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Discount for a Cruise

December 07, 1986|JACK ADLER

Another cruise discounter to consider in your planning and price comparisons is Tours of Distinctions, based in White Plains, N.Y.

This company handles both distress merchandise as well as cruises booked well in advance. The company has cabins in all categories with major cruise lines around the world until the end of 1987, a spokesman said. About half of the cabins would tend to be in the medium-priced categories.

The general range of discounts is 10% to 25%. To offset the early booking discount offers of various cruise lines, Tours of Distinction also tacks on its own early booking discount. In effect, you may get both discounts if you part with your money sufficiently before departure.

There are no service or membership charges, and you can pay by credit card.

Through a toll-free number you can get a quote on a specific cruise or ask for general information. You can also learn the regular price for a cruise at the same time you hear what the discount is, and be put on a gratis mailing list for flyers promoting various sailings.

In addition, the company will handle any air/hotel arrangements related to the cruise as well as any visa service, insurance, etc. Shipboard arrangements such as first or second sittings and no-smoking tables (if available) are also taken care of. Moreover, you can receive some free counseling, which can be particularly useful for first-time cruisers.

Contact Tours of Distinction at (800) 634-3445.

Alia-Royal Jordanian Airlines has a pair of discounts going. Under one you can get a free one-way ticket to Vienna, Amsterdam, the Middle East or the Far East if you buy one full-fare ticket. No advance purchase or minimum stay is needed. You and your companion would have to leave together, but you can return on different flights.

The offer is valid until May 31, 1987. Both return flights have to be no later than Aug. 31, 1987.

Alia has also extended until Feb. 28 its offer of a $100 Ya Hala discount on round-trip flights, using any fare, to any of its Middle Eastern destinations that include Amman, Cairo, Damascus, Kuwait and Riyadh. Your tickets have to be issued by Dec. 31 to get this discount, which doesn't apply during the Dec. 15-31 period.

Contact travel agents or Alia at (800) 223-0470.

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