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September 17, 2007

CruiseCompete 4th Anniversary: September 15, 2007

Since CruiseCompete launched in 2003, our member-agents have provided close to 3 million custom cruise quotes in response to requests from cruisers. We've been incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated group of travel professionals who are not only hard working and great at their jobs, but a pleasure for us to work with.

I would also like to take a moment to thank you, our member-cruisers. We appreciate your business, and also your willingness to provide the comments and feedback that have guided us in our continued efforts to improve our service. The greatest compliment we get is when you tell others about CruiseCompete--whether on a cruise, in your daily life, or through your postings on the web. Personal referrals means more to us than I can adequately express--thank you so much for each and every time you've mentioned our name.

I wish you all safe travels, and happy cruising!

A Family Vacation makes The Holidays Memorable

The 2007 holiday season is almost here. For those families and friends looking for a unique way to wrap up the year, here are seven great reasons to book a cruise between now and early January:

Reduce Holiday Stress The hustle and bustle of the holidays, accompanied by plenty of stress, can ruin the holiday cheer. Rather than worrying about accommodating everyone at family gatherings, people taking cruise vacations over the holidays simply relax and let cruise staff take care of it all. Enjoy all of the holiday trimmings on a ship!

Weather There is no snow on a cruise, unless it is made artificially. A sun-soaked holiday on a Caribbean or Mexican cruise is unlike any other. Winter coats, earmuffs and snow boots can stay packed a little longer, while bathing suit season gets extended.

A Unique Gift Just how many video games does a family need, not to mention jewelry for mom or new pajamas for dad? If someone is looking for truly memorable gifts for loved ones over the holidays, a cruise vacation is a break from the norm. Plus, the gift giver usually goes along on the trip.

Family Memories Getting a teenager to enjoy a family vacation is not easy. But mention the idea of a cruise and they are the first in line out the door. There are plenty of things to do on a cruise as a family or on one's own, including special activities and places to hang out for kids and teens.

Unbeatable Value This year, the cruise lines are offering great deals on family cruises for the holidays. An all-inclusive cruise vacation, featuring accommodations, food and most entertainment, can save families lots of money versus land-based resorts over the holidays. A number of seven-night voyages can be booked now through early January ranging in price from $ $1,000 per person.

Entertainment There is no time for kids of any age to be bored on a cruise ship. Spending the holidays on a cruise means swimming, surfing, rock climbing, water sports, games, music, exploring, dancing and more fun. Age-appropriate, supervised children's programs keep them busy. On-board teen clubs on many ships give older kids a break from mom and dad and vice versa.

Picturesque Ports Secluded, white sand beaches and tropical greenery abound at the Caribbean and Mexican ports of call, plus the cruise lines' popular private islands. In addition, various historic ports throughout the region celebrate the holidays in grand style, providing cruise guests with different holiday scenery to remember.

If you have 8 or more cabins to book, remember to visit CruiseCompete Groups where there may be additional amenities for family gatherings.

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