DES MOINES, Iowa, May 7 /PRNewswire/ — Despite the nation’s economic slowdown, CruiseCompete.com today reported it has experienced a 25 percent increase in year-over-year sales for the first four months of 2008. CruiseCompete.com is providing more than 4,000 cruise quotes per day to prospective cruise travelers.
“Budgets may be tight, but most people are not willing to give up their vacations,” said Heidi Allison-Shane, CruiseCompete.com spokesperson. “CruiseCompete.com instantly makes consumers smarter shoppers by letting many of the biggest cruise agency specialists compete for their business. More families and groups seem to be booking cruises so far this year. Cruises offer something for everyone and typically are the best vacation value out there.
“Seven night Mediterranean cruises appear to be the most heavily booked right now. We’re seeing lovely Mediterranean cruises with a balcony on a luxury ship being booked for as low as $3,000 or less for a couple.”
Other extremely popular destinations include the Caribbean, South America, Hawaii and the Canada/New England region. Many Alaska cruises for this summer are already sold out and holiday season voyages to the Caribbean also are filling up.
Why is CruiseCompete.com so popular? CruiseCompete.com mixes Internet technology with the expertise of hundreds of experienced cruise specialists to provide consumers with great values as well as sage advice. It is the only Web site that allows consumers and groups, from corporate gatherings to wedding parties to family reunions and others, to submit a single cruise request and receive multiple, independent offers from cruise specialists, ensuring they find the best deal possible on their vacations.
CruiseCompete.com ( www.CruiseCompete.com )
— World’s only competitive cruise pricing Web site that enables consumers to obtain the best deals on cruise vacations.
— Consumers secure quotes for cruise deals from hundreds of member cruise specialists, without having to contact each one separately.
— A consumer can submit up to three cruise requests at one time, enabling them to compare various cruise lines and itineraries.
— Since its launch in 2003, the Web site’s cruise specialists have provided four million-plus customized cruise quotes in response to requests from over 425,000 registered users.
— CruiseCompeteGroups.com ( www.CruiseCompeteGroups.com ) helps consumers planning any type of group travel events to obtain the best deal for their gatherings.
— CruiseCompete LLC is an independent company not owned by or affiliated with any travel agency.
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Heidi Allison-Shane, +1-248-628-3505, Allison@AllisonTaylor.com, for CruiseCompete