CruiseCompete operates under a very simple concept: you select cruise you want to take, and independent travel agents compete to offer you the best deal. You compare the offers in your account, then contact the agent or agents with the best offers directly via phone, e-mail or live chat to ask questions or to book. Since our launch in 2003, more than a million customer quote requests have gone through the CruiseCompete system with outstanding results.
The price for the exact same ship, sail date and cabin varies by agency based on a lot of complicated factors, so there's no way to know in advance which agency will have the best deal on the cruise you want And because agencies aren't allowed to advertise anything but the cruise lines standard retail prices on their web sites, there's only one only way to get the best cruise deals:
·You have to know which of the thousands of travel agencies are likely to have the best deals;
·Then you have to ask them for one-on-one quotes for your sailing and compare.
CruiseCompete is an easy and convenient way to help you do just that.
First, choose the cruise that you want quotes on. If you dont know what you want, we provide a number of tools to help. You can use our cruise search tool, you can browse special offers by category, or you call or chat online with an agent via our Live Help link.
Next, create a CruiseCompete account by selecting a username and password and entering your e-mail address.
In your account, click on Create a new quote request. This is a quick process where you choose your ship and sail date from menus, and select information about the passengers traveling and the types of cabins you'd like.
Once you've submitted your quote request, our hundreds of member-agencies can see what you're looking for (though not who you are). The agents use search tools themselves so they can quickly identify requests where they know they have a price advantage. If they think they can offer the best deal on your quote request, they'll submit a quote.
We e-mail you to let you know when new quotes are available. Just click on the link in the e-mail to return to your account and compare the offers. We provide customer reviews of each agency so you know who you're dealing with.
Once youve compared offers, just use the agent contact information to talk to with agents to ask questions or to book your cruise.
CruiseCompete has received all sorts of media attention—USA Today, Travel & Leisure, Frommers, Smart Money, the Washington Post and just about every other major newspaper. But most of our continued growth is a result of people saving money and then telling their friends about us. I hope youll give us a try and find it worth spreading the word about CruiseCompete as well.
This is Bob Levinstein, CEO of CruiseCompete.com wishing you many safe and wonderful cruises. Cheers!