Book Now for Best Values on Last-Minute Fall Cruises and Winter Sailings

Innovative New Tool Identifies Best Values on Sailings Based on Traveler’s Preferences

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ — There are still great last-minute cruise deals available for late fall and winter 2005, including repositioning cruises that offer rock-bottom prices, according to the experts at To help travelers identify the finest sailings for their dollar, Hotwire has introduced a tool that brings cruise values front and center: “Hotwire Top Values.”

Hotwire’s Top Values tool makes finding bargains even easier by instantly identifying the best values on upcoming sailings based on a traveler’s specific search criteria. Top Values are ranked based on an objective evaluation of several factors such as price per night, star rating, customer preferences, and the availability of special bonus offers like upgrades and shipboard credits.

“Travelers can rest assured that Hotwire’s top cruise values are the finest sailings available for the price, based on their needs,” said Scott Hintz, senior vice president of product at “And now is a great time to find deals on last-minute sailings, and many cruise lines are repositioning ships to winter ports, which means prices as low as $50 per night.”

Hot Cruise Deals for Fall 2005
Below are examples of discount cruise rates for sailings this fall:

* Sail from New York to the Southern Caribbean — 10 nights from $699
on Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Norwegian Spirit”
* Travel from San Diego, California — 10-night Mexican Riviera from
$800 on Celebrity Cruises’ “Mercury”
* Cruise from Barcelona to Miami — 11-night Transatlantic from $499
on Royal Caribbean’s “Brilliance of the Seas”
* Sail from Los Angeles to Baja Mexico — 4 nights from $309 on
Carnival Cruise Line’s “Paradise,” free upgrade available for select
* Travel from Miami — 7-night Exotic Western Caribbean from $549 on
Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Norwegian Jewel”

Hot Cruise Deals for Holiday and 2006 Sailings

If you’re planning a holiday or winter cruise, now is the time to book to ensure that you get the itinerary you want, at the price you want. Both Alaska and Europe have shorter travel seasons and as such, less availability, making it important to plan in advance. Below are examples of discount cruise rates for sailings this holiday season and 2006:

* Sail from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera — 8 nights from $799
on Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Norwegian Star,” free upgrade available
for select sailings
* Cruise from Venice, Italy to the Greek Isles and Turkey — 7 nights
from $819 on Royal Caribbean’s “Splendour of the Seas”
* Travel from Vancouver to Alaska and the Sawyer Glacier — 7 nights
from $699 on Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Norwegian Wind,” free upgrade
available for select sailings

Cruises are available for booking on 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 is a leading discount travel site with low 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 an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) . CST: 2053390-40. For more information, visit

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