Insider Tip: Big Bargains on Spring Caribbean Cruises

Soft Advance Sales Lead to Lower Prices Industry-Wide; Book By March 19 for Special Savings and Bonus Offers on Hotwire.Com

SAN FRANCISCO, March 3 /PRNewswire/ — In a year of typically higher cruise prices, spring Caribbean cruises are standing out as one of the year’s best bargains, according to discount travel site Hotwire.com. Softer-than anticipated sales, along with a last-minute need to fill cabins are lowering prices industry-wide for Caribbean sailings in April, May and June.

“By booking now and sailing in April, May or early June, travelers can take advantage of not only great cruise prices, but lower airfares compared to the peak summer months,” said Amy Bohutinsky, consumer travel expert at Hotwire.com.

Deep Discounts and Special Offers on Late Spring Cruises

For the next two weeks, Hotwire will be offering a myriad of incentives for cruises booked by March 19 on popular cruise lines such as Celebrity Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line. Hotwire customers can enjoy special bonus offers for select sailings ranging from shipboard credits to pre-paid gratuities and free upgrades.

Below is information on specific bonus offers offered for select cruises from the following cruise lines:

— Celebrity Cruise Lines — $100 Shipboard credit
— Holland America Line — Up to $100 Shipboard credit; Free upgrades
— Norwegian Cruse Line — Free upgrades; Onboard savings book

– Oceania Cruises — $100 Shipboard credit; Free airfare; Free pre-paid gratuities

— Princess Cruises — Onboard coupon book
— Royal Caribbean — Up to $100 extra savings

Hotwire.com advises that the best prices are for sailing April through June. Below are examples of discount cruise rates for last-minute sailings through June:

– Sail from Los Angeles to Vancouver — 5 night Pacific Coast Northbound from $379 on Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Norwegian Sun,” free upgrade for select sailings

– Sail from New Orleans to the Western Caribbean — 5 nights from $419 on Carnival Cruise Lines’ “Sensation,” free upgrade for select sailings

– Cruise from Galveston, Texas to the Western Caribbean — 7 nights from $549 on Royal Caribbean’s “Rhapsody of the Seas”

– Travel from Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean — 7 nights from $599 on Holland America Line’s “Zuiderdam,” free dining upgrade for select sailings

– Sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean — 7 nights from $600 on Celebrity Cruises’ “Millennium,” $100 shipboard credit for select sailings

– Cruise from Miami to the Western Caribbean — 7 nights from $649 on Carnival Cruise Lines’ “Carnival Victory,” free upgrade for select sailings

– Sail from Boston to Bermuda — 7 nights from $709 on Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Norwegian Majesty,” free upgrade and onboard savings booklet for select sailings

All rates are per person, double occupancy and include port charges. Government taxes and fees are additional. Cruise fares do not include a non- refundable $19 processing fee. Foreign departure taxes of up to $45 may apply and are payable to Foreign Government Authority. Limited availability and based on minimum fares for select departure dates. Other dates may be higher. Not responsible for last-minute price or itinerary changes by cruise line or errors or omissions in this ad. Some restrictions and cancellation penalties may apply. Copyright (C) 2005, Hotwire Cruises/NLG. IA # 769, FST # ST-35828, CST # 2062801-50.

About Hotwire

Hotwire.com is a leading discount travel site with consistently lower prices on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help distribute their excess inventory. Hotwire is a wholly owned business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) . For more information, visit www.hotwire.com.

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