Friday, November 13, 2009

Out of the Malaise and Into the Sunshine

11 November 2009

We just returned from the 25th national Cruise Holidays Conference onboard Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas (see our story about our President’s Circle Award) in Baja. It was clear that Cruise Holidays stores throughout North America were optimistic about the future of our business in delivering great value vacations like never before. Being part of a wide ranging group of travel companies will arm Cruise Holidays with new tools and products exclusively dedicated to us and our customers. Needless to say, we’ll be announcing new products in short order, and we think our customers will like them a lot.

While certain dates during the winter and early spring months feature some extraordinary prices, even later dates for next summer and fall have enticing incentives. New cruise itineraries, new cruise ships, new land tour options have been added to make 2010 a year of opportunity for both of us..

It’s always fun for us to pass along anecdotal examples of things we’re seeing in our business. A couple of weeks ago we sent two nice ladies on a 7-day Mexico cruise on Holland America Line in an oceanview stateroom for less than $500 each including taxes! This is a price more suited to a road trip using modest hotels and fast food meals--not like a five star resort stay on a luxury cruise ship. The two ladies planned to just stay on the ship and never get off at any of the ports so they could maximize their pampering while onboard. In fact, they saved so much on their cruise, they’re now considering doing Europe next summer on the same cruise line.

Maybe you would like to follow the example of our two lucky cruises, just give us a call or drop an e-mail ( And, if you haven’t visited our new location in downtown Woodinville (just behind the movie theatres) we invite you to stop by any time we’re open Monday-Saturday.

Rich Skinner

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