Enhancements to Sabre Cruises Provide More Streamlined Shopping, Booking Process

Sabre Cruises Bookings Doubled since November Launch

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 30, 2007–Sabre Travel Network, the world’s largest and most rewarding marketplace for buying and selling travel, has added new enhancements to its browser-based cruise booking engine Sabre Cruises. The new features provide Sabre Connected travel agents features that enhance their customer service when shopping and booking the 13 cruise lines available in Sabre.

“With these new enhancements, booking cruises in Sabre Cruises is even easier and more streamlined than before,” said Dan Westbrook, vice president of merchandising, Sabre Travel Network. “Travel agents benefit from managing every aspect of their cruise sales efficiently and professionally while earning great commissions.”

Agents can shop and compare cruise lines, get live inventory, book automated group rates, view deck plans, cabins, choose dining preference and can even book pre- and post-sailing packages.

With the latest enhancements to Sabre Cruises, agents now also get:

  • Enhanced documentation, including the ability to print agent and customer invoice deck plans, cabin pictures and more
  • Integration with ClientBase+ including the ability to LiveConnect into Sabre Cruises so they can track and retain detailed customers records
  • Expanded passenger information, including more flexibility with name fields
  • More pricing options earlier in the shopping process, including the ability to review special resident, senior, past passenger, child fare or 3rd/4th passenger prices
  • Functionality that enables them to clone a booking, making multiple bookings much faster.

“Since the launch in November 2006, cruise bookings in Sabre Cruises have doubled,” said Westbrook. “Our customers love how easy and fast it is, and how much control they have over the end-to-end process compared to booking by phone. And we are really excited about enhancing the functionality of Sabre Cruises in a way that makes both the travel agents and our cruise partners more efficient and more profitable.”

In an announcement made by Sabre earlier today, Sabre Cruises is now available to all travel professionals in North America, including agents that currently do not participate in the Sabre GDS, through the new VacationStudio powered by MySabre. VacationStudio, the latest addition to Sabre’s end-to-end leisure collection, provides convenient access to a broad range of commissionable leisure travel products through such solutions as Sabre Cruises, TripTailor, Agent59 and more.

About Sabre Travel Network

Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, provides the most comprehensive end-to-end solutions for corporate and leisure travel. The Sabre GDS is the foundation for these solutions, providing a ready-built efficient marketplace that connects travel suppliers, including hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels, with more than 50,000 travel agency locations.

Key brands of Sabre Travel Network include GetThere, for corporate travel reservation technology; Jurni Network, a consortium of leisure travel agencies providing marketing and promotion services; Nexion, a host agency; SynXis, for hotel reservation management, distribution and technology services; and TRAMS, mid- and back-office solutions and marketing services for travel agencies. Sabre Travel Network also markets TripTailor, a travel wholesaler providing dynamic packaging for the travel agency marketplace.

Sabre Holdings (NYSE: TSG) connects people with the world’s greatest travel possibilities by retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com.

CONTACT: Sabre Travel Network
Rebecca Jackson, 682-605-4098
rebecca.jackson@sabre-holdings.com
or
Brooks & Associates Public Relations
Anna Hobbs-Little, 903-532-9714
anna@brooksandassociatespr.com

SOURCE: Sabre Travel Network