1.5 MILLION QUOTES, AWARDS AND HIGHLIGHTS
DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 19, 2006 – Celebrating its third anniversary, CruiseCompete.com today announced its annual awards as well as the achievement of a new milestone: its 200+ member-travel agencies have now provided more than 1.5 million cruise quotes to consumers looking for the best deals on cruise vacations.
CruiseCompete.com, the world’s only competitive cruise shopping Web site, experienced significant growth over the course of the year and was named as one of the “25 Best Value Travel Sites” on the Internet by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
“The ongoing success of CruiseCompete.com can be directly attributed to its clear value proposition and simple process for providing travelers with the best deals on cruises,” said Bob Levinstein, CEO of CruiseCompete.com. “Our service features innovative internet technology combined with a human touch, which is very attractive to people using the Web to plan their cruise vacations.”
CruiseCompete.com enables cruisers to select a ship and sale date, and their request appears instantly in agent accounts. Agents respond with their best offers, which often include value-added amenities and recommendations for cost savings.
Consumers typically receive 3-6 quotes from member agents. After comparing the quotes, travelers then contact the agencies directly for more information or to book their trip. Users remain anonymous until they contact an agent.
One of the most popular features added to CruiseCompete.com this year was the ability for visitors to provide and read comments on the services provided by top individual member travel agencies and agents.
“Our member-agents are at the core of our success, and we are proud to honor the top performers with our annual agent and agency awards for 2006,” Levinstein said. “Cruises-n-More is our CruiseCompete Agency of the year, and Esther Aimable is our top agent.” The complete list of winners is available online at:
CruiseCompete.com saves consumers time by finding the agent with the best deal for them. Consumers secure quotes for cruise deals from multiple travel agencies without having to contact each one separately. To date, more than 350,000 customers have accessed CruiseCompete.com to request cruise quotes from more than 200 member travel agencies around the country. Agents have provided more than 1.5 million quotes to consumers. CruiseCompete, LLC, is an independent company not owned by or affiliated with any travel agency. For more information, visit www.cruisecompete.com.
As reported on CNN.com:
“Using a cruise broker is the most cost-effective way to book a cabin. Rather than shopping around, go to CruiseCompete.com and enter your dates; several brokers will send you their best offers.”