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  CruiseCompete Company Background:

CruiseCompete is the leading global competitive cruise pricing website. See what the press has to say about us. We serve both experienced and first-time cruise vacationers, plus group requests.

We are the only web site that allows consumers and groups -- ranging from corporate meetings and incentives to weddings to family reunions and other group gatherings -- to submit a single cruise request and receive multiple independent offers.

Pricing is not CruiseCompete's only focus. It also offers an array of services to its customers, including some of the most sophisticated cruise search tools anywhere on the Internet. For example, a user can type in a desired port or country and then see all of the cruise sailings that visit that location. Once a particular sailing is selected, consumers can quickly and easily submit a quote request on the cruise to multiple travel agencies. Agents can also post special offers in various categories to help users identify sailings that are right for them.

Benefits of using CruiseCompete:

  1. CruiseCompete's specialists have an unmatched depth and breadth of cruise knowledge. They also have "insider information" on deals, incentives and add-ons that are typically not available to the public on most travel websites.

  2. CruiseCompete has a unique "cruise search tool" that enables consumers to find their perfect cruise based on ports visited.

  3. CruiseCompete is the only place on the Web where you can find customer reviews/ratings of cruise travel agencies.

  4. CruiseCompete's "suggest similar sailings" feature is a unique tool to help customers find the other cruise options that meet their preferred requirements.

  5. Today's cruise travel buyers have learned to do their homework and compare pricing and get the best value when buying a cruise--a substantial purchase. CruiseCompete is the ideal shopping tool to help consumers accomplish this quickly and effectively.

  6. CruiseCompete is continually expanding its cruise offerings and seeing a marked increase in travel shopping, particularly for the ultra-luxury lines, river cruise lines and adventure cruise lines.

  7. The stumbling block for many vacationers is that there is no way to know in advance which agency will have the best deal on any given cruise. Because agencies aren't allowed to advertise anything but the cruise lines' standard retail prices on their websites, travelers need to know which of the thousands of travel agencies are likely to have the best deals. CruiseCompete allows the consumer to review the agent's different offerings with one easy request. Launched late in 2003, CruiseCompete's competitive quote model is the key to their continued success. The site, which works with thousands of member agents, represents many of the largest cruise travel aggregators and agencies in the country.
How CruiseCompete works:
Once a cruise sailing is chosen, CruiseCompete users provide brief information, including the number of passengers and the types of cabins they are interested in, and then submit a quote request. Each request is immediately accessible to more than 300 CruiseCompete member travel agencies. Live agents view the consumer requests and respond with quotes in the system. Users are notified via e-mail each time a new quote is submitted and provided with a link to their account to view the responses.

All responses are displayed on the same screen and are shown with all taxes, charges, and included bonus extras -- making comparisons easy. Most requests receive 4-6 responses from agents, along with agent contact information, agency background and consumer ratings of agency performance. Consumers remain anonymous until they choose to contact a specific agency via phone or e-mail to ask questions or to book their vacations. Most bookings are made via telephone with a live travel agent.

Consumers can have up to three requests being processed at one time, enabling them to compare various cruise lines and itineraries as well.

Success:
CruiseCompete has been very well received by consumers and the press.

Since its launch in 2003, over 3,000 cruise experts have provided over 13 million quotes to over 3 million quote requests

Member Agents:
On CruiseCompete, nationally known cruise vacation agents and aggregators regularly submit best-price quotes to consumers.

Media Accolades:
Travel experts and media have praised the innovative CruiseCompete website, including mentions in Travel + Leisure, Money Magazine, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, thestreet.com, Frommer's Budget Travel, the Los Angeles Times, SmartMoney, The Washington Post, SmarterLiving.com, the Chicago Tribune, MSNBC.com, USA Today and the Associated Press, as well as many regional newspapers.

In addition, CruiseCompete is recommended by a number of cruise guidebooks, such as Econoguide Cruises, The Unofficial Guide to Cruises and Fodor's Caribbean Cruises.

Cruise Market:
More people are cruising than ever before and they're cruising for greater lengths of time. Cruise vacations are fun, safe and offer a wide variety of amenities and recreational activities that appeal to all vacationers. More than 13.5 million travelers worldwide enjoyed a cruise vacation in the last few years.With over 17,000 travel agents nationwide, the challenge for consumers is to find the best deal possible on selected cruise sailings. Offers can vary dramatically from one agent to the next in this highly competitive business.

Objectivity:
CruiseCompete LLC, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is an independent company, not owned by or affiliated with any travel agency.

Management:
R. Levinstein, CEO

Media Contact:
Heidi Allison
Member, Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
Member, North American Travel Journalists (NATJA)

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