‘THE WORLD’S LARGEST CRUISE SALE’ HIGHLIGHTS NATIONAL CRUISE VACATION WEEK OCTOBER 17-23
INCENTIVES OFFERED BY CRUISE INDUSTRY AND OVER 5,000 TRAVEL AGENCIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO INCLUDE SAVINGS OF UP TO 50%, FREE AIRFARES, SHIPBOARD CREDITS, UPGRADES AND MORE
V. Tom Gardner
Manager, Public Relations
Travel Industry & Marketing Issues
Director, Public Affairs
& Legislative Issues
For the public this means potential savings of $100 to $5,000 or more in some cases, credits for shipboard spending valued at $50 to over $300, upgrades to suite accommodations, or other incentives such as complimentary shore excursions, deposit waivers and more. Among the outstanding offers: Three to five day Caribbean cruises starting at $249, six to eight day sailings starting at $429; $2,000 savings per couple on a river cruise through Burgundy and Provence; and two-for-one fares with free airfare plus up to $5,000 in bonus savings on sailings in Europe or the Pacific.
"There's never been anything like National Cruise Vacation Week. For a very limited time, vacationers have the chance to purchase the cruise of their dreams on any of more than 200 ships sailing in every part of the world," said Bob Sharak, CLIA's executive vice president of marketing and distribution. "Cruising has always been the best value in vacationing but National Cruise Vacation Week is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
All of CLIA's cruise line members are participating in NCVW. Incentives can be found across all cruise categories – from the major cruise brands to ultra-luxury companies to niche market and adventure cruise lines, including river cruises in Europe and Asia. The special offers will be available during National Cruise Vacation Week events hosted by local CLIA member travel agencies in partnership with cruise lines and, in some cases, other local business partners. Participating CLIA member cruise lines include: AmaWaterways, American Cruise Lines, Avalon Waterways, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Hurtigruten, Louis Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Windstar Cruises.
In addition, thousands of agents will participate with online, or "Virtual NCVW" events. Shoppers anywhere in the country can visit these NCVW online microsites, browse through cruise line videos, collect information about special values and book their cruises. The Virtual NCVW events will run throughout the month of October, giving vacationers ample time to find the perfect voyage.
For more information on National Cruise Vacation Week consumers may visit www.cruising.org/vacation/welcome to find a CLIA certified travel agent, locate NCVW events and view special offers from participating cruise lines. Additional cruise deals are expected to be announced in the days leading up to the event so consumers are advised to stay in touch with their local travel agents.
About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. As the largest cruise industry trade association with 15 offices globally, CLIA has representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA’s mission is to support policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually, as well as promote the cruise vacation experience. Members are committed to the sustained success of the cruise industry and are comprised of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and other cruise industry partners, including ports, destinations, ship developers, suppliers, business services and travel operators. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or www.cruiseforward.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on Facebook and Twitter pages.