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HOLLAND AMERICA LINE LAUNCHES NEW ‘FLIGHT EASE’ PROGRAM OFFERING MORE CHOICES FOR AIR TRAVEL
Travel sellers can choose flexible or restricted fares for their clients’ cruise bookings
Seattle, Wash., June 13, 2013 — Holland America Line recently launched the “Flight Ease” air program that allows travel sellers to easily and affordably select from two competitive pricing options depending on their clients’ travel needs: Flexible Fares to fit any schedule or Restricted Fares that are generally more cost-effective for those sure of their travel plans.
Travel sellers who book air for their clients with the new Flight Ease program enjoy more options, more flexibility and competitive fares along with Holland America Line’s assurances on air travel versus booking through another means. Flight Ease is available for departures from fall 2013 and beyond.
“With one-stop shopping, Flight Ease provides convenience, competitive pricing and peace of mind,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest relations. “Our goal is to make reserving all aspects of a cruise vacation on behalf of your clients an easy experience, and Flight Ease makes booking the air travel component a simple and full-service process.”
Available through Holland America Line’s robust Polar Online booking process, Flight Ease features up-to-the-minute fight schedules that only include those flights that arrive and depart in time for the specific cruise booked; competitive pricing and flight inventory from multiple carriers is presented. All flights booked through Flight Ease feature 24-hour assistance for questions and “Next Port Protection,” which means that in case of airline delay or cancellation en route to a cruise, Holland America Line will take care of any flight changes necessary to join the cruise at the next available port of call.
Flexible Fares provide the greatest leeway for changes with no fees to adjust a flight schedule, and airfare payment is due with the final cruise payment. Similar to other low-fare tickets, Restricted Fares are generally a lower price, have cancellation fees and require full payment for the air reservation at the time of booking.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc. (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line currently has a new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in February 2016.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.
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Holland America Line is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations. Visit us at www.
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