All aboard for cruise specials in October
IF YOU'VE been dreaming about a cruise holiday, October could be the month to make your dream a reality with a range of special deals to be offered.
The local cruise industry will launch its first ever 'Plan a Cruise Month' promotion in October, offering holidaymakers oceans and rivers full of cruise deals.
The promotion aims to highlight the ever-widening variety of cruise ships providing great value holidays for Australians and New Zealanders across the world's ocean and rivers.
Throughout October, cruise lines will be releasing deals which will be available from cruise specialist travel agents, who have been certified by the industry's peak body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.
The deals will be built around four weekly themes, starting on October 1 with luxury and expedition cruising, then moving on to river cruising, cruising from Australia and New Zealand and international cruising.
CLIA Australasia commercial director Brett Jardine said travellers could find their nearest cruise agent via CLIA's online 'Agent Finder' available on its website cruising.org.au, or phone the CLIA on (02) 9964 9600.
Mr Jardine said there were thousands of cruise specialist agents located around Australia who could help find the right cruise holiday for every holidaymaker.
"Just like you would use a certified mechanic to fix your car, it makes sense to use a CLIA accredited cruise expert to help plan your cruise holiday, especially since you are investing your time and money to create memories that last a lifetime," Mr Jardine said.
"Travel agents provide a personalised, customised holiday based on their clients' specific holiday desires.
"There are so many cruise options today and each cruise brand has a different personality.
"A travel agent can make sure that they match the right ship and the right itinerary to each holiday occasion."