Newton, a SITA associate. "We are experts on the exotic port destinations of the world and we can offer great value, hands-on service, more personalized attention to detail and more opportunities for adventure than what is usually available in a cookie-cutter sort of package.”
Typical pricing: Asia/Shanghai (four days pre- or three days post-cruise, prices starting from $935). Africa/Capetown (four days pre- or three nights post-cruise, prices starting from $1065). South America/Iguassu Falls (three days pre- or post-cruise, prices starting from $835).
SITA’s packages provide for luxury or deluxe hotels with airport and cruise port transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees. In most cases the itineraries are of three nights duration pre cruise and two nights post cruise and include two meals daily.