Cruise Lines, Travel Agents Team Up to Offer Vacationers Irresistible Savings

Oct 03, 2008

World’s Largest Cruise Night, October 16, Highlights Incomparable Value of Cruising with Special Savings on 2008 and 2009 Voyages

Fort Lauderdale, FL — October 3, 2008 — Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is anticipating record cruise sales during World’s Largest Cruise Night, the centerpiece of National Cruise Vacation Month as vacationers across North America take advantage of irresistible special savings on 2008 and 2009 cruises. WLCN is October 16 and consumers may participate online or by attending special events and promotions at their nearest participating travel agency.

“World’s Largest Cruise Night is designed to rivet consumer attention on the incomparable value and variety of cruise vacations. Last year some 4,000 CLIA agents participated, generating an estimated 35,000 cruise bookings in a little more than a day. For consumers that meant significant additional savings on cruises that already offer the best value of any vacation available,” said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of CLIA. “We urge everyone who is considering a vacation in the coming months to discover just how irresistible a cruise can be during World’s Largest Cruise Night.”

The following is a preliminary list of WLCN consumer offers from participating CLIA member cruise lines – available only through CLIA member travel agencies conducting A World’s Largest Cruise Night event across the U.S. and Canada:

  • American Cruise Line: A $75 bonus incentive for travel agents for every stateroom booked on voyages through June 27, 2009 (booking window: October 16)
  • Disney Cruise Line: Onboard credits of up to $50 on cruises and land & sea packages through December 13, 2009 (booking window: October 16 - November 15)
  • Carnival Cruise Lines: Complimentary upgrades on all booking made October 16
  • Celebrity Cruises: Onboard credits up to $200 per stateroom based on cruise length for seven Celebrity ships with sailings between January 1 and June 30, 2009, plus a 50 percent reduced deposit (booking window: October 16 - 18)
  • Crystal Cruises: $100 per person discounts on most 2008 sailings for bookings made during WLCN (booking window: October 14 - November 7)
  • Holland America Line: Special fares to be communicated to travel agents and reduced deposits up to $300 for bookings made during WLCN (booking window: October 15-17)
  • MSC Cruises: Special prices on a variety of sailings in the Caribbean and Europe with rates as low as $399 for a seven-day Caribbean cruise, plus shipboard credits of up to $200 (booking window: October 16 - November 3)
  • Norwegian Cruise Line: Double onboard credits up to $500, plus reduced deposit on sailings of five days or more (booking window: October 15 - 23)
  • Princess Cruises: Reduced deposit of $100, plus a Princess coupon booklet with more than $120 in onboard discounts
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises: $100 per person shipboard credit on departures of seven nights or longer (booking window: October 16 - November 16)
  • Uniworld Grand River Cruises: $100 savings per person on all 2009 cruises if purchased through an agent having a cruise night on October 16 (booking window: October 16 - 23)
  • Windstar Cruises: $50 in shipboard credits per person (maximum $100 per stateroom) on any Wind Spirit sailing between January 31 and March 28, 2009 and any Wind Surf sailing between January 4 and March 15, 2009 (booking window: October 16-November 9)

For specific details and conditions of each offer, contact a participating CLIA member travel agency. For more information about World’s Largest Cruise Night and an event near you, please visit www.cruising.org. And, visit www.cruising.org to find a CLIA travel agency, Certified Cruise Counsellor or Luxury Cruise Specialist near you.

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