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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cruise Direct Online Joins The Travelocity Partner Network, Adds New Online Cruise Booking Capability Offers Instant Savings and Availability. 12,000 Cruises Online Inventory And Guest's Own Personal Trip Planning Features, Added to Service Concept

Cruise Direct Online today announced it has enhanced it's web site, partnering with Travelocity to bring enhanced direct online cruise booking capability. Guests can choose to book online or have a Cruise Travel Advisor contact them about their choices. Plus Cruise Direct Online offers personalized trip planning features for their guest to help in vacation planning.
Cruise Direct Online's New Online Cruise Booking Capability Offers Instant Savings and Availability. 12,000 Cruises Online Inventory And Guest's Own Personal Trip Planning Features, Added To Service Concept.

December 18, 2009 -- Just in time for the industry's "Wave Season", the January to March 2010 period when travel agents do most of their yearly cruise bookings, Cruise Direct Online today announced it has enhanced it's Cruise Traveler's Ultimate Search Engine® branded web site with an updated state-of-art direct online cruise booking capability. Guests can choose to book online or have a Cruise Travel Advisor contact them about their choices. Plus, get personalized trip planning features to help in vacation planning. Cruise Direct Online has combined instant pricing, availability and personal service into one program they call "Sails and Service"(sm).


"Travelers love cruises, and the more choices you can offer, the better", commented Marty Trencher, Managing Director of Cruise Direct Online. "Our guests can browse, select and book online cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, the British Isles, the Baltic, the fjords of Norway, South America, the Mediterranean, Polynesia, the Indian Ocean and even world cruises" he added.

Cruise Direct Online's guests can now select from over 12,000 sailings for 2010-2011. Guests may choose from more than 80 ports of embarkation, including 24 close-to-home within driving distance of most residents of the US and Canada. Popular destinations include Alaska, Mexico, Europe, Bermuda, the Caribbean, The Far East, Africa, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Canada and South America.

Cruise Direct Online's offerings include cruises from 2 days to 105 days, on more than 96 cruise ships representing the top cruise line brands - Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Uniworld Cruises, and Windstar. Luxury, themed and specialty cruises are also available. The Last Minute Cruise Deals section offering great rates within 60 days of sailing, is also a popular new feature.

And for those interested in a more intimate, up close and slower paced cruise experience, Cruise Direct Online has new River Cruises offerings from AMA Waterways, Viking River Cruises, eWaterways, Uniworld River Cruises, and Avalon Waterways.

Cruise Direct Online provides instant price quotes powered by the Travelocity Partner Network. Guests get a "real time" look at what's available directly from the cruise line's own reservation systems. They can check the latest discount pricing, availability, make a cabin selection, look up an itinerary, Guests can peruse an extensive library of customer and Cruise Critic cruise ship reviews. View photos, cruise line movies,and over 3,700 Virtual 360° ship tours. Plus, see itineraries, deck plans, ship details, and more. Now Cruise Direct Online's Travelocity branded best deals are available to guests on a moments notice....any time of the day or night. 24/7. Plus, a call center for reservations and customer service available 24/7.

Cruise Direct Online even takes it a step further. Guests get the personal services of a Cruise Travel Advisor and any further applicable discounts if available; upgrades, resident or regional promotions, senior rates, past passenger coupons, or other savings, possibly making their cruise price even lower. The option to contact a Cruise Travel Advisor is integrated into the system.

Cruise Direct Online's "Cruise Travelers Ultimate Search Engine®" Features:

Advanced Cruise Finder® search engine

Instant online cruise booking

Over 18 cruise lines featured

Direct access to extensive inventory and low rates

Virtual 360° ship tours, deck plans and cabin layout

Personal cruise planner

Seasonal specials and repositioning cruises

Luxury, themed and lifestyle cruises

Facts about destinations and ports of call

Details on shore excursions

FAQ and in-depth cruise resources

Up-to-date articles and tips on cruising

Driving directions and travel tips

24/7 call center for reservations and customer service

Personalized Trip Planning

In addition to booking, Cruise Direct Online's MyCruiseOnline(sm) special feature provides guests with their very own cruise booking information online at the cruise line's official web site to help prepare them for their vacation. By planning ahead, guests are ensured an organized, well-thought-out cruise vacation experience. Cruise Direct Online's MyCruiseOnline feature allows scheduled cruise passengers to review booking details, search for frequently asked questions, check out their ship information, learn about the destinations, view maps, access the Port Guide that provides information on their ports of call, and purchase shore excursions, cruise and destination products and services. Guests can pre-register their preferences, complete important immigration and fulfill Homeland Security documentation requirements, all online. Guests even have the ability to print their own boarding documents, luggage tags and view weather reports of their destinations.

"We've now made it easier to search our site and find all the current up-to-the-moment cruise bargains with just a few quick clicks of the mouse. In one fell swoop, guests can find it all. We hope that with this new feature, guests will be able to find what they're looking for faster and easier on Cruise Direct Online." said Marty Trencher, Managing Director of Cruise Direct Online. "In this economy, low price and good old fashioned service are what consumers demand". We want to be there as consumers progressively embracing electronic bookings as a powerful and more efficient way of making cruise reservations. Now with real time, live access to the reservation systems of all the top cruise lines we have completed the service model we were looking for."

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Cruise Direct Online is a leading seller of discounted cruises online through its web site,  Celebrating it's tenth year on the Internet, Cruise Direct Online is owned by Travel Direct Corporation. Cruise Direct Online's web site has been certified by the Professional Internet Travel Alliance( PITA) Guest's can visit and/or register at their web site knowing that their personal information will be kept strictly confidential. Our company has adapted the PITA Rules of Conduct for Online Travel Sales and maintains the highest standards for ethical online business practices.

About Travelocity

Travelocity, a Sabre Holdings company, pioneered the online travel space and continues to be the most popular travel service on the Web, giving consumers access to hundreds of airlines, thousands of hotels and cruise, last-minute and vacations packages, and best-in-class car rental companies, all backed by 1,000 customer service representatives staffed to provide 24-hour assistance. With 44 million members, Travelocity is the sixth largest travel agency in the United States. It has been recognized worldwide for its leadership in the online travel space and it operates websites in several languages across four continents. The Cruise Booking Engine is owned and operated by World Choice Travel, a division of Travelocity, LP.

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