15th Feb 2000

Las Vegas (February 15, 2000) -, the leading online travel wholesaler, today announced the addition of a cruise reservations service to its award-winning Web site. Under the same successful model and philosophy their value-priced air/hotel packages are based upon, Travelscape Cruises allows consumers to book discounted cruise vacations or air/cruise packages with a variety of leading cruise lines. Travelers can book vacations with Carnival, Holland America and Royal Caribbean to destinations such as Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas.

“ is committed to growing and breaking new ground with our services. We continuously seek to expand those services based on customer research,” said Rich Bartone,’s vice president of product development. “We have found that a growing number of travelers are looking for an easy and convenient way to book cruise vacation packages with a variety of cruise lines. Travelscape Cruises hopes to fill that need by offering cruise and air/cruise packages for the same great prices we offer throughout”

Customers can book their vacations based on the their desired destination, month of departure, cruise line and whether they want cruise-only or air/cruise packages. In addition, when consumers select air/cruise packages, Travelscape Cruises allows them to fully customize their air itinerary with their cruise vacation, and to choose a preferred time of arrival and departure, which results in a fast and convenient booking experience. Travelers can book cruise trips in five mouse clicks or less and can visit the site at, or simply click on “Cruise Vacations” under Reservations at the homepage.

“We’re very excited to be a part of Travelscape Cruises,” said Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Carnival Cruise Line. “We’re confident’s already successful air/hotel package model will translate to popular cruise offerings as well.”

The cruise industry as a whole is rising steadily, from a humble beginning in the mid-1960’s to an estimated $11 billion market today, as cited by Schroder & Co. Inc. The Internet presents a big opportunity to the industry, offering a strategic advantage for companies like and its cruise partners.


“Holland America Line believes in offering exceptional services at the best value prices for people of all ages,” said David Giersdorf, senior vice president of marketing and sales, Holland America Line. “We are happy to offer our cruise vacations through’ s award-winning site, knowing they share those same concepts.”




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