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CruiseDeals rated by Travelzoo was
recognized Thursday evening by Travelzoo as the “Most Outstanding Provider
of Cruise Deals by an Agency.” The honor was bestowed on
General Manager John Keen at the 2007 Travelzoo Awards—or Tzoos—held
at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
  “The Tzoo Award is a symbol of quality and is our way of recognizing
the companies we know to provide the best value in travel deals,” said
Ralph Bartel, chairman and chief executive officer, Travelzoo. “All 16
Travelzoo Award winners have consistently provided us with the most
outstanding travel deals we have seen on the Internet over the past year.
Even though our deal experts were ultimately only able to select one
company from each category, all of our 59 finalists are leaders within
their sector.”
  “The team at is an industry leader in developing
amazing cruise offers,” said Michael Stitt, executive producer at
Travelzoo. “They have great relationships with major cruise lines, giving
them access to promote top-notch deals. We’ve also found their
knowledgeable phone agents and easy-to-use Web site create a seamless
booking experience.”
  “While it comes as no surprise to us that we live up to our name, our
entire team is extremely proud to have been honored by Travelzoo for what
we do best: helping our customers plan the perfect cruise vacation through
our proven combination of excellent service and the lowest cruise fares,”
stated Keen, who founded the Charlotte-based in 2003. “Our
key customer touchstones—friendly agents, great rates, quick follow-up,
service after the sale and our comprehensive Web site-parallel the criteria
Travelzoo uses to determine their honorees.”
  In order to determine the 16 Travelzoo Award winners, a committee of
travel deal experts examined a collection of offers from over 600 travel
companies. After evaluating all of the offers provided by each company in
five specific areas, they arrived at a list of 59 finalist companies that
consistently surpassed the rigorous criteria. Specific deals were then
debated from a quantitative and qualitative perspective within each

“Considering the stiff competition in the online travel space has outperformed, we’re proud that Travelzoo has recognized
our services as a breed apart,” Keen noted. “As always, our agents stand
ready to exceed each customer’s expectations at every juncture of the
booking process.”