Travelocity Launches Dynamic Cruise Booking Engine

Travelocity
introduces its fourth-generation booking engine. New and improved consumer-friendly features build on the company`s commitment to providing the most comprehensive selection of affordable cruise getaways and cruise tools anywhere.


In time for wave season, cruisers can take advantage of Travelocity`s latest technological advancements and enhancements to the cruise booking engine and homepage that include:


Slice and dice: Travelers can now sort cruise search results by price, destination, departure date, length of cruise, cruise line, stateroom category, and/or class of ship all from the homepage - powerful new technology that helps price-conscience consumers set a budget and stick to it.


Switching gears: Refine or modify your search midway through the booking process without starting over from scratch—the only online travel site with this feature.


Upwardly mobile: Cruisers can now select the exact stateroom of their choice based on real-time inventory or upgrade their stateroom when available. For example, if an ocean-view stateroom can be booked for only $50 more than an inside stateroom, Travelocity makes the math easy and automatically gives the price to upgrade, allowing shoppers to make more informed purchase decisions instantly.

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See and believe: Shoppers can now simply roll over the stateroom names in the booking path for information on specifications and amenities through the innovative Intelli-Deck(TM) functionality which also displays images of other ship features such as restaurants and theatres.


Keep it simple: Travelers know exactly where they are in the booking process thanks to a revamped status bar that continually provides updates on how many steps are left before the transaction is complete.


Genie in a bottle: If questions arise during the reservation process, a host of new tips are now available to guide cruisers seamlessly through the process.


Ol` reliable: As always, with Travelocity`s comprehensive search results, the lowest possible lead rates for all room types are presented first to allow for side- by-side comparison.


“As the first travel Web site to sell cruises completely online, our experience working with the major cruise lines to bring the best deals to consumers for cruises spanning the globe is unparalleled,” said Michelle Peluso, senior vice president product strategy and distribution for Travelocity. “We will continue to reinforce our leadership position in the weeks to come as we roll out the next phase of our offerings. Cruisers shopping at our site can continue to expect nothing but an excellent experience from us.”


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