Travelocity Kicks off 2007 ‘Wave Season’ with Eighth Annual Cruise Super Sale

Exclusive Rewards from MasterCard Include 56 Daily $2,500 Prizes and One $125,000 Grand Prize

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 4, 2007–The largest booking period of the year for the cruise industry – “wave season” – is now underway and Travelocity has added a whole new twist for 2007.

With its eighth annual Cruise Super Sale, Travelocity is providing special limited-time offers for sailings with every available cruise line, supplemented by an exclusive giveaway from MasterCard Worldwide that will award $2,500 to 56 daily winners and $125,000 to one grand-prize winner. Whether sailing to the beaches of the Caribbean, majestic Europe or Alaska’s glaciers, travelers who purchase any cruise using their MasterCard(R) card during this year’s Cruise Super Sale will be automatically enrolled for the daily and grand-prize drawings. Complete details and rules are available at

“We’re thrilled to kick-off 2007 with more options than ever before with our annual Cruise Super Sale,” said Michael Dauberman, vice president of cruises for Travelocity. “Thanks to the strength of our relationship with our cruise partners and MasterCard Worldwide, travelers everywhere can take advantage of great cruise deals and have a chance to win a daily or grand prize just for booking their cruise with their MasterCard card!”

Cruise Super Sale Offers:

Travelocity has worked with its cruise line partners to offer customer savings on cruise tours, shore excursions, stateroom upgrades and shipboard credit. Travelocity customers who book a qualifying cruise by Feb. 15, 2007 on a variety of sailings that depart in 2007 and 2008 will receive the following:

         Cruise Line                      Bonus Offer (a)
Carnival Cruise Lines         Free Upgrades
Celebrity Cruises             Up to $200 off + up to $400 onboard
                               credit + free Columbia(TM) vest
Crystal Cruises               $200 onboard credit + prepaid tips
Disney Cruise Line            Up to $50 onboard credit
Holland America Line          Up to $100 onboard credit
Norwegian Cruise Line         Up to $150 onboard credit + free
Oceania Cruises               Free flights + $200 onboard credit
Princess Cruises              Up to $200 onboard credit
Regent Seven Seas             $200 onboard credit
Royal Caribbean Int'l         Up to $200 off + up to $300 onboard
                               credit + free onboard coupon booklet +
                               free Columbia(TM) vest
Windstar Cruises              Up to $300 onboard credit

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

“For the past seven years this promotion has remained one of the most popular offers for cruisers. We are certain that in its eighth year it will continue to be the talk of the wave season,” said Gareth Forsey, group executive, U.S. Commerce Development, MasterCard Worldwide. “We appreciate our alliance with Travelocity. In addition to offering a wide variety of vacation options for its customers and MasterCard cardholders, Travelocity shares our values of service, consumer choice and customer satisfaction.”

For more information on this offer and to book a cruise today, log onto There is no purchase necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes.

2007 Travelocity Cruise Poll

Exploring what’s ‘in’ for cruising in 2007, Travelocity recently conducted a customer survey to ascertain where cruisers are headed and what they are looking forward to while cruising in 2007.

Where Cruisers Plan to Go in 2007:

— Caribbean – 47%

— Mexican Riviera – 10%

— Hawaii – 9%

— Alaska – 7%

— Other – 27%

Additional findings from Travelocity’s Cruise Survey include:

— Sixty-eight percent of respondents said making the most of shore excursions and exploration of exotic locales was their idea of a great cruise;

— Fifty-two percent of respondents agree that onboard entertainment and nightlife make for a great cruise experience and;

— Seventy percent of respondents replied “no” or “It doesn’t matter” when asked: Is it important to you to have cell phone or laptop service while cruising?

About Travelocity

Travelocity is committed to being the traveler’s champion – before, during and after the trip – and is the only online travel company that guarantees not just the price, but the entire travel experience – see for details. This customer-driven focus, backed by 24/7 live phone support, great prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity the sixth largest travel agency — booking $7.4 billion in travel worldwide in 2005. Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also owns and operates Travelocity Business(SM) for corporate travelers,, a leader in European online travel and ZUJI, a leader in Asia-Pacific online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE:TSG), a world leader in travel commerce.

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes approximately 14 billion payments each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial institution customers and merchants. Through its family of brands, including MasterCard(R), Maestro(R) and Cirrus(R), MasterCard Worldwide serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to

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SOURCE: Travelocity