easyCruise Begins 2005-2006 Caribbean Season: Bookings Reveal Younger Passengers Are Cruising Again

easyCruise Continues to Attract Young and Independent-Minded Vacationers Featuring Flexible Itineraries Starting at $15 Per Person
Per Night

LONDON — (MARKET WIRE) — 11/11/2005 — After completing a successful Mediterranean inaugural summer season, easyCruiseOne, currently positioned in Bridgetown, Barbados, readies to welcome its first Caribbean winter season passengers tomorrow, November 12, 2005. Offering flexible itineraries that allow cruisers to embark and depart at any port along the route, provided they stay onboard for at least two nights, easyCruiseOne is nearly 90% booked through November. Unlike a traditional cruise, easyCruise attracts younger vacationers who would not generally have considered cruising. easyCruiseOne Caribbean passengers, of whom more than 50% hail from the United States, average in age from their mid- to late thirties — 20 years younger than the current published industry average.

“Our first season in the Mediterranean was very successful for the easyCruise concept and Caribbean bookings for our first few months also are encouraging,” said Stelios, easyGroup’s chairman. “I look forward to introducing the ‘easy’ brand to additional young travelers who want to cruise the Caribbean.”

Through April 26, 2006, easyCruise will offer flexible week-long itineraries to some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands including Bridgetown in Barbados (Saturday and Sunday), Kingstown in St. Vincent (Monday), Fort de France in Martinique (Tuesday), Bequia in The Grenadines (Wednesday), St. George’s in Grenada (Thursday) and Castries in St. Lucia (Friday). All of the main ports on each island will be used apart from Bequia in The Grenadines, where easyCruiseOne will remain at anchor. This island is so small and intimate that only private yachts can actually moor on the beach. Barbados, Martinique, Grenada and St. Lucia all have international airports with a selection of direct flights from the U.S., London, Paris and other destinations.

easyCruiseOne: 2005-2006 Winter Season

Saturday: Barbados
Sunday: Barbados
Monday: St. Vincent
Tuesday: Martinique
Wednesday: The Grenadines
Thursday: Grenada
Friday: St. Lucia

easyCruise: Voyages for a Younger Crowd

Attracting younger consumers to easyCruise has been done by changing the “rules” of traditional cruising. Contrary to the norm, easyCruiseOne stays in port every night so that passengers can hit the town and enjoy the nightlife. In addition, younger, independently minded passengers appreciate the travel flexibility easyCruise offers because they can join the ship where and when they want, subject to a two-night minimum with a 14-night maximum stay.

In the Caribbean, passengers will be required to be back on board by midnight, as nightlife in the Caribbean tends to both start and finish earlier than in the Mediterranean. easyCruiseOne will sail some time after midnight, and arrive in port at approximately 10:00 a.m. Once easyCruiseOne has arrived in port, passengers are free to stay on board and enjoy the facilities, or to go ashore. There are, of course, dining and entertainment options onboard for those passengers who do not wish to go ashore each night. Unlike traditional cruise lines, easyCruiseOne is smaller and offers more intimate, yet lively settings.

easyCruise: Value for your Voyage

With prices beginning at $15 per person per night, based on two people sharing a standard cabin (without window), easyCruiseOne is nearly 90% occupied through the month of November on the ship’s Caribbean route. Current rates for a standard cabin with a window, quads and suites in the Caribbean start at $30 per person per night (based on 2 people sharing), $24 per person per night (based on 4 people sharing) and $72 per person per night (based on 2 people sharing), respectively.

easyCruise practices yield management in its pricing which increases in response to higher demand. Therefore easyCruise offers the lowest pricing to those travelers who book early when there is greater cabin availability.

Although easyCruise is near full occupancy through November 2005, there is more availability for December, the Christmas holidays and the rest of the season. Travelers must book now at www.easyCruise.com to take advantage of the lowest prices.

easyCruise: For Travel Agents

As of November 2005, easyCruise will now offer North American travel agents a 5 percent commission on rates that start at about $15 per person, per night.

To receive the commission, agents must register online at www.easycruise.com. Agents must click on “Book Now” and then click on the “Travel Agents” icon in the upper right-hand corner. Commissions are paid at the time the credit card is billed. Agents earn their commission at time of booking — no deposits, no balances and no messy paperwork. Accounts can also be managed online.

easyCruiseOne: The Ship

The 289-foot-long easyCruiseOne carries 170 passengers. Cabins are available in three categories, with 75 twins (6 with windows/69 without windows), 7 quads (without windows) and 4 suites (with windows and balconies). The ship’s six decks include the Italian Caffe Ritazza, an American-style Sports Bar with evening DJ, a deck bar with a six-person hot tub and a gym. All food and beverage will be sold on an à la carte basis. Complete menus for the culinary outlets are available at www.easyCruise.com. All prices are for accommodations only on a nightly basis, as passengers themselves decide whether to dine on board or on shore. Optional housekeeping is available for approximately $10 per visit.

For more information and to book a cruise, please visit: www.easyCruise.com

About easyCruise easyCruise.com is one of the latest ventures launched by Stelios (see www.stelios.com), the serial entrepreneur and founder of the easyGroup (see www.easy.com).

The idea is to offer a unique holiday experience to independently minded travelers in their 20s, 30s and 40s. During the summer of 2005, our first ship, named easyCruiseOne, was based in the French and the Italian Rivieras, one of the most glamorous parts of the world, known globally as the playground for the rich and famous. During the winter of 2005/06, easyCruiseOne will move on to sail Barbados and the surrounding Caribbean islands.

Unlike traditional cruising, the ship will stay in port in the afternoon and the evening to encourage people to have fun ashore and sail late at night for the next destination. The flexible one-week itineraries allow you to embark and depart at any port on the route provided you stay on board at least two nights and no more than fourteen nights.

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