It was just a few weeks ago the popular cruise reviews site debuts a new look, blog, and social media tools to provide cruise travelers with the best information possible to plan their dream cruise vacation. And now cruise enthusiasts are joining in on the conversation.
—September 15, 2009—In over 10 years of providing relevant cruise travel content on the Internet, Travel Direct Corporation, a leading travel management company, and it's Cruise Reviews Online web site focused on helping guests create their dream cruise vacation through insider information, cruise reviews written by travelers and professional travel writers and insight on where to find the best cruise deals. With the launch of their updated website, Cruise Reviews Online provides new content, hundreds of new cruise reviews and social networking tools focused on information about cruise travel and services to further assist cruise travelers in planning their perfect cruise vacation. The web site helps guests simplify their choices. There are many breathtaking destinations and activities to peruse through when planning a cruise vacation. A traveler's personal review of their experience can quickly help narrow down the options that are best, depending on the type of traveler they are. Reviewers can point out some of the most popular onshore destinations, activities a cruiser won't want to miss, what to avoid, items to be sure not to forget, and maybe even out-of-this-world shopping or foods to sample onboard or onshore.
Since it's debut two weeks ago, there has been quote a buzz among cruise enthusiasts about the new sites features.
Cruise Reviews Online offers insightful cruise reviews , rankings and ratings on thousands of cruise vacations, complete itineraries with maps, ship deck plans, and port information. Guests can now select from hundreds of cruise reviews of 16 cruise lines. Guests can compare cruise ship vital statistics, reviews and ratings representing over 95 cruise ships. There is a weekly Top 10 list of the most popular itineraries.
The new Cruise Reviews Online website focuses on providing comprehensive information about the most popular cruise ships and lines and detailed information of the world’s best-traveled destinations. With detailed descriptions of hundreds of destinations, and in-depth cruise reviews, travelers can find the cruise vacation that best fits their needs. Whether a guest is planning a singles, couples, honeymoon, senior or group cruise, cruise and land tour, cultural or theme cruise vacation, Cruise Reviews Online has the information, expertise and experience to help guests successfully migrate through the planning process.
The web site helps guests simplify their choices. There are many breathtaking destinations and activities to peruse through when planning a cruise vacation. A traveler's personal review of their experience can quickly help narrow down the options that are best, depending on the type of traveler they are. Reviewers can point out some of the most popular onshore destinations, activities a cruiser won't want to miss, what to avoid, items to be sure not to forget, and maybe even out-of-this-world shopping or foods to sample onboard or onshore.
"We've now made it faster and easier for first time cruisers and seasoned travelers alike to get unedited and unbiased information in a social networking environment. Guests can find about their favorite cruise lines and ships with just a few quick clicks of the mouse. In one fell swoop, guests can find a wealth of useful information. With this information in hand, they are able to make the most intelligent choice about their cruise vacation." said Marty Trencher, President of Travel Direct Corporation, which operates Cruise Reviews Online. Web address: www.cruisereviewsonline.com
The new site also includes a blog and social media networking platform.
New forums allow travelers to post any question or comment related to cruising. Discuss cruises, cruise ships, cruise lines, cruise reviews, cruising and ports of call. Here they will find.. cruise message boards, cruising info, cruise ship forums, cruise discussion boards, cruise chat, cruise line forums, a cruise message board, a cruise bulletin board, and cruise reviews.
Each registered Cruise Reviews Online member can have their own personal cruise page (PCP). This is sort of like a cruise-oriented "home page" where cruise enthusiasts can network with their friends, family and other cruise buddies. The interface should be familiar to anyone who has used Facebook or Twitter. Members can track their favorite cruise lines, itineraries, ships and reviews. They can post messages to their page, upload photos into albums, track their previous cruise history and post their own cruise reviews. The new "Rate, Rank and Review" feature lets members share their onboard and onshore experience with others. Members can even link their review to other social media websites like Twitter or Facebook. Members are further encouraged to invite their friends to join and become a part of their network. Only friends can view the Personal Cruise Pages of other friends. Members can also use their personal cruise page as a "cruise blog" where they can document the day-to-day experiences when on their cruise.
Members can join any number of "Fan Clubs". A Fan Club is a group of members uniquely interested in something they find on Cruise Reviews Online. For example, a member might join the Carnival Cruises Fan Club, or the Celebrity Equinox Fan Club. By joining a Fan Club, links to these items will appear in the member's My Favorites section on the personal cruise page. One of the blogs updates regularly with destination insights from around the globe. Written by travel specialists, each blog shares firsthand accounts of premier travel destinations.
Members can "Ask An Expert" - either one of our professional travel writers, a cruise travel advisor as well as a qualified cruise traveler. If a member needs to know about a destination, cruise ship or shore excursion it's easy to get an answer from our team of experts. Just as easy from our knowledgeable past guests, when they submit a question. Or, members can browse other guests' questions, then share their insight by providing answers.
According to Marty Trencher, Managing Director, "The Internet isn't just about cruise deals. It also is about getting rock-solid travel advice, not just from the experts but from fellow travelers. We want to provide innovative content and services that will help guide those travelers through the planning process, from the beginning of an idea through the reservation process, all the way to when they board their ship and beyond.”
About Cruise Reviews Online
Visitors to Cruise Reviews Online can read hundreds of cruise line reviews and cruise ship reviews by travelers and cruise experts on today's most popular cruise ships. Unbiased and unedited, they share their cruise experience with guests to the web site. Cruise Reviews Online, one of the most recognized leading resources for fair and objective cruise reviews and a social networking site focused on information about cruise travel. Cruise Reviews Online contains information for over two dozen (24) major cruise lines including ship information on over 200 ships, 11,765 itineraries, 6,890 itinerary maps, 2087 ports-of-call, cruise specials, 1100+ cruise reviews, cruise-related articles, and a user-friendly cruise search engine that consumers will find very useful to research and find the perfect cruise.
For more information on Cruise Reviews Online and its services, cruise travelers can visit www.cruisereviewsonline.com