Saturday, April 21, 2018

Website Spotlight: Virtual Cruise Advisor™

When it comes to planning a cruise, the choices are many.
Cruise ships: 400
Cruise ports: 2,397 in 172 countries
Itineraries to choose from: 10,531
Making a decision: Intimidating
"The explosive growth of the industry has resulted in a stunning array of cruise options to meet the vacation dreams of millions of different people," says Bob Levinstein, CEO of "But having all of those options can make it a challenge to choose the right cruise. 
In response, CruiseCompete has developed its Virtual Cruise AdvisorTM, a quick and easy way to narrow cruise searches down to a handful of recommendations. Travelers can simply check a few boxes about when and where they want to cruise and the type of vacation experience they’re looking for, and the Virtual Cruise Advisor delivers custom recommendations that match their desires.
Each cruise recommendation includes:
  • Ship information, including a written description, deck plans, and reviews from past passengers; 
  • Cruise line information, including atmosphere and onboard experience, type of clientele, and policies about children onboard;
  • A detailed sailing itinerary, plus the shore excursions available in each port;
  • Special deals offered on that sailing.
Once the Virtual Cruise Advisor has delivered a cruise selection, it's very easy to create a quote request in the CruiseCompete system and have multiple, independent travel agents respond with their best offers for that sailing.
"CruiseCompete was created in 2003 because we realized that people needed a way to reduce the long process of shopping around on multiple websites for the best deal on cruise, and get it down to a single step," says Levinstein. "This new tool is designed to do the same for choosing which cruise to shop for." CruiseCompete's new intelligent tool is available at
CruiseCompete member-agents are the most well-educated, forward-thinking and trusted cruise specialists in the industry. If you’d like more information or assistance planning a future cruise, please visit Find CruiseCompete’s “Sea Tales 2018 Family Cruise Travel Planner” at To see consumer feedback click here.
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About CruiseCompete
CruiseCompete has been the premier online cruise marketplace since 2003 (see media praises).
Consumers come to CruiseCompete to research and book cruise vacations. More than 1.5 million users have generated close to 4 million requests from consumers, and agents have delivered almost 16 million quotes since 2003. They can compare offers from trusted travel agents, see consumer reviews of agents and agencies responding, then contact travel agents directly for more information and to book cruises. CruiseCompete is a member of the Family Travel Association, the leading authority and resource for family travel information and is home to the Sea Tales 2018 Family Cruise Travel Planner at Travel Resources.
CruiseCompete CruiseTrends™ offers monthly stats for an inside look at consumer trends and what consumers want in cruise vacations.
CruiseCompete takes top honors in Travel + Leisure's “Top 60 Best Apps and Websites for Travelers” with an honorable mention. The Wall Street Journal praised CruiseCompete as “Best Cruise Travel Site,” The New York Times says, “… independent travel agents compete to offer you the best deal," and follows similar praise from Travel + Leisure, Kiplinger and The Washington Post. The Street says, “Score luxury cruises at bargain prices.”

For more information, please visit or
CruiseCompete is an Iowa limited liability company, is not a travel agency or owned by a travel agency.

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