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            Cruising	 issue		
            of	Sunday	Travel.
                    OCTOBER	21,	2007


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                                                                                                                      seattletimes.com/travel | OCTOBER 22, 2006 | SUNDAY
                                                                                                                      THE SEATTLE TIMES AND SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER




                                                                                                                                                What? You’ve been
                                                                                                                                                 booked for months?




       Publication	date                                                  Format
                                                                                                                                                                Your
       Sunday, October 21, 2007                                          Six-column broadsheet                           cruise-planning
       Space	deadline                                                    Rates	                                                               lifeline
       Tuesday, October 16, by 5 p.m.                                    Regular rates apply                          Want to sail away from it all? Cruise ships now go




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                                                                                                                      like small cities, carrying thousands of passengers                                                                                                                                          cruise
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                                                                                                                      and offering multiple restaurants and pools,
                                                                                                                      casinos and even a rock-climbing wall.
                                                                                                                      Here’s how to find the right cruise for you — and
                                                                                                                      get the best deal.
                                                                                                                                             The Washington Post and The Seattle Times




      Represented	nationally	by	Newspapers	First:
                                                                                                                      GETTING THE BEST DEAL                          TEST THE WATERS ONLINE
                                                                                                                      Looking for a cruise? Here                     It pays to do your
                                                                                                                      are some tips on finding the                   homework: Educate yourself
                                                                                                                      right one — at the right                       about the differences
                                                                                                                      price.                                         between cruise lines, look for
                                                                                                                      WHO GOES WHERE: Find out which                 bargains, find out what other
                                                                                                                                                                     passengers thought about a


      New York                      212/692-7100
                                                                                                                      ships go where and when from tra-
                                                                                                                      vel agents and individual cruise               particular ship, read expert
                                                                                                                      lines (see Page 3 for contact infor-
                                                                                                                      mation). Or check the Web site of              reviews, post questions and
                                                                                                                      the Cruise Lines International Asso-           chat with other cruisers.
                                                                                                                      ciation, www.cruising.org. You can                                                               WHAT A TRAVEL AGENT
                                                                                                                      use its “Cruise Finder” to search by
                                                                                                                      destination, cruise line or length of
                                                                                                                                                                        Here are some Web sites that can
                                                                                                                                                                     help. They don’t sell cruises, so you             CAN DO FOR YOU                                             More on cruising >
                                                                                                                                                                     can get a more impartial overview.                If you were to take a cruise,


      Chicago                       312/822-8666
                                                                                                                      cruise.
                                                                                                                                                                     CRUISE CRITIC: It’s hard to imagine a             which ship would offer an
                                                                                                                      SHOP EARLY, SHOP LATE: Cruise lines
                                                                                                                                                                     cruise-related issue that isn’t ad-
                                                                                                                      like to start filling the choicest
                                                                                                                                                                     dressed at this comprehensive site,               art-history lecture and which
                                                                                                                      rooms as much as a year in advance                                                               a wet T-shirt contest?
                                                                                                                                                                     www.cruisecritic.com. It lists bar-
                                                                                                                      and may offer incentives for early
                                                                                                                                                                     gains, offers reviews of ships (by pas-
                                                                                                                      booking. (Keep watching prices af-                                                                  Do you know what kind of insur-
                                                                                                                                                                     sengers, as well as experts who write
                                                                                                                      ter you book, because if the price on                                                            ance to buy? Is it better to book ex-
                                                                                                                                                                     for the site) and gives details on pop-
                                                                                                                      your ship drops, some lines may give                                                             cursions with the cruise line or find



      Los Angeles                   323/549-9144
                                                                                                                                                                     ular cruise destinations.
                                                                                                                      you the lower price — but you’ll                                                                 your own? Is the airfare offered
                                                                                                                                                                        The search engine that lets you
                                                                                                                      have to ask.)                                                                                    through the cruise line a good deal?
                                                                                                                                                                     find a cruise by destination, line and
                                                                                                                         Prices can drop dramatically, and                                                             What’s the best cabin location in
                                                                                                                                                                     price is pretty standard, but it has an
                                                                                                                      all sorts of incentives, such as free                                                            your price range?
                                                                                                                                                                     extra way to narrow the search: by
                                                                                                                      airfare, can be thrown in as the sail-                                                              A good travel agent will answer
                                                                                                                                                                     lifestyle. Another section tells you
                                                                                                                      ing date approaches and cruise lines                                                             those questions — and more.
                                                                                                                                                                     which ships are best for romance,
                                                                                                                      get anxious about filling cabins. Pas-                                                              And since cruise lines still pay
                                                                                                                                                                     family time, soft adventure, etc. —
                                                                                                                      sengers who have put down deposits                                                               commissions for bookings to travel



      Dallas                        214/696-8666
                                                                                                                                                                     and tells you why the editors made
                                                                                                                      must pay in full 60 days in advance,
                                                                                                                      so start looking for last-minute bar-
                                                                                                                                                                     those picks.                                      agents, their expertise is usually                         “DOWN UNDER”: Shore excursions are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       free, at least for the cruise portion of
                                                                                                                      gains 59 days before a sailing.                CRUISE MATES: Everything you ever                 a trip.                                                    highlight of Australia cruise > L 8
                                                                                                                                                                     wanted to know about cruising, and                   Finding a good travel agent is like
                                                                                                                      SHOP AROUND ONLINE: If you’re                  then some, is at www.cruisemates
                                                                                                                      looking online, check more than one            .com. Learn about individual ships,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       locating a good doctor: A word-of-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       mouth recommendation from a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SAILING IN PLACE: The pleasures of a
                                                                                                                      site. These sites specialize in selling
                                                                                                                      cruises: www.cruise.com, www.i
                                                                                                                                                                     and search for cruises that suit your
                                                                                                                                                                     desires (family-friendly, gay-friend-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       friend or relative is probably most                        single-country voyage > L 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       reliable.



      Miami                         954/987-8666
                                                                                                                      cruise.com, www.ecruises.com,                  ly, etc.). Search for bargains by desti-
                                                                                                                      www.cruisedirect.com, www.cruises              nation, or sign up for a free newslet-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Barring that, many individual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cruise lines have places on their Web
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FREIGHTERS: Unique way to cruise > L 4
                                                                                                                      only.com and www.vacationstogo                 ter that also carries cruise news —
                                                                                                                      com. Major all-purpose travel sites                                                              sites to search for a travel agent. Or                     Information, please: How to contact cruise lines > L 3
                                                                                                                                                                     which might be more than you want.                phone the cruise line and ask for tra-
                                                                                                                      such as www.lastminutetravel.com,                 One handy function lets you find
                                                                                                                      www.expedia.com, www.orbitz.com,                                                                 vel-agent recommendation.                                  Passengers with disabilities: Making a voyage go
                                                                                                                                                                     shipmates or get more information:                   Some other ways to find a travel                        smoothly > L 5
                                                                                                                      www.travelocity.com and www.price              You can look for single people sailing
                                                                                                                      line.com also sell cruises. Additional-                                                          agent who specializes in cruises:
                                                                                                                                                                     any cruise next year or people who                                                                           Repositioning cruises: A cheaper and old-fashioned
                                                                                                                      ly, sites that give advice on cruises          have said they were on your last trip.            CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIA-
                                                                                                                      also advertise sales even if they don’t                                                          TION: Its Web site, www.cruising.org,                      way to go > L 6
                                                                                                                      directly sell cruises. Also be sure to         CRUISE DIVA: The site, www.cruisediva             has a “Find a Travel Agent” section
                                                                                                                      look for special deals on the home             .com, lists bargains and descriptions             that lets you search for a travel agent
                                                                                                                      pages of individual cruise lines.              of cruise ships from ports all over the           by ZIP code.
                                                                                                                                                                     world. The reviews by consumers
                                                                                                                      SIGN UP FOR ALERTS: Sign up for                need tighter editing; it can be hard to           ADS: Check the ads in newspapers




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                                                                                                                      bargain alerts. Individual lines and           wade through details about who                    and beyond to see which travel
                                                                                                                      even individual ships will e-mail you          went with whom and how they got                   agents are offering cruise specials.
                                                                                                                      alerts about sales. So, too, will some
                                                                                                                                      Please see > CRUISE, L7
                                                                                                                                                                     there before learning what the ship
                                                                                                                                                                     was like. This site’s home page has a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Its Web site, www.travelsense.org,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Dear Reader
                                                                                                                                                                     “get a fare quote” feature that sends
                                                                                                                                                                     you to www.cruisecompete.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       also has a ZIP-code-based search op-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tion for finding an agent; click on                                                                   Road-food
                                                                                                                                                                     There you fill in details about what
                                                                                                                                                                     you want, and agents compete for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “advanced search” to narrow the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       field to cruise specialists.                                    >Adventures in India                  delights?
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