During this time of year the popularity and ship occupancy rates of cruise travel is at an all-time high, and many people call a cruise lines or travel agents only to be told that accommodations on the cruise they want is “sold out”.
“Just because a cruise line is showing a ship or cabin category as sold out, it doesn’t necessarily mean there are no cabins available,” said CruiseCompete CEO Bob Levinstein. “The trick, however, is in knowing where to look next.”
Bob has just launched a new on line service to help frustrated travelers find cabins on seemingly sold-out sailings.
Travel agencies which specialize in cruises commonly buy blocks of cabins on the most popular excursions, often at a discount.
Don’t believe that “SOLD OUT” sign
Even when a ship is listed as sold out, there may still be some agencies that has group cabin space available. But finding the agency that has the cabin you want on the ship you want, can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. In such situations this new web service, SoldOutShips.com may be a solution.
Consumers simply review the listings, and then request a custom quote on any sailing
At any given time, this on line service lists dozens of cruise sailings that appear to be sold out, giving travelers the opportunity to find cabins no one else has. Consumers simply review the listings, and then request a custom quote on any sailing. The process is free, quick and anonymous.
Then, if there are questions or a person wants to book the cruise, they can speak directly to the agency offering the hard-to-find cabin. More than 100 top cruise aggregators have teamed with CruiseCompete to list scarce cabin inventory on this new Web site.
They booked over a half million cruises last year
Since agencies only pay CruiseCompete based on the cabins they actually book, the site provides a no-risk way for agencies to sell more cruises. “We buy blocks of cabins on hundreds of cruises,” said Steven Gelfuso, president of CruiseBrothers.com, one of the nation’s leading cruise aggregators, having booked its 500,000 th cruise last year. “Many of this year’s most popular sailings are already listed as sold out.
Travelers typically receive three to six quotes from which to select with no obligation to buy
CruiseCompete.com allows consumers to select a specific cruise, and then receive competing offers from any of the more than 100 travel agencies that are CruiseCompete members. Travelers typically receive as many as 3-6 quotes from which to select with no obligation to buy.
“Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced cruise traveler, CruiseCompete.com is an essential planning tool,” Levinstein said. “In just a few minutes you can be sure that you’re getting the best possible deal on your cruise vacation. Nobody else offers this type of on line service….. we save consumers time and money by enabling them to secure price quotes for cruises from multiple travel agencies without having to contact each one separately.” He added that CruiseCompete, LLC, is an independent company not owned by or affiliated with any travel agency.