Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sail Away with Savings During the Orbitz Winter Cruise Event

/PRNewswire/ -- With the days getting longer and the winter cold settling in, it can only mean that "wave season" - the busiest cruise booking time of the year - is upon us. To celebrate the arrival of the 2009 wave season, Orbitz (, the only online travel site to offer Price Assurance(SM), is launching its Winter Cruise Event, featuring some of the season's top cruise deals.

With more than 15 cruise lines participating in Orbitz' Winter Cruise Event, the offers and savings this season are as vast as the high seas. The Winter Cruise Event boasts low rates and an abundance of onboard savings, making it an ideal time for travelers to pack their bags and set sail. Travelers can take advantage of the savings by booking their next cruise on between now and February 7, 2009.

Orbitz Winter Cruise Event Highlights (1)

Families save when kids sail for free. What better excuse is there for a family vacation than the little ones not costing a penny? The following cruise offers will inspire travelers to schedule in some family bonding by allowing kids to sail for free.

-- Disney Cruise Line: Kids sail free when they stay with parents in
select staterooms on select 3-night sailings, starting at $299
($100/Night) per adult
-- Costa Cruises: Kids can sail free on select dates. Sailings from $369
-- MSC: Kids cruise for free on every sailing. Rates from $519

Why not upgrade? A little bit of extra room can go a long way, especially when the room upgrades are free. Sit back and enjoy the finer things in life by booking a vacation on the following cruise lines and receiving a complimentary cabin upgrade.

-- Princess Cruises Plus: Free Oceanview to Balcony upgrades on select
sailings. Rates start at $449 ($64/Night)
-- Holland America Line: Celebrate with the View & Verandah Sale,
featuring special free upgrade offers. Sailings start at $499

Put more money in your pocket with free onboard savings. Stop playing family accountant and take advantage of the abundance of onboard savings being offered by cruise lines during the Orbitz Winter Cruise Event. Between free coupon booklets and onboard credits, travelers can save hundreds of dollars with the following offers.

-- Celebrity Cruises: Receive up to $200 free in onboard spending.
Sailings from $199 ($50/Night)
-- Royal Caribbean: Receive up to $200 free in onboard spending. Sailings
from $549 ($78/Night)
-- Oceania Cruises: Receive up to $500 free in onboard spending. Sailings
from $1,499 ($107/Night)
-- Norwegian Cruise Line: Receive up to $500 free in onboard spending.
Sailings from $169 ($56/Night)

Alternative Cruise Ports Offer Serious Savings

For travelers looking to enjoy a relaxing vacation on the water without spending a bundle, 2009 is the year to book a cruise. Many travelers are aware of the wealth of cruise deals and options available when departing from Florida ports, but these savings are hardly limited to the sunshine state. With 17 U.S. ports located outside of Florida, Orbitz invites travelers to take advantage of the many alternative ports along the country's coastline. To help expand travelers' cruise horizon without deflating their wallets, Orbitz is revealing the top 10 alternative U.S. ports offering the best values in 2009.

Alternative U.S. Ports Offering the Best Value for 2009 (2)

Rank Departure Port Average Price of 5-Night Cruise
1 Mobile, AL $264 ($53/Night)
2 Galveston, TX $319 ($64/Night)
3 New Orleans $329 ($66/Night)
4 San Diego $347 ($70/Night)
5 Los Angeles $424 ($85/Night)
6 Philadelphia $449 ($90/Night)
7 Charleston, SC $529 ($106/Night)
8 Norfolk, VA $549 ($110/Night)
9 Baltimore $564 ($113/Night)
10 Boston $599 ($120/Night)
Bayonne, NJ $599 ($120/Night)

For more information on Orbitz' Cruise Event and to access the year's top cruise deals, visit

(1) Terms & Conditions
Booking dates and conditions vary by cruise line.

(2) 2009 Best Cruise Deals

Based on 5-night cruise packages sailing between 1/12/09 and 12/31/09. Rates as of 12/12/09.

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