January 22, 2013
San Francisco (January 22, 2013)—CruiseCompete, the premier online cruise marketplace, has selected Viator, Inc. as its exclusive partner to provide its users with access to shore excursions in ports around the world. Through an integrated connection with Viator’s dedicated shore excursion website, CruiseCompete is able to provide its users with seamless access to a vast selection of unique and popular excursions in ports worldwide—at the best prices, guaranteed.
Through the “Shore Excursions” link on the CruiseCompete homepage, cruise passengers can simply select their cruise line and itinerary to discover the excursions available to them in their ports of call. Viator’s dedicated shore excursion offering, launched in the spring of 2012, was designed to accommodate the complex nature of such bookings and only presents the traveler with relevant tours and activities that fit within their ship’s arrival and departure times in port, making booking quick and easy. Cruise travelers can choose from thousands of itineraries from all major cruise lines including Carnival Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruises, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Royal Caribbean.
“Our goal is to connect cruise travelers with the best cruise to meet their desires offered at the best price to meet their budget,” said Bob Levinstein, CEO, CruiseCompete. “By providing access to Viator’s shore excursions, including Worry Free Excursions that guarantee an on-time arrival back at port, we are giving our users the opportunity to save as much as 60 percent versus booking excursions through the cruise lines, and avoid over-crowded activities while having unique experiences their shipmates won’t be able to replicate.”
“CruiseCompete users are savvy travelers who utilize the site’s collection of resources to plan the perfect cruise vacation,” said John Gibbs, director of Client Services for Viator. “These are the same knowledgeable and largely self-directed travelers we knew would find value in a trusted and reliable resource for booking excursions independently of the cruise lines, and we are excited to be reaching them now through Viator’s partnership with CruiseCompete.”
Viator® is the world’s leading resource to discover and book travel activities, providing online and mobile access to more than 15,000 curated trip activities including tours, attractions, shore excursions and private guides, in more than 1,000 destinations worldwide. In-house travel experts work with trusted local operators to ensure the quality and value of every experience, all backed by Viator’s 24/7 customer service and global low-price guarantee. With more than 350,000 verified reviews plus exclusive videos and insider travel tips, Viator has everything a traveler needs to find and book the best things to do worldwide. In addition to the flagship site—Viator.com—travelers can book in advance or in-destination via the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android, the Viator Shore Excursions website as well as local-language sites for European, Latin American and Asian travelers. Viator also provides tours and activities to more than 2,500 affiliate partners including some of the world’s top airlines, hotels and online travel agencies. Founded in 1995, Viator is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas. Viator—travel with an insider.
CruiseCompete has been the premier online cruise marketplace since 2003 (see media praises). Consumers compare competing offers from trusted travel agents, are able to see consumer reviews of agents and agencies responding, and then contact travel agents directly for more information and to book a cruise.
CruiseCompete CruiseTrends? offers monthly stats for an inside look at consumer trends and what consumers want in cruise vacations.
CruiseCompete takes top honors in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s “Top 60 Best Apps and Websites for Travelers” (September 2012) with an honorable mention. The Wall Street Journal praised CruiseCompete as “Best Cruise Travel Site,” The New York Times says, “...independent travel agents compete to offer you the best deal,” and follows similar praise from Travel + Leisure, Kiplinger’s and The Washington Post. The Street says, “Score luxury cruises at bargain prices.”
CruiseCompete is an Iowa limited liability company and is not a travel agency or owned by a travel agency.
Heidi M. Allison
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