Travelers Advantage Says Early Birds Get The Cruise: Bookings Peak During Wave Season

Best Accommodations Go to Early Bookers

Cruise Line Bookings Peak During Industry’s ‘Wave Season’

NORWALK, Conn., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ — January through March is the cruise industry’s “Wave Season,” when the vast majority of cruise bookings for the year are made. Getting the best staterooms and itineraries means booking early and being aware of how availability will be affected by this year’s trends and destination popularity. Among the hottest tickets in 2005 are those for cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii and Europe.

Offering exotic locales on even the briefest itineraries, Caribbean cruises remain the most popular in the world. A number of cruise lines depart almost daily from ports all along the Florida coast for voyages ranging in length from three days to more than two weeks. Even with the wealth of cruises available, ships fill up rapidly, with outside cabins — especially those with balconies — going first.

“The trends for 2005 are pointing towards hot beach destinations in the Caribbean and Hawaii, popular treks to Alaska and voyages to Europe,” said Julia Ryan, vice president of Travelers Advantage and Travelersadvantage.com. “If you are considering a cruise to these luxurious locales, it’s time to jump on the wave and book your spring and summer cruises now.”

Outside cabins and balconies are also at a premium on cruises to Alaska and Hawaii, where the spectacular scenery almost demands a cabin with a view. Unlike Hawaii, where cruises run year-round, Alaska has a cruising season limited to the summer months — late May through September — so premium cabin availability is decidedly limited. Many Alaskan travelers book “cruisetours,” an increasingly popular travel option from cruise lines that combines a cruise with a land expedition.

Cruisetours in Europe are proving to be a cost-efficient means of seeing the continent as the American dollar continues to weaken against the Euro and the English pound. A cruise’s fixed all-inclusive price for food, lodging and entertainment make it a particularly good value. First-time visitors to Europe also find cruisetours especially helpful in making sure they don’t miss any destination highlights.

With more than 184 cruise ships sailing to 1,800 destinations around the world, options are virtually unlimited. Unfortunately, point out the travel experts, availability is not, so the best bet is to book early and avoid missing the boat.

About Travelers Advantage

Members of Travelers Advantage (http://www.travelersadvantage.com/ or 1-877-841-1335) can save money on air travel, cruises, car rentals and accommodations, as well as earn five percent cash back on eligible travel booked with preferred providers through the service. Membership in Travelers Advantage can be enjoyed during the first two months for only $1. The trial membership can be canceled at any time during the two-month trial period by calling toll free and owing nothing further. Unless the member calls to cancel during the trial, the membership will be extended automatically for an entire year at the $99.99 annual fee and automatically renewed annually upon expiration at the then-current annual fee, billed to a credit card account, without the member having to do anything further. Additionally, members may call toll free to cancel at any time and receive a pro-rata refund of their then current membership fee.

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