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ebookers sets sail…

The online travel agent, ebookers, becomes the first major online travel agent

ebookers cruises (http://cruises.ebookers.com/) draws on the expertise and cruise supply from North American cruise specialist,  Viva Voyage.

 

The new site – which has real-time pricing and availability - went live this month.  It has the look and feel of the ebookers.com website.  Sales transactions though, as well as after-sales care both online or over the phone, is handled by Viva Voyage.  ebookers’ customers will find the experience seamless whilst benefiting from the expertise from one of the leading cruise retailers.

 

Cruising is becoming more and more popular as smart travellers look for all-inclusive holidays to suit the entire family.  No longer confined to an older, wealthier demographic, cruise lines now offer on board activities including flexible dining options, shopping malls, ice skating and rock climbing - many of them aimed at attracting a younger audience.

 

Ciaran Lally, ebookers MD, says:

 

“The cruise market is changing and is predicted to grow by 12% annually over the next five years.  So we are especially excited that ebookers has moved fast to become the first major travel website with a cruise offering.”

 

The ebookers cruise site features 23 cruise lines and 203 ships.  That’s everything from resort ships to luxury ships to river cruises as well as everything in between, including cruises from Royal Caribbean, NCL and Costa Cruise, which no other UK operator can currently offer.  As with all ebookers’ travel products, the cruises come with the best price guarantee: a customer finds a better price and ebookers refunds the difference.

 

ebookers cruises boasts the longest operating hours of any UK cruise agency as well as live cruise experts available to help customers plan their trip, free of charge, from 09:00 – 02:00 Monday through Friday and from 10:00 – 23:00 Saturday and Sunday.  The staff have been trained as product experts on all the cruise lines and have sailed on or visited most of the available ships.

 

And the first bookings have already been made!  Graham from Dover made the very first booking: a 5 night Bermuda cruise with 2 nights hotel package for NYC. Enjoy!

 

Two links from the ebookers homepage take visitors to the new site developed jointly with Viva Voyage.  The site though stands alone and is supported with an initial PPC campaign.   

 

 

 

Cont/…

 

 

Smart Tips for Smart Bookers

 

  • Sea Legs: Modern cruise ships have sophisticated stabilisers to smooth the journey, but if you are concerned about getting seasick the cabins with the least amount of movement are located in the middle of the ship (inside cabins) on the lower decks.

 

  • Economy Class: Cruises are economical: you see many destinations in a short time without packing and repacking.  With hotel, entertainment, high-end dining and transport included in the initial price you can relax and enjoy the holiday without budgeting constantly.

 

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For further information about ebookers.com, please contact:

 

Alexandra Marsh or Laurence De Bièvre

Pleon UK

London, England, U.K.

T : 0207 479 5656

E : ebookers@pleon.com

 

About ebookers.com:

 

ebookers.com, one of Europe’s largest online travel agents, prides itself on making booking decisions easier and providing honest and impartial advice to travellers.  It has origins going back 20 years and close relationships with leading travel suppliers of hotels and airlines.  It offers a wide selection of choice from over 80,000 suppliers around the globe, plus a number of car rental companies throughout Europe.  ebookers.com sells a full range of travel products online and over the telephone through 24/7 call centres and through some retail outlets.

 

About Viva Voyage

 

Viva Voyage Limited was founded by Geoffrey B. Silvers.  Viva Voyage’s mission is to become the best seller of cruises by redefining the way they are sold.  Viva Voyage will work closely with ebookers to open cruising to individuals who have never considered taking a cruise before.  Viva Voyage’s cruise consultants have been trained to help first time customers identify the ship to match their individual needs.  ebookers cruises will offer the most comprehensive cruise product online.  However, ebookers cruises will give consumers the option to purchase online or purchase on the phone with the help of a cruise expert.  

 

About Orbitz Worldwide

Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) is a leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to research, plan and book a broad range of travel products.  Orbitz Worldwide owns and operates a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com), RatesToGo (www.ratestogo.com), the Away Network (www.away.com) and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com). For more information, visit the Orbitz Worldwide Investor Relations website at http://www.orbitz-ir.com.

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