CruiseWise Announces Comprehensive New Cruise Line and Ship Guide
March 14, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsSan Francisco, CA (March 14, 2012)—Groundbreaking new online travel agency CruiseWise—recently singled out by the Los Angeles Times as a website that "shines like a beacon"—announced today a cruise line and ship exploration tool that makes it easier to search for and plan a cruise vacation. This extensively researched guide to the restaurants, activities, amenities, and entertainment options on board every cruise ship represents the most comprehensive collection of ship information ever assembled online in a single place.
The new ship explorer feature complements the robust search experience on CruiseWise.com by providing users with a central place to research and book a cruise online. A complete overview of each ship's statistics and amenities, along with extensive photo galleries and up-to-date information about each facility (including hours of operation, dress codes, and age limitations), greatly enhances the decision making process for cruise travelers. Users can navigate to relevant content about each ship, compare features, and then move into the process of searching for cruise itineraries and viewing prices exclusively on the CruiseWise website.
According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), cruisers spend on average almost five months planning their cruise travel, and the majority of this research is done online by visiting many different websites. Cruisers also place a much higher degree of value on the actual resort property or cruise ship where they spend their vacation in comparison to non-cruisers. It is more important than ever that cruise travelers can access online all of the information they need in order to make informed decisions about how they want to travel.
"We're thrilled to be the first cruise booking website to also feature a thoroughly researched ship guide that is more comprehensive and more accurate than any other resource out there, including the individual cruise line websites," says CruiseWise COO and co-founder Steve Davis. "When we realized how difficult it is for people to find information online about each cruise ship across multiple lines, we made it a priority to assemble all of this data in-house and build a photo-based guide that makes it a lot easier for people to plan their vacations."
CruiseWise is a cutting edge cruise search and exploration engine that makes it easier than ever to book a cruise online. Powerful search and comparison features, including the ability the view cruises going through specific ports and explore ship routes using an integrated map tool, work together with extensive port guides to radically simplify the booking process. CruiseWise also introduces interactive deck plans that allow users to select their ideal cabin and a transparent pricing tool that always displays the best prices along with the most inclusive search results.
The addition of a complete cruise line and ship guide establishes CruiseWise as the leading cruise research and booking website. To learn more, visit www.cruisewise.com.
CruiseWise brings wisdom and simplicity to cruise booking. Founded in May of 2010, CruiseWise served as the pilot team for StartUp Chile and raised a seed round of funding from Index Ventures, NEA, PROfounders, SV Angel, and a collection of angels in the travel and consumer tech industries. CruiseWise has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and made headlines in the Los Angeles Times as a new website that "shines like a beacon." CruiseWise was also highlighted in Business Insider as one of Silicon Valley's 20 hottest new startups. Based in San Francisco, CruiseWise is on a mission to take the mystery out of online cruise search.