Working with its top-quality hotel partners in European cities where its intimate vessels begin or end voyages, The Yachts of Seabourn has lowered prices on optional pre- and post-cruise extensions, in some cases by as much as 18 percent. Combined with enhanced savings on its cruise fares in Europe this year, the small-ship cruise specialist offers tremendous value to travelers who want to extend their stays in some of Europe’s most appealing cities. The lower prices are for stays from July through November in 10 European cities.

“There’s never been a better value for a European vacation,” said Pamela Conover, Seabourn’s president & CEO. “At these prices, the chance to combine a Seabourn yachting voyage with extra days in the most beautiful hotels in Europe’s most exciting cities is reason enough to celebrate, all by itself.”

The rate reductions vary by city and property from about nine percent to 18 percent. They include accommodation at fine hotels such as the Gritti Palace and the Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice; the Grand Bretagne and the King George Palace in Athens and the Excelsior in Rome. Seabourn’s bundled extensions include full American breakfasts, transfer between the hotel and the pier, staffed hospitality desks, all taxes and service charges (including V.A.T.) and porterage.

In addition, Seabourn’s Destination Services Department recently designed over 100 new private excursions that guests can purchase to enjoy during their stays.

The Yachts of Seabourn will have four vessels cruising in Europe in 2009. Seabourn Pride will be based in Northern Europe for most of the season, sailing round trip from Copenhagen to Scandinavia, Russia and the Norwegian Fjords. Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend will be sailing in the Adriatic Sea and along the French and Italian Rivieras, respectively. The industry’s first new ultra luxury ship in over six years, Seabourn Odyssey, debuts on June 24 at Venice and sails in the Greek Isles, Turkey and the Black Sea throughout the summer, before crossing to the Americas in the autumn. Fares for an array of 2009 voyages have been reduced by 50 to 65 percent, with all-inclusive fares starting from $2,999 per person for seven days, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite.