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CruiseCompete: Since Our Inception in 2003,
We’ve Received Compliments and Mentions Each Year From
the World’s Most Influential Publications & Writers


Since 2011, and year after year,
Kiplinger.com lists CruiseCompete as one of the best 26 secrets to save on travel



From AARP & Fodor’s to The Wall Street Journal to … Time, Esquire, Kiplinger, LA Times, Globe & Mail, MSNBC, Retirement Millionaire Daily, The Street, Newsday, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Zagat, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Royal Caribbean Blog, Gayot, The Detroit News, The Boston Globe, plus Examiner, The Huffington Post and many, many more … the compliments and mentions here can give you insight into our website and why we are so highly acclaimed with travelers and the media alike! 

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Travel + Leisure 
CruiseCompete Named as one of … 
23 Sites to Help You Find the Best Deals on Flights, Hotels, and More

AARP
Great Ways to Save – 16 Ways to Travel Cheap – Number 6

The Wall Street Journal
The Best in… Travel: Cruise Deals

Travel + Leisure
CruiseCompete Takes Top Honors in Travel + Leisure's
“Top 60 Best Apps and Websites for Travelers”


Kiplinger
Best Travel Sites

Travel + Leisure
The Best Sites for Deals and Up-to-Date Travel Information

Retirement Millionaire Daily
A Luxury Cruise Without the Luxury Price Tag



31 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money
MSN – Canada Via Kiplinger


Examiner.com
Top cruise trends for 2016: What's new, what's hip?

Pauline Frommer on MSNBC
"A revolutionary new web site is going to change how you shop for cruises."

CNN.COM
… Specify which cruise ship you want … agencies then get back to you with best deals they have …

Los Angeles Times
What should you consider when planning a family cruise?
This free guide tells all!
Find a vacation cruise that suits you
16 things travelers should know before planning their 2016 adventures
Sailing this year? Here are 5 top cruise trends to look for in 2016


Zagat
5 Great Websites to Search for Amazing Cruise Offers

Fodor’s
How to Choose the Right Cruise …

The Street.com
Score Luxury Cruises at Bargain Prices

Yahoo Finance
26 secrets to save on travel (#23)

Gayot–The Guide to the Good life
Top 10 Cruise Lines for Specialty Dining – Unique Fine Dining Experiences at Sea, With the help of CruiseCompete

Examiner.com
Top 7 reasons CruiseCompete is best

Chicago Tribune
Spending: how to get the best deal on a cruise (from Kiplinger’s Money Power)

The Huffington Post 
The Ultimate List Of Cheap Vacation Resources


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How to Save Money on Travel
iCruiseGuide.com / Washington Post
August 2, 2018
http://www.icruiseguide.com/2018/08/03/how-to-save-money-on-travel/

Don’t Worry. You’re Not Too Young To Take A River Cruise
Considerable.com
Irene S. Levine
August 2018
To settle on the right cruise, check out the itineraries, onboard amenities, shore excursions, what’s included and what’s not, and per person costs. You can compare options at sites like cruise.com, Cruise Compete, and Seahub.
https://considerable.com/dont-worry-youre-not-too-young-to-take-a-river-cruise/

Talk About Travel
Washington Post
Carol Sottili
July 2018
You could also put this trip into a Web site such as CruiseCompete to see how other agencies price it.
https://live.washingtonpost.com/talk-about-travel-07-09-2018.html

Cruise companies offering reasonable getaways in this rough-seas economy
Northwest Herold
Beth J. Harpaz The Associated Press
Heidi Allison-Shane of CruiseCompete.com notes that on many lines, if you book a suite, you get additional freebies, for example complimentary passes to thermal lounges in spas.
http://www.nwherald.com/2009/01/23/cruise-companies-offering-reasonable-getaways-in-this-rough-seas-economy/aopr7ne/?page=3

23 Sites to Help You Find the Best Deals on Flights, Hotels, and More
Travel + Leisure 
Elizabeth Preske
May 19, 2018
When you factor in flights, hotels, transportation, food, and activities, planning a trip can become overwhelming and stressful. That's why we've put together a comprehensive guide to all the major travel deal sites for plane tickets, hotels and home rentals, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages
http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/budgeting-currency/travel-deal-sites


You Can Be Part Of Their Maiden Voyages
Los Angeles Times
Rosemary McClure
May 2018
"Everything is brand new and clean; it's like being the first person to sleep in a new hotel," said Heidi Allison-Shane, publisher of the website AllThingsCruise.com. Allison-Shane, who formerly worked for several lines, has been on more than 100 maiden voyages.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-cruise-news-20180506-story.html#

Booking a cruise? Here are 3 tips on how to do it for less 
Clark.Com
Craig Johnson
April 10, 2018 
With the vacation season underway, more Americans are gearing up for getaways in distant cities and destinations. While many prefer to travel by plane or even automobile, for others, it’s cruisin’ time.
But before you board that ship you need to do all you can to score a deal. After all, you’ll have much fonder memories of your trip if you know that you enjoyed yourself and was able to save some serious coin in the process.
Clark’s tips: How to book a cruise for less
https://clark.com/travel/how-to-save-money-when-booking-a-cruise/

CruiseCompete.com
The Globe and Mail
Wallace Immen
April 2018
When you get an offer, you don't have to book it immediately, although the price and the type of cabin can't be guaranteed if you wait, because cruises can sell out and prices can change, says Heidi Allison-Shane, a spokeswoman for Cruise Compete.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/cruisecompetecom/article18250825/

Can I Go On A Cruise While Pregnant? The Rules Are Surprisingly Strict 
Mommies.today
Mayra Rodriguez
April 2018
So, what are your options if you’re prego and longing for a little luxury on the high seas? Unfortunately, if you’re in, or close to, your third trimester, you’re probably not going to have many options, warned Cruise Compete. Most cruise lines do not allow anyone who is past 24 weeks pregnant, in accordance with guidelines from the American College of Emergency Physicians. 
http://mommies.today/can-i-go-on-a-cruise-while-pregnant-the-rules-are-surprisingly-strict/ 

26 Secrets To Save On Travel
Kiplinger.com
The Editors of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
March 2018
And cruise lines invite passengers aboard for the ride at deeply discounted rates. Look to CruiseCompete.com for current deals on repositioning cruises.
https://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T059-C000-S001-21-secrets-to-save-on-travel.html

26 Secrets To Save On Travel
Kiplinger.com
The Editors of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
March 2018
At CruiseCompete.com, submit your cruise preferences, and the site will relay your request to more than 300 travel agents, who will then make you their best offers.
https://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T059-C000-S001-21-secrets-to-save-on-travel.html 

The Best Cruise Deals This March 2018!
Beabroda.com
Bea Broda
March 2018
For more information on these promotions, or to book a cruise that features one of these promotions, please visit CruiseCompete at www.CruiseCompete.com
http://beabroda.com/cruise-ships/the-best-cruise-deals-this-march-2018/ 

Thrifty Thinking: 3 Simple Steps To Get The Best Cruise Deal 
Motherhood Moment
Bekah
March 2018
CruiseCompete member-agents are the most well-educated, forward-thinking and trusted cruise specialists in the industry.
https://motherhood-moment.blogspot.com/2018/03/thrifty-thinking-3-simple-steps-to-get.html 

How Much Does It Cost To Take A Trip To Jamaica & Puerto Rico? 
USA Today
Jae Allen, Leaf Group
March 2018
“Resources” 
Cruise Compete: MSC Cruises - MSC Poesia
http://traveltips.usatoday.com/much-cost-trip-jamaica-puerto-rico-61597.html 

Reasons To Consider A Wedding At Sea
The Active Times
The Editors
March 2018
The cruise travel experts at CruiseCompete point out several reasons why saying “I Do” at sea is a good idea. 
https://www.theactivetimes.com/water/n/reasons-consider-wedding-sea 

7 Exceptional Reasons To Consider An Inaugural Cruise 
The Active Times
The Editors
March 2018
CruiseCompete, the premier online cruise marketplace, has a list of seven things to love about an inaugural cruise, which is basically the first time a cruise ship sails with paying passengers.
https://www.theactivetimes.com/water/n/7-exceptional-reasons-consider-inaugural-cruise 

Emerald Waterways Opens Bookings For 2019 Yacht Sailings Along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast
Cruise Addicts
John Shallo 
March 2018
CruiseCompete.com allows you to easily compare multiple offers from Cruise Experts.
https://cruise-addicts.com/emerald-waterways-opens-bookings-for-2019-yacht-sailings-along-croatias-dalmatian-coast/ 


You cruised where? Far-flung destinations lure the cruising crowd off the beaten port
Boston Globe
Diane Bair
February 2018
One constant within the cruise industry is that the lines are always looking to create intriguing, ground-breaking experiences,” says Heidi Allison of CruiseCompete.comand AllThingsCruise.com. The CruiseCompete booking site has a search tool where travelers can plug in a desired destination and length of trip and find out which ships go there. Once you start scrolling, you’ll likely be astonished at how many cool ports—and how many countries— 
https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2018/02/06/you-cruised-where-far-flung-destinations-lure-cruising-crowd-off-beaten-port/3X2n2cowXLgxCdEOykf97M/story.html


Taking The Kids Annual Family Cruise Guide
Taking The Kids
Eileen Ogintz
January 2018
Cruisers communicate anonymously through the CruiseCompete.com inmail system to avoid unsolicited bids and spam. You’re in charge: you’ll review all the options, decide which are of interest, then contact the preferred agencies directly to book your trip.
https://www.takingthekids.com/travel-topics/cruises/taking-the-kids-annual-family-cruise-guide/#.WukTE4jwbIW 

Taking The Kids Annual Family Cruise Guide
Taking The Kids
Eileen Ogintz
January 2018
That’s where CruiseCompete.com comes in. Lauded by top travel publications, the site doesn’t sell travel but helps cruisers find the best values for where and when they want to travel.
https://www.takingthekids.com/travel-topics/cruises/taking-the-kids-annual-family-cruise-guide/#.WukTE4jwbIW 
Mexico named most popular cruise destination in 2017
LA Times
Rosemary McClure

January 2018
…(Mexico) won the popularity contest in an end-of-year cruise trends report by CruiseCompete.com. It was the "most popular country visited" for those sailing on general cruise ships in the Cruise Trends 2017 Annual Report, which collates data for the last 12 months "to produce a snapshot of the most popular consumer trends in cruising," according to the company.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-tr-cruises-mexico-favorite-trending-destination-20180105-story.html

CruiseCompete lets you in on travel trends. Snorkeling in Tahiti anyone?
LA Times
January 2018
"Papeete is a small, walkable city with a lively night life and restaurants," said Bob Levinstein, chief executive of CruiseCompete, which compiles statistics that give an inside look at consumer cruise trends… http://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-tr-cruise-column-20160327-story.html

How to Name Your Own Price for Cruises USA Today
Tammy Dray
January 2018 
Visit CruiseCompete.com and search for the type of cruise you want. The website allows you to search by date, length of cruise, destination or specific cruise lines. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/name-own-price-cruises-106087.html

Why booking a cruise far in advance may be the only way to get exactly what you want
LA Times

Rosemary McClure
December 2017
"In general, to get the best deals, you should either book early or book last minute," said Bob Levinstein, chief executive of CruiseCompete.com. http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-cruise-news-20171210-story.html

CruiseTrends report: Consumer behavior in cruise travel and tourism
eTurbo News
October 2017
CruiseCompete has released its CruiseTrends report for the month of October 2017. Cruise experts have mined the wealth of data to provide information on the most popular cruise trends among consumers, including the top ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river cruising. https://eturbonews.com/166660/cruisetrends-report-consumer-behavior-cruise-travel-tourism

Research Shows Anticipation of Travel Experiences Extends Vacations in The Mind, Planning is an Integral Part of the Vacation
BeaBroda.com
Bea Broda

October 2017
CruiseCompete has made dreaming about and planning travel experiences easier, offering online tools to book land tour activities or shore excursions at substantially discounted rates prior to arriving at a selected destination. http://beabroda.com/cruise-ships/research-shows-anticipation-of-travel-experiences-extends-vacations-in-the-mind-planning-is-an-integral-part-of-the-vacation/

We Dreamed Up an Innovative Way to Compare Cruise Offers from Multiple Cruise Travel Specialists
Business Insider
September 2017
The travel experts at CruiseCompete dreamed up a new way for travel consumers to find exceptional cruise deals. This revolutionary website has set the cruise-travel website standard, and this month CruiseCompete celebrates its 14th anniversary with close to 16 million consumer-requested quotes. http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/We-Dreamed-Up-an-Innovative-Way-to-Compare-Cruise-Offers-from-Multiple-Cruise-Travel-Specialists-1002384036

Revolutionary Website, CruiseCompete, Boasts Close to 16 Million Consumer-Requested Quotes on 14 Year Anniversary

Yahoo Finance
September 2017
The travel experts at CruiseCompete dreamed up a new way for travel consumers to find exceptional cruise deals. This revolutionary website has set the cruise-travel website standard, and this month CruiseCompete celebrates its 14th anniversary with close to 16 million consumer-requested quotes. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/dreamed-innovative-way-compare-cruise-170000272.html

Christmas market cruises are a gift that jump-starts holiday shopping and saves you money
LA Times
Rosemary McClure
August 2017
Here are two examples, both on Ama, from CruiseCompete. seven-night Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise departs Nov. 25 from Amsterdam to Basel, from $2,899 per person, or a seven-night Christmas Markets on the Danube from $2,149 a person, departs Dec. 1 from Budapest to Nuremberg.

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-cruise-20170820-story.html

Magnify the Sea’s Curative Properties with Anti-Aging Treatments – An Ocean of Healing & Restorative Powers On A Cruise Vacation
BeaBroda.com
Bea Broda

August 2017
Throughout history, physicians have recommended a trip to the seaside to cure what ails us. The effect is undeniable- but have you ever wondered why you feel so much healthier and more relaxed in the sea air?...If you’d like more information or assistance planning a future cruise and spa services, please visit CruiseCompete.com.
http://beabroda.com/cruise-ships/magnify-the-seas-curative-properties-with-anti-aging-treatments-an-ocean-of-healing-restorative-powers-on-a-cruise-vacation/

Isla Cozumel ranks high with cruise ship travelers, CruiseCompete says
L.A. Times
Rosemary McClure
June 2017
CruiseCompete’s data are drawn from the consumers who use the website to find cruise deals. Those requests contain data about favorite ports, destinations, ships and cruise lines. “We mine data to determine what is most popular across a variety of cruise categories,” said Bob Levinstein, chief executive. http://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-tr-cruises-mexico-cozumel-trend-20170612-story.html

31 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money
Kiplinger
By The Editors Of Kiplinger's Personal Finance

May 17, 2017
At CruiseCompete.commore than 300 travel agencies vie to give you the lowest prices for dates, ports and ships you specify, whether you're booking well in advance or at the eleventh hour. You set up a CruiseCompete account, and they send you their best offers without ever seeing your personal information. Plus, the site has live agents available to guide you through the process through a live chat or by phone.
http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T059-C000-S001-23-best-travel-sites-to-save-you-money.html

How to Find the Cheapest Cruises
Twitter
Johnny Jet

May 2017
I’m a big fan of using a travel agent when booking cruises—especially if it’s your first time. If you don’t know which agency to use or which one has the best deals, make sure to check out CruiseCompete! It’s a quick and easy way to get independent travel agencies to compete to offer you the best cruise deal. 
https://twitter.com/JohnnyJet/status/864902587895603201

6 Budget-Friendly Travel Ideas
AARP
Jayne Clark
May 2017
Hit the high seas on a cruise line that is moving ships seasonally from one region to another (such as the Caribbean to the Mediterranean in the spring, and the reverse in the fall). Since these one-way cruises require more sea days, they’re less popular, and that translates to lower fares. Added bonus: To fill staterooms, lines often sweeten the pot with free upgrades, shipboard credits and other goodies. Shop around on CruiseCompete.com for the best deal.
http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-2017/budget-friendly-vacation-ideas-photo.html
31 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money
MSN - Canada
Via Kiplinger

May 2017
Vacation Packages- At CruiseCompete.com, more than 300 travel agencies vie to give you the lowest prices for dates, ports and ships you specify, whether you're booking well in advance or at the eleventh hour. You set up a CruiseCompete account, and they send you their best offers without ever seeing your personal information. Plus, the site has live agents available to guide you through the process through a live chat or by phone.
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/travel/news/31-best-travel-sites-to-save-you-money/ar-BBBeQqM


10 Ways To Save Money When Booking A Royal Caribbean Cruise 
Royal Caribbean blog 
Secrets & Tips 
April 2017 
Travel agents are often the best people to assist in finding these booking incentive deals and we've become fans of using a site called CruiseCompete. 
http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2013/12/26/10-ways-save-money-when-booking-royal-caribbean-cruise


CruiseCompete lets you in on travel trends. Snorkeling in Tahiti, anyone?
LA Times
Travel

March 2017
Tahiti, the home of blue lagoons, misty green mountains and golden sunsets, has scored a win as one of the world's most popular cruise ports. The French Polynesian island, along with Amsterdam and Cozumel, Mexico, was among the top three destinations in a survey by CruiseCompete, an online travel company.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-tr-cruise-column-20160327-story.html

15 Travel Sites for Scoring the Best Deals
Esquire
Jill Fergus

March 2017
CruiseCompete.com- What you'll find: If cruises are your thing — or even if you are a first timer — you can get quotes from multiple travel agencies to get the very best cruise deal, perhaps a seven-night Canada/England sailing from Holland America. You can also get special deals, such as two-for-one cruises and select sailings where kids cruise free.”
http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/a54235/travel-sites-best-deals/

The Best Cruises for Your Money in 2017
Time
Kerri Anne Renzulli, Megan Leonhardt
March 2017
“And the value proposition is clear: The average per-person cost in 2016 was $169 per day, vs. $214 for the mega-ships MONEY surveyed, according to CruiseCompete.”
http://time.com/money/4695415/best-cruises-2017/


The Best of Cruise Lines' Idyllic Private Islands
Forbes
Lea Lane
March 2017
“ In fact, according to cruise experts CruiseCompete, private islands rank “Number One” on cruisers’ to-do lists.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lealane/2017/03/06/the-best-of-cruise-lines-idyllic-private-islands/#63c3aabb60da

CruiseCompete Breaks Down 7 Reasons to Take an Inaugural Cruise
Travel Agent Central
March 2017
CruiseCompete has released its list of seven reasons why travelers should consider taking an inaugural cruise, noting that avid cruisers often add these voyages to the top of their vacation lists due to the many perks and bonuses of the sailings.
http://www.travelagentcentral.com/cruises/cruisecompete-breaks-down-7-reasons-to-take-inaugural-cruise

Spring Brings A Slew Of Special Deals For Families Wanting To Relax, Recharge And Regroup With Their Peeps
LA Times 
Rosemary McClure
February 2017
“Cruise lines make things easy for parents and grandparents, said Bob Levinstein, chief executive of CruiseCompete, which helps travelers compare fares from multiple agencies.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-money-cruise-20170226-story.html

Should you choose a boutique cruise?
Boston Globe
Diane Bair
February 2017
“You can definitely capture the boutique hotel experience on a cruise, and at a variety of price points,” says cruise expert Heidi Allison Shane, publisher of www.AllThingsCruise.com and senior partner at www.CruiseCompete.com.”
http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2017/02/09/should-you-choose-boutique-cruise/TU8FiQb4QMCSqdwujXldMM/story.html

CruiseCompete's Annual Report: What Can We Learn?
Travel Pulse
Jason Leppert
January 2017
Every year, CruiseCompete compiles a very telling CruiseTrends Annual Report looking at the popularity of lots of industry categories from cruise lines to preferred sailing months.
http://www.travelpulse.com/news/cruise/cruisecompete-s-annual-report-what-can-we-learn.html


3 Great Ways to Score January Vacation Deals
Time.com- Money
Stirling Kelso
December 2016
“You’ll see some of the lowest cruise prices of the year in the first two weeks of January,” says Bob Levinstein, CEO of CruiseCompete.com.
http://time.com/money/4579921/january-travel-bargains-save-skiing-new-orleans-cruise/

In the Zika Zone, Deals Amid Uncertainty
New York Times
Elaine Glusac
October 2016
“They’re probably thinking that if they’re in the middle of the ocean, they’re not getting bitten by mosquitoes,” said Bob Levinstein, chief executive of CruiseCompete.com, a cruise comparison site, where a recent search turned up a seven-night cruise in December for less than $600 a person.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/travel/zika-deals-florida-caribbean-getaway.html?_r=0

The Best of the Cruise Industry
Luxe Getaways
Damon M. Banks
September 2016
“Working with Heidi Allison-Shane and her team at CruiseCompete, we have put together a collection of popular cruise choices for those trying to make an educated decision on which ship is best fitted for their next getaway.”
http://luxegetaways.com/fall-2016-cruises/?utm_content=buffer2bef5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Zika virus sparks concern among Florida tourism industry officials
Fox News
Eileen Ogintz
August 2016 
“At this point, bookings remain up compared to last year,” said Bob Levinstein, CEO of CruiseCompete.com.”
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/08/19/zika-virus-sparks-concern-among-florida-tourism-industry-officials.html

River cruises are gaining popularity as new routes arrive on US waterways
Amarillo Globe News
Dustin Turner
June 2016
“In the U.S. alone, river cruising has seen 22 percent growth over the past two years, said Heidi M. Allison, the president of CruiseCompete, a website for booking ocean and river cruises. She attributes the growth to the ease of cruising American rivers. “You don’t have to drive to an airport and fly to a port city then board a ship with thousands of other people. You can usually drive to any number of river ports. And you don’t need a passport,” she said. Allison added that the growth of cruising America’s waterways has been noticed worldwide. Viking, a leader in river cruises throughout Europe and Asia, will be entering the Mississippi River market with two new ships in 2017.”
http://amarillo.com/lifestyle/2016-06-17/river-cruises-are-gaining-popularity-new-routes-arrive-us-waterways

Growing pains for Fathom cruises to Cuba, Dominican Republic
Associated Press
Beth J. Harpaz
June 2016
“But travel agents say Fathom's reception has been lukewarm. "Fathom seems to be having a slow start and the agent members of CruiseCompete are not 100 percent certain the ship will ever sell out," said Heidi Allison-Shane, editor-at-large for CruiseCompete.com. She said CruiseCompete has had a number of requests for information about Fathom, "but very few bookings."”
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7a8b95215b304c279b9b9264770e9de5/growing-pains-fathom-cruises-cuba-dominican-republic

Antarctica Gets Hot for Another Reason: Tourists
Bloomberg.com
Justin Bachman
April 2016
“An Antarctic cruise is at least $10,000 and goes north from there, steeply, said Bob Levinstein, chief executive of CruiseCompete.com, which helps connect travel agents with cruise shoppers.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-25/antarctica-luxury-cruises-world-s-hottest-coldest-tourist-spot

Most luxurious cruise suites on the seas
TorontoSun.com
April 2016
“Think you're sacrificing luxury when booking a cabin on a cruise ship? The cruise experts atCruiseCompete.com beg to differ! The team has compiled a list of the most luxurious suites on the seas. These opulent rooms offer exceptional services and lovely ocean views, perfect for the discerning traveller. Click through our gallery to see CruiseCompete's picks for the most luxurious cruise ship suites.”
http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/14/most-luxurious-cruise-suites-on-the-seas

Book a ship excursion or plan your own outing? It's a tough call
LA Times
Rosemary McClure
April 2016 
“Bob Levinstein, chief executive of CruiseCompete.com, often advises against ship excursions.”
http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-cruise-column-20160417-story.html

How to save on a cruise
LATimes.com
Rosemary McClure
April 2016
Shop around: Surf the Web for deals, which will help you find the sailings with the lowest demand and thus the greatest value, said Bob Levinstein, chief executive of CruiseCompete. Once you find a sailing you like, get custom quotes directly from agents. 
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-cruise-column20160424-snap-story.html

Best upscale cruise ship cabins for your next family sailing
LATimes.com
Mary Forgione
March 2016
“If you want to kick it up a notch on your next family cruise, CruiseCompete offers some suite suggestions.”
http://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-trb-best-cruise-cabins-family-20160324-story.html

Cruise Trends: Will They Hold in 2016?
Forbes.com
Lea Lane
January 2016
“The following trending reports on cruising are compiled based on consumer quote requests and transactions. Consumers request an average of more than 25,000 cruise quotes per month via CruiseCompete.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lealane/2016/01/10/2015-cruise-trends-will-they-hold-in-2016/#4f280793753c

Retirement Millionaire Daily
A Luxury Cruise Without the Luxury Price Tag
Dr. David Eifrig
January 2016
http://retirementmillionairedaily.com/a-luxury-cruise-without-the-luxury-price-tag-2/

BellaOnline
How To Find A Great Cruise Deal
Nancy Shretter - Cruise Editor
January 2016
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art302300.asp

Los Angeles Times
Sailing this year? Here are 5 top cruise trends to look for in 2016
January 2016
Here are five trends CruiseCompete says to look for in 2016.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-trb-cruise-trends-2016-20151230-story.html


Examiner.com 
Top cruise trends for 2016: What's new, what's hip?
January 2016
What are the trends in cruising for 2016 and what can travelers expect from the cruise industry? CruiseCompete revealed its list of emerging trends based on its own research and on feedback from consumers who visit the site.
http://www.examiner.com/article/top-cruise-trends-for-2016-what-s-new-what-s-hip

Travel Agent Central
CruiseCompete Names Top Cruise Trends for 2016
January 2016
What's next for cruise travel in 2016? CruiseCompete has compiled a list of top cruise trends for the coming year, based on feedback from the company's customers. 
http://www.travelagentcentral.com/cruises/cruisecompete-names-top-cruise-trends-2016-54581


Navigating Discount Travel Sites
RealSimple.com
Susan Stellin
Copyrighted in 2016
Cruise Compete
To plan your trip: cruisecompete.com.
Best for: Cruises.
Winning features: Choose a cruise and, within a few days, the site’s network of 400-plus travel agencies will search for the lowest price they can offer for it. Most customers receive five to seven quotes via e-mail; these may include perks like cabin upgrades.
http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/travel/travel-planning/discount-travel-sites/cruise-compete-travel

Los Angeles Times
16 things travelers should know before planning their 2016 adventures
December 2015
River cruises have become popular in Myanmar and China, even Ireland, but they're also to be found in the U.S., said Heidi Allison-Shane, president of the CruiseCompete booking site.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-16-things-20151227-story.html

Los Angeles Times
What should you consider when planning a family cruise? This free guide tells all
October 2015
The recently released 2016 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner written by Heidi Allison, the co-founder of CruiseCompete, is packed with reviews and practical tips to help you choose which cruise line is right for you and your family.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-trb-deal-family-cruise-planning-guide-20151016-story.html

The Globe and Mail
CruiseCompete.com
October 2015
If you're the kind of shopper who likes to check out all the options and make sure you are getting a competitive price, this cruise website is for you. You can review a relatively comprehensive listing of cruises available, and ask travel agencies to bid against each other for your business.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/cruisecompetecom/article18250825/


Travel Agent Central
Top 7 Most Popular Cruise Ships by Category From CruiseCompete
July 2015
The online cruise marketplace CruiseCompete has just revealed its list of the seven most popular cruise ships by category, according to thousands of consumer reviews between January and June 2015.
http://www.travelagentcentral.com/ocean-cruises/top-7-most-popular-cruise-ships-category-cruisecompete-52132


Los Angeles Times
Find a vacation cruise that suits you
June 2015
…Bob Levinstein, CEO of online marketplace CruiseCompete. Levinstein said many people worry that cruises are too expensive. The average expense per person is $2,200, including airfare, the cost of the cruise and onboard expenses such as cocktails and spa treatments, according to the cruise association. But people willing to shop around can find some astonishing deals.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/sc-trav-0609-cruise-vacations-20150602-story.html

Travel Agent Central
CruiseCompete Releases June 2015 CruiseTrends
June 2015
CruiseCompete has just released its monthly CruiseTrends report for June 2015. The report outlines the most popular cruises in a variety of categories, including consumer trends, top ships, departure ports, and luxury and river cruising.
http://www.travelagentcentral.com/trends-research/cruisecompete-releases-june-2015-cruisetrends-51703

Chicago Tribune 
Find a Vacation that suits you
June 2015
Bob Levinstein, CEO of online marketplace CruiseCompete… said many people worry that cruises are too expensive. The average expense per person is $2,200, including airfare, the cost of the cruise and onboard expenses such as cocktails and spa treatments, according to the cruise association. But people willing to shop around can find some astonishing deals.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-trav-0609-cruise-vacations-20150602-story.html?track=rss 

The Huffington Post 
The Ultimate List Of Cheap Vacation Resources
May 2014
Cruise Compete: an aggregator that helps you compare based on destination, date, length and line.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/09/the-ultimate-list-of-cheap-vacation-resources_n_5206351.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Miami Herald 
More than two dozen new cruise ships are on order
April 2015
“Perhaps more importantly, their numbers will keep cruise prices low, says Bob Levinstein, CEO of CruiseCompete.com, a major online travel marketplace. “We’re over capacity now and the ships keep coming,” Levinstein said. “That’s pushing prices down.””
http://www.miamiherald.com/living/travel/article16930706.html#storylink=cpy

Examiner.com
Carnival Vista's SkyRide Feature
April 2015
Contact your travel agency for more information or find the best cruise deals at CruiseCompete.com where Cruise Agents compete to win your business.
http://www.examiner.com/article/carnival-vista-s-skyride-feature


Newsday
Cruise trends of 2015
March 2015
… But there are still bargains. CruiseCompete.com has a webpage devoted to cruises less than $300, including three-night trips on Golden Princess….
http://www.newsday.com/travel/cruise-trends-of-2015-1.10006267

Examiner.com
8 predictions for 2015 cruising
January 2015
The cruise specialists at CruiseCompete, (who provide on average a million quotes a year,) are able provide insight on ocean and river cruising trends you might experience in 2015. 
http://www.examiner.com/article/8-predictions-for-2015-cruising

Kiplinger
20 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money
January 2015
At CruiseCompete.com, more than 300 travel agencies vie to give you the lowest prices for dates, ports and ships you specify, whether you're booking well in advance or at the eleventh hour. You set up a CruiseCompete account, and they send you their best offers without ever seeing your personal information. Plus, the site has live agents available to guide you through the process through a live chat or by phone.
http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T059-C000-S001-23-best-travel-sites-to-save-you-money.html?page=3


New Women’s Adventures
Chicago Tribune
Phil Marty, Special to Tribune Newspapers
September 2014
Families looking for a cruise line that will keep the kids happy should consider Royal Caribbean International, based on reviews at CruiseCompete.com. The cruise experts at CruiseCompete looked at reviews submitted by visitors to the site from January to June and found seven Royal Caribbean ships among the top 20 in the reviews.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-trav-0909-trips-20140909-story.html

Toronto Sun
World's top 20 cruise ships for families
August 2014
CruiseCompete.com, one of the world's top cruise marketplaces, has released its list of the world's top 20 cruise ships for families, based on the reviews of its users.
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/08/12/worlds-top-20-cruise-ships-for-families

Lifestyle WebTV.com
The Best Cruise Deals in July 2014 from CruiseCompete
July 2014
Keep up with the latest deals and promotions by following the CruiseCompete Blog athttps://blog.cruisecompete.com/.
http://lifestylewebtv.com/2014/07/02/the-best-cruise-deals-in-july-2014-from-cruisecompete/


Cruise Addicts
Newsletters of Particular Interest To Cruise Travelers
June 2014
CruiseCompete.com has a newsletter that is mostly offers from Internet cruise brokers. Look beyond that to a dynamic search engine that allows us to find interesting information like all ships that sail from a certain port, when they do and what to expect for pricing.http://www.cruise-addicts.com/forums/content/inside-cruise-vacations-chris-owen/1329-newsletters-particular-interest-cruise-travelers.html


The Huffington Post 
The Ultimate List Of Cheap Vacation Resources
May 2014
Cruise Compete: an aggregator that helps you compare based on destination, date, length and line.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/09/the-ultimate-list-of-cheap-vacation-resources_n_5206351.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063


Yahoo Travel
Party Like It's 1899 With These Round-the-World Cruises
May 2014
Heidi Allison, senior partner at cruise booking website Cruise Compete, told Yahoo Travel that their world-cruise bookings have increased 72% over the last five years.
https://www.yahoo.com/travel/party-like-its-1899-with-these-round-the-world-cruises-87230420917.html


New York Post
5 cruises to take you around the globe in style
April 2014
Heidi Allison, senior partner at cruise booking website Cruise Compete, told Yahoo Travel that their world-cruise bookings have increased 72% over the last five years.
http://nypost.com/2014/05/30/5-cruises-to-take-you-around-the-globe-in-style/


ETurbo News
Consumer trend reports for ocean and river cruises released
April 2014
CruiseCompete has released its CruiseTrends and Cruise Index reports for the month of April 2014.
http://www.eturbonews.com/44345/consumer-trend-reports-ocean-and-river-cruises-released

The New York Times 
Travel

March 2014
Choose Your Own Cruise The complexity of picking the right cruise has kept travel agencies flush for years. The accompanying flow chart, assembled with the help of CruiseCompete.com, a site that compiles competing cruise offers, is intended to help sort through some of the choices that factor into that decision-making process, from pricing to destinations to theme. At the end of each route, you will find a recommended option — but there are many more out there.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/16/travel/choose-your-own-cruise.html?_r=1


Yahoo Finance
What Is Your River Ship Size - XS, S, M or L? Choose the Perfect River Cruise Ship Size in 2014
February 2014
River cruises top the list of many vacationer's to-do lists and rightfully so. The charm of a river cruise cannot be denied. The pace is slower, so the experiences are richer ... To learn more about river cruises, or to book a cruise, please visit www.CruiseCompete.com.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/river-ship-size-xs-m-184133999.html

Toronto Sun
Top cruise trends for end-of-winter getaways
February 2014
Thanks to just-released data from the 2014 CruiseTrends report by CruiseCompete, the top ships, cruise lines and departure destinations for the upcoming cruise season have been revealed – and we're sharing the results with you so you can make the most when planning your own end-of-winter cruise vacation!
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/02/11/top-cruise-trends-for-end-of-winter-getaways

Bloomberg Business Week
A Caribbean Crowded With Ships Means Discounts for Cruise-Goers
February 2014
… Bob Levinstein, chief executive of CruiseCompete.com, which helps travel agents place bids for cruise itineraries … “There’s a glut of sailings in the Caribbean.”
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-12/a-caribbean-crowded-with-ships-means-discounts-for-cruise-goers

Kiplinger
5 Steps to Get the Best Deal on a Cruise (Kiplinger's Personal Finance)
February 2014
A good agent can land you freebies and the best cabin, as well as offer expertise in whatever kind of cruise you’re taking. At www.cruisecompete.com, cruise agents vie to find you the best deal.
http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T059-C011-S002-get-the-best-deal-on-a-cruise.html


Examiner.com
2014 Cruise Trends by CruiseCompete
January 2014
CruiseCompete has polled close to one million consumers, over 20 seasoned travel writers, plus cruising colleagues, to ascertain the latest trends in cruising for oceans and rivers.
http://www.examiner.com/article/2014-cruise-trends-by-cruisecompete

Fodor’s
What to Expect From Cruise Lines In '14

Main Street
January 2014
CruiseCompete says that so-called "educational travel" will be a big hit with consumers in 2014. Sea-going travelers want to "seek destinations related to places they have either read about or seen on television documentaries," the firm says, citing the Audie Murphy Memorial in France as one example of a popular destination
http://www.mainstreet.com/article/lifestyle/travel/what-expect-cruise-lines-14?page=1


The Street 
5 Travel Trends You'll See on the High Seas in 2014
January 2014
According to J.D. Power and Associates, 80% of all cruise line consumers experience a trouble-free excursion, paying on average $1,628 per person to hit the high seas….An online consumer cruise and travel service provider called CruiseCompete has a report on the travel trends that might induce even members of that 20% to come back.
http://www.thestreet.com/story/12199580/1/5-travel-trends-youll-see-on-the-high-seas-in-2014.html

Travel Mole
Pauline Frommer releases cruise insight for today's traveler
January 2014
Always use a cruise agent to book your trip because you are more likely to get extras, such as ship-board amenities and travel to and from the port. Cruisecompete.com is a site where cruise passengers can shop for an agent and a price for a particular destination.
http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?id=1134726


The New York Times
More Ships Sailing the Caribbean
January 2014
For example, prices on the nine-month-old Norwegian Breakaway or Allure of the Seas “won’t suffer much because they’re brand new or spectacular or both,” said Bob Levinstein, chief executive of CruiseCompete.com, an online agency. “Where there will be a lot of deals is on older ships. They offer great experience but don’t have the buzz.”
http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/more-ships-sailing-the-caribbean/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Miami Herald
New and larger ports in works, more choices for cruisers
January 2014
For passengers, any new destination is intriguing. “A major part of vacation planning is dreaming about where you wish to go,” said Bob Levinstein, CEO of Cruise Compete, a major travel agency. New ports and new itineraries fuel those dreams.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/25/3885807/new-and-larger-ports-in-works.html


Chicago Tribune
Spending: how to get the best deal on a cruise (from Kiplinger’s Money Power)
January 2014
At https://www.cruisecompete.com, cruise agents vie to find you the best deal.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-201401021130--tms--kplngmpctnkm-a20140124-20140124,0,1610238.story


How to Choose the Right Cruise: Couples Edition
January 2014
To get an idea of the itineraries offered during your vacation dates, do a search at an online travel site like … CruiseCompete.
http://www.Fodors.com/news/how-to-choose-the-right-cruise-couples-edition-10264.html


There's still time to catch a cruise ship for the holidays.
November 2013
Another consumer-smart option: Cruisecompete.com has an online list of cabin openings for holiday cruises on MSC, Princess, Disney, Royal Caribbean and Cunard. After you select a particular cruise, individual agents bid for your business.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-11-22/travel/sc-trav-1122-strip-christmas-cruise-20111122_1_cruise-ship-holiday-hassles-holiday-cruises

Top 7 reasons CruiseCompete is best
September 2013
While countless other consumer-oriented websites have come and gone during the past ten years, CruiseCompete continues to thrive. Why? The cruise travelers who use the site to research and plan their cruise vacations have their expectations exceeded and then recommend CruiseCompete to friends and family.
http://www.examiner.com/article/top-7-reasons-cruisecompete-is-best

Mediterranean Top sacred sites from CruiseCompete
September 2013
CruiseCompete reports the top Spiritual pilgrimages in Europe via Cruise Ship.
http://www.examiner.com/article/mediterranean-top-sacred-sites-from-cruisecompete


Spending: Secrets for saving on cruise fares
September 2013
Use an agent. A good cruise agent can land you solid deals, cabin upgrades and other extras. Find one… at https://www.cruisecompete.com, where more than 300 agencies vie for your business.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-201306131730--tms--kplngmpctnkm-a20130628-20130628,0,1652797.story


Kiplinger
23 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money
September 2013
At CruiseCompete.com, more than 300 travel agents vie to give you the lowest prices for dates, ports and ships you specify, whether you're booking well in advance or at the eleventh hour.
http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T059-C000-S001-23-best-travel-sites-to-save-you-money.html?page=3

Yahoo Finance
26 secrets to save on travel (#23)
June 2013
Use a travel agent. Cruises can prove more complicated than your standard trip by air or land, especially if you're a first-time cruiser, and booking snafus can cost you. And a good cruise agent can land you solid deals, cabin upgrades and other extras. At CruiseCompete.com, submit your cruise preferences, and the site will relay your request to more than 300 travel agents, who will then make you their best offers.
http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/26-secrets-save-travel-040001191.html?.tsrc=yahoo


Zagat
5 Great Websites to Search for Amazing Cruise Offers
March 2013
CruiseCompete.com–This free clearing house lets you choose your cruise and get competing bids from agents. Hundreds of agents have access to your request and respond with their best offers via the site.”
http://blog.zagat.com/2013/03/five-great-websites-to-search-for.html

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Clark Howard: Sail away with a deal on cruising
March 2013
“To check out deals on cruises, I have several websites for you to check out:
CruiseCompete.com, DealNews.com and VacationsToGo.com.”
http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/atlanta-bargain-hunter/2013/mar/07/clark-howard-sail-away-deal-cruising/


Travel + Leisure Magazine
CruiseCompete Takes Top Honors in Travel + Leisure Magazine's “Top 60 Best Apps and Websites for Travelers”
September 2012
Honorable Mention
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-apps-and-websites-for-travelers/9


Travel + Leisure
Most Important Travel Trends of 2012
August 2012
“’An explosion of capacity in the luxury cruise market is helping to drive never-before-seen early-bookings,’ says Bob Levinstein, CEO of deal site CruiseCompete, citing Azamara Club Cruises’ and Seabourn’s growing fleets.”
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/most-important-travel-trends-of-2012/5


AARP
Great Ways to Save – 16 Ways to Travel Cheap – Number 6
June 2012
“Smooth sailing. Cruises — especially shorter and less-expensive sailings, but luxury trips as well — will be bargains by midsummer and fall. Check out cruisecompete.com.”
http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-06-2012/16-ways-to-travel-cheap.html


CNN.com / BudgetTravel.com
Secrets to the most popular cruise ports
March 2012
If you're planning a cruise in 2012, chances are high that you'll be traveling to the Caribbean. According to CruiseCompete.com's annual report, nine of the ten most popular cruise ports in the world are in the Caribbean (or close enough to count). The website's list, which is compiled from cruise quotes requested by potential customers, shows that Alaska is also a perennial favorite for cruisers. Several Inside Passage ports made the cut, with Juneau coming out as the most requested cruise stop in the 50 states.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/07/travel/popular-cruise-port-secrets/index.html



Successful Meetings
CruiseCompete Previews Fall, Winter Cruise Trends
August 2011
“Before they book a fall or winter cruise event, meeting planners and incentive specialists should consider the latest cruise trends, published … by cruise booking website CruiseCompete…”
http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Conference-News/Research-White-Papers/Articles/CruiseCompete-Previews-Fall,-Winter-Cruise-Trends/ 



The Wall Street Journal
The Best in… Travel: Cruise Deals
November 2009
“As with virtually every part of the travel industry, cruise lines are offering some sizable discounts to fill their ships. CruiseCompete is a great place to begin looking for bargains. Based in Des Moines, Iowa (with nary a cruise ship in sight), the service asks you first to pick a cruise ship and the dates you wish to sail. It then shares that information with more than 300 travel agencies, which email prices back to you. You pick the lowest bid and book with that agent. The service is free. Clicking on "View all Cruise Specials" on the Web site's home page allows you to search cruises by various categories: region, cruise line, length of cruise and type of traveler. To learn more, visit CruiseCompete.com.”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704746304574505881588371464.html



CNN.com / BudgetTravel.com
How to earn more frequent-flier miles
September 2009
Word to the wise: To get airline miles from a cruise line, you have to book through the airline's reservations system -- meaning you may pay more. Confirm that you're getting a good price at cruisecompete.com, where you pick a cruise and then agents e-mail you their best offers.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/traveltips/09/11/frequent.flier.miles/index.html

CNN.com / BudgetTravel.com
Family cruises, easy as 1-2-3
December 2007
You may also want to check out CruiseCompete.com. This online service allows you to specify which cruise ship you want to sail on and when. Cruise-only agencies then get back to you with the best deals they have for that particular cruise.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/getaways/12/04/planning.family.cruise/index.html

Gayot–The Guide to the Good life
Top 10 Cruise Lines for Specialty Dining- Unique Fine Dining Experiences at Sea
“With the help of CruiseCompete, we have compiled a list of the best cruise lines for specialty dining, all of which offer a wide range of options, from upscale steakhouses to casual Coney Island-style boardwalk stands to haute French and Italian venues curated by top restaurateurs and celebrity chefs.”
http://www.gayot.com/travel/cruises/top10cruises-specialty-dining/main.html

Kiplinger
23 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money…Find the best deals online……….
September 2012
“At CruiseCompete.com, more than 300 travel agents vie to give you the lowest prices for dates, ports and ships you specify, whether you're booking well in advance or at the eleventh hour. You provide an e-mail address and they send you their best offers. Plus, the site has live agents available to guide you through the process through a live chat or by phone.”
http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/best-travel-sites-to-save-you-money3.html?kipad_id=33



USA Today- Weekend
Smooth sailing- Summer sales make cruises even more tempting
August 2012
“Save on travel agents. Make sure in writing that if your fare drops, your travel agent will refund the difference without a fee or penalty, and make sure you can get your deposit back if you cancel by the final payment date. Travel agents will bid for your business oncruisecompete.com by lowering prices or throwing in free extras.”
http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20120817/LIVING01/308170012/Smooth-sailing


Pauline Frommer
March 2012
“What’s Right and What’s Wrong in Travel” (5 Things Pauline Frommer Liked) “Cruise Prices Drop -The reason for the prices drops is that when the world economy was rolling, cruise lines ordered mega ships with a ton of rooms. Now they have to fill those cabins in a global recession. How do you do that? You drop the price until people start showing up at the docks ready to hit the open seas. Never book from the cruise lines directly. Use a cruise specialist travel agent or a site like CruiseCompete.com”
http://nodebtworldtravel.com/2010/03/couldnt-be-there-new-york-times-travel.html


The New York Times
For Cruise Deals, the Time Is Now
February 2012
“You can hunt and peck for such online deals on your own by plugging in your state of residence, or you can work with an agent who specializes in cruises to figure out how much you’ll actually save on a particular sailing. One place you can find an agent isCruiseCompete.com ….”
http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/travel/after-a-shipwreck-cruise-lines-try-to-win-passengers-back-with-discounts.html?_r=0


FoxNews.com
Secrets to the 10 most popular cruise ports
February 2012
“According to CruiseCompete.com's annual report, nine of the ten most popular cruise ports in the world are in the Caribbean (or close enough to count). The website's list, which is compiled from cruise quotes requested by potential customers, shows that Alaska is also a perennial favorite for cruisers. Several Inside Passage ports made the cut, with Juneau coming out as the most requested cruise stop in the 50 states.”
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/02/27/secrets-to-10-most-popular-cruise-ports/

Bloomberg Business Week
2012
“CruiseCompete LLC operates a cruise pricing Web site that enables cruisers to find and compare deals on cruise vacations.”
http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=44516488


The Street.com
Best of the Best -- Cruises are Afloat Despite Caribbean Fatigue
November 2011
Read The Street’s interview of CruiseCompete’ s Chief Executive Bob Levinstein
http://www.thestreet.com/story/11313741/1/cruises-are-afloat-despite-caribbean-fatigue.html


Budget Travel -- MSNBC / Overhead Bin
July 2011
“Now's the perfect time to book a fall repositioning cruise. When cruise ships change locations, like many will in the coming months, passengers going along for the ride often score remarkable deals. CruiseCompete makes it easy to browse all sorts of repositioning cruise specials in one spot …”
http://overheadbin.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/07/27/7178525-nows-the-perfect-time-to-book-a-fall-repositioning-cruise


Kiplinger
Best Travel Sites
March 2011
“At CruiseCompete.com, more than 300 travel agents vie to give you the lowest prices for dates, ports and ships you specify -- whether you're booking well in advance or at the eleventh hour. You provide an e-mail address and they send you their best offers. Plus, the site even staffs live agents that guide you through the process via live chat or by phone.”
http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2004/06/travelsites.html

Kiplinger
Secrets to Save on Travel
March 2011
“Visit CruiseCompete.com, where you submit your cruise preferences and more than 300 travel agents compete for your business.”
http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2009/09/21-travel-secrets.html



The New York Times
The Cruise Issue: Practical Traveler -- How to Find Cruise Line Deals
February 2011
“… CruiseCompete.com, allows you to select the cruise you want to take, and independent travel agents compete to offer you the best deal. You compare the offers in your account, and then contact the agent with the best rates directly by phone or e-mail to book.”
http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/travel/13pracdeals.html

The Street.com
Score Luxury Cruises at Bargain Prices
June 2010
“The best way to get a good deal is to put it out to bid. CruiseCompete.com enables travelers to plug in details -- destination, season, bargain or luxe line, length of trip and so on -- submit a cruise request, and review competitive bids from travel agents.”
http://www.thestreet.com/story/10788621/1/score-luxury-cruises-at-bargain-prices.html

Travel + Leisure
Ask T+L: San Francisco Dining, Affordable Cruises, Spain Tour
February 2009
“Search…forums like…cruisecompete.com, which submits your desired ship, sail date, and cabin type to dozens of travel agents, who get back to you with competing offers in just hours..”http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/ask-tl-february-2009


Los Angeles Times
A travel agent can help you find the best cruise and the best deal
July 2008
"You also can book through an on-line third-party agency or go to a site that will compete for your business, such as CruiseCompete.com. If I set sail again, I'll use an agent, whether it's clicks or bricks because, frankly, he or she (or it) will offer to help. And when was the last time anybody else in the travel industry bothered to do that?”
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-spot13-2008jul13,0,1439331.story

SmartMoney.com
6 Costly Mistakes Cruise Goers Make
May 2008
“To find the best deal on any given cruise, compare prices on CruiseCompete.com, recommends Anne Banas, executive editor of SmarterTravel.com. The site allows users to solicit multiple price quotes from agents around the country for the exact sailing dates you request.”
http://www.smartmoney.com/spending/deals/6-costly-mistakes-cruise-goers-make-23190/


Arthur Frommer
October 2007
“If you're an avid cruiser, you'll want to know about CruiseCompete. Let's say you've been attracted by a particular cruise -- a specific ship sailing on a specific date -- but you want to make sure you're buying it at the lowest possible price. That's a task for CruiseCompete.
http://www.frommers.com/community/forum.cfm/arthur-frommers-blog/arthur-frommers-blog/avid-cruiser-youll-want-cruisecompete


Travel + Leisure
Seek Deals
June 2007
“With large groups and advance planning come bargains, especially from cruise lines (see cruisecompete.com).”
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/all-together-now/sidebar/1\

Budget Travel
105 Supersmart Strategies
June 2007
“Let cruise brokers fight over you. CruiseCompete.com is a website where you post info on the cruise you want to take, and then agents bid against each other to get your business. You're under no obligation to buy anything if you don't like what you see.”
http://budgettravel.com/bt-dyn/content/article/2007/05/06/AR2007050600458.html


The Washington Post
What a Site: 36 Web Addresses You Should Know (CruiseCompete-Cruises)
2007
“Plug in cruise particulars and site peddles your request to nearly 90 travel agencies who then send you bids. Service is free, and prices are often lower than those on traditional cruise-booking sites.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48067-2004Sep24.html


Travel + Leisure
The Best Sites for Deals and Up-to-Date Travel Information
June 2006
As shown in sidebar: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/sail-away/sidebar/1

Travel + Leisure
12 Tips for Avoiding Storms at Sea
February 2005
“If you're price-conscious and you already know which line and ship you want, it's worth shopping around on … cruise-specific on-line agencies, such as …Cruisecompete.com.”
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/smooth-sailing

Frommer’s
Arthur Frommer Interview of CruiseCompete CEO Bob Levinstein
“As Bob (CEO CruiseCompete) put it, "Things that are posted out for everyone to see are not always the best price…”

Pauline Frommer on MSNBC
2004
"A revolutionary new web site is going to change how you shop for cruises."

About.com
Family Deals
“CruiseCompete.com -- Handy! This site organizes bargains by categories, and has a page for Family Cruise Specials: a good way to find cheaper cruises, on a variety of lines.”http://travelwithkids.about.com/od/familycruises/a/cheap_cruises.htm

LovetoKnow.com
Top 10 Cruise Web Sites
(CruiseCompete is No. 5)
http://www.lovetoknow.com/top10/cruises.html

USA Today
Comparison-shopping tools lure travelers
October 2003
“Would-be passengers register an e-mail address and fill out a form indicating which ship, cabin type and date they're interested in, and they are notified by CruiseCompete.com whenever one of 20 participating cruise agencies provides a rate quote. The service is free to consumers but not to the agencies, which pay a commission for any resulting sales.”
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/columnist/road/bly.htm

Money (in magazine only, not online)
Best Deals on Everything - Part 1
“The real fun of most cruises is exploring when the ship docks. Cruise lines typically mark up guided shore excursions 100%. Book one of those jaunts with a local company on your own instead, and you may save about $200 for a family of four”, says Bob Levinstein, CEO of online marketplace CruiseCompete.com.

 


 
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