Travelocity Kicks off 2006 with Seventh Annual Cruise Super Sale; Biggest Sale of the Year Includes Bonus Offers from Thirteen Cruise Lines — Plus, Exclusive MasterCard Cardholder Benefit of up to $300 Back

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 5, 2006–Cruise wave season is back for 2006 and to celebrate, Travelocity(R) has launched its seventh annual Cruise Super Sale earlier in the year than ever before. It has also introduced a MasterCard(R) cardholder benefit for those who purchase a cruise through Travelocity using a MasterCard card. Whether sailing to the crystal clear, blue waters of the Caribbean, or to view the magnificence of Alaska’s glaciers, travelers who book a qualifying cruise through Feb. 9, 2006 can take advantage of expanded Cruise Super Sale perks, including free shore excursions, free upgrades, dollars off, and up to $200 in shipboard credit. Additionally, Travelocity customers who purchase their cruises with MasterCard cards can also receive up to $300 back.

“This year’s Cruise Super Sale — our biggest sale of the year — offers something for everyone, including bonus offers on all cruise lines, as well as a generous benefit for MasterCard cardholders,” said Michael Dauberman, vice president of cruises for Travelocity. “We are proud of our strong relationships with 13 respected cruise partners and greatly regard our partnership with MasterCard for the value it delivers to our customers.”

Travelocity customers who book a qualifying cruise by Feb. 9, 2006 on many sailings that depart in 2006 and 2007 will receive the following:

Cruise Super Sale Offers:

      Cruise Line                       Bonus Offer(a)
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Carnival Cruise Lines    Free shore excursion
Celebrity Cruises        Up to $200 off and cruisetour credit
Crystal Cruises          $400 onboard credit and free gratuities
Disney Cruises           Up to $100 onboard credit
Holland America Line     Up to $600 onboard credit
Norwegian Cruise Line    Free upgrades and onboard credit
MSC Cruises              Free stateroom upgrades
Oceania Cruises          $200 worth of onboard amenities or more
Orient Lines             Up to $200 onboard credit
Princess Cruises         Up to $200 onboard credit and coupon book
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Radisson Seven Seas      Up to $400 onboard credit
Royal Caribbean Int'l    Up to $200 off and cruisetour credit
Windstar Cruises         Up to $200 onboard credit

(a) Offers are per stateroom, not per person. See site for available

MasterCard, in partnership with Travelocity, is offering up to $300 back to any customer who takes advantage of this new exclusive benefit by purchasing his or her cruise using a MasterCard card. The amount back varies depending on the total cruise purchase price. This allows a traveler, for example, to pair a free scuba diving excursion in the turquoise waters off Kings Beach, Bermuda as a result of the Cruise Super Sale, with a financial benefit received from using a MasterCard card for the cruise purchase.

“Travelocity’s 2006 Cruise Super Sale offers provide a perfect opportunity for vacationers and MasterCard cardholders to enjoy amazing getaways at great prices,” said Nina Biornstad, vice president, Travel & Entertainment Industries of MasterCard International. “We place the same emphasis on customer service and care that Travelocity offers to all of its travelers, and are excited to be part of a great program that delivers true value to our cardholders.”

For more information on this offer and to book a cruise today, log onto or call Travelocity’s cruise experts at 1-800-222-3690.

Travelocity’s recently redesigned cruise site offers cruise customers exclusive search mechanisms that help travelers pinpoint a personalized dream cruise. Cruisers can also take advantage of a variety of ships, destinations and activities on all 13 cruise lines available on Travelocity. In addition, Travelocity’s “Low-Price Cruise Guarantee” ensures customers that Travelocity will match the price or process a refund to any traveler who finds a lower price advertised within 48 hours of booking a cruise. This guarantee provides each Travelocity customer a sense of certainty that they’re getting the most for their money. See site for guarantee details.

About Travelocity

Travelocity is committed to being the traveler’s champion — before, during and after the trip and works hand-in-hand with the world’s most reputable travel providers so that everything about a customer’s booking will be right. And if it’s not, Travelocity guarantees that it will work with its partners to make it right, right away. This customer-driven focus, backed by live 24/7 phone support, great prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity the fifth largest travel agency in the U.S. — booking $4.9 billion in travel in 2004. Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also owns and operates Travelocity Business(SM), and, a leader in European online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE:TSG), a world leader in travel commerce.

About MasterCard International

MasterCard International is a leading global payments solutions company that provides a broad variety of innovative services in support of our global members’ credit, deposit access, electronic cash, business-to-business and related payment programs. MasterCard, through its principal operating subsidiary, MasterCard International Incorporated, manages a family of well-known, widely accepted payment card brands including MasterCard(R), Maestro(R) and Cirrus(R) and serves financial institutions, consumers and businesses in over 210 countries and territories. The MasterCard award-winning Priceless(R) advertising campaign is now seen in 105 countries and in 48 languages, giving the MasterCard brand a truly global reach and scope. For more information go to

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    SOURCE: Travelocity