Crystal Cruises has launched a Standby program that enables last-minute travelers to sail the luxury line at up to 75% off brochure fares on five May-June sailings in Alaska, the Baltic and North Cape. Greatly reduced tiered pricing offers fares from as low as US$2,995 for 12-day cruises. Standby fares are based on availability, require a US$500 per guest deposit upon reservation, and will be confirmed on a “first requested, first confirmed” basis no earlier than 45 days prior to departure.Eligible cruises include: • 12-day Alaska cruises -- round-trip from San Francisco -- Departing May 9, 21 and June 2 • 11-day Scandinavia/Russia sailing -- Hamburg to Stockholm – Departing May 22 US$2,995 for Deluxe Stateroom with large picture window US$3,995 for a Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah • 14-day North Cape/Arctic Circle voyage -- Copenhagen to Stockholm – Departing June 13 US$4,995 for Deluxe Stateroom with large picture window US$5,995 for a Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah Standby fares on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are cruise-only, for new bookings, and do not include air transportation; port, security and handling charges; or “All Inclusive – As You Wish” spending credits. Fares quoted are per person, based on double occupancy accommodations, and other restrictions apply. Final payment is due within three days of confirmation. “We haven’t offered anything like this in almost a decade,” said Bill Smith, Crystal’s senior vice president, sales & marketing. “There is no doubt that travelers who make their decisions early are rewarded with early confirmation, a greater choice of accommodations, and value-added spending credits. However, there are people making travel decisions closer in, and this is an extraordinary opportunity for luxury travelers who just can’t plan their vacations far in advance.” Crystal Cruises’ resort experience includes a host of complimentary amenities, from enlightening enrichment workshops to pampering pillow menus and specialty dining featuring the cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio.