Destination specialist Voyages of Discovery announces exceptional savings on its Summer 2009 cruisetour program – doubling the early booking savings!

For a limited time, guests can take advantage of double Early Booking savings discounts, of up to 50% on some departures, along with FREE to $199 air add-ons from Voyages of Discovery gateways. Special rates for single travellers are also available.

“Given the current economic climate, many of our guests may find it difficult to justify taking a hard-earned cruise vacation,” said Mark Flager, vice president of sales, marketing and passenger services. “We’ve restructured the pricing for our summer and fall 2009 program to ensure that their much-deserved holiday is even more affordable.”

Summer 2009 programs on the 650-passenger mv Discovery include a rare visit to Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle, on a 17-night North Cape, Arctic Circle and Russia voyage sailing July 16, 2009. Cruise Sale fares start at $2,850 per person.

A long-awaited return to the British Isles begins July 30, 2009, round-trip from London (Harwich) to the Scilly Isles, Dublin, Belfast, Oban and Dundee. Cruise Sale fares for the British Isles Discovery begin at $3,305 per person.

In addition to great savings, all Voyages of Discovery itineraries feature an extensive enrichment program. Top historians, diplomats, scientists and naturalists provide background and insight into the history, culture, flora and fauna of the destinations visited.

From May to late August next year, Voyages of Discovery’s summer voyages will sail round-trip from Harwich (London). Cruisetours include two hotel nights in London pre- or post-cruise with a half-day sightseeing included.

Beginning with the 10-night Norwegian Fjords I cruise departing May 21, 2009 guests can save as much as $1,045 per person off the Early Booking Fares and enjoy FREE to $199 air add-ons. Cruise Sale fares start at $2,350 per person.

The mv Discovery repositions to the Mediterranean on Aug. 31, 2009, on a 19-night Voyage to Venice, with Cruise Sale fares starting at $3,550 per person. Late-summer and fall cruise destinations include the French and Italian Riviera, the Adriatic and the Black Sea. The season concludes with a stunning antiquities cruise beginning Oct. 30, 2009, from Alexandria, Egypt to Barcelona, with calls at Libya, Tunisia, Malta and Sicily. Fares for the 15-night North African Treasures Cruise Sale fares begin at $3,470.

The Summer program also features four “Grand Voyages” that combine two or more summer cruises, offering excellent value for those who have more time to explore. Cruise Sale fares start at $7,595 per person for the Grand Mediterranean Odyssey & Black Sea 42-night voyage, departing August 31, 2009. Depending on the category booked, guests can save up to $6,355 per person off the Early Booking discount.

The Cruise Sale fares require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person to secure the savings. The Cruise Sale is First Come, First Served and can be withdrawn at any time. Guests currently booked on a Summer 2009 sailing can convert to this offer with the updated terms and conditions.