At the Lawn Club, a park like space with real grass on the top deck of the luxurious “Celebrity Solstice” berthed in Sydney this week, I attended the announcement of a partnership between Qantas and Cruise Guru which will launch Qantas into the fast growing cruise market.
Cruise Guru, part of the Travel the World Pty Ltd group of companies, is a specialist cruise website that began operation in January 2012, offering a one stop shop for Australian cruise customers. Being 100% Australian owned and operated, Cruise Guru provides consumers with the best prices and most up to date deals with the convenience of full live online booking for major cruise lines.
Qantas customers can now book cruises online through Qantas.com using the technology of Cruise Choice, powered by Cruise Guru. Unique to Qantas Cruises is the ability for customers to access a full range of cruise lines and ships, with live cabin availability and prices plus instant confirmation.
Cruise Choice allows the consumer to book their cruise online 24/7 with up to the minute live pricing and availability. With 17 international cruise lines, 162 ships and over 10,000 cruise itineraries, the consumer will be in control of their cruise holiday from start to finish, having the ability to choose the latest specials and prices, cabin type, cabin number and confirm their cruise without delays.
Cruise Guru Joint Managing Director, Justin Montgomery, said he was thrilled to be able to use Cruise Guru’s unique technology to create new opportunities and services for the growing number of Australians choosing to holiday by cruise.
An added bonus with the partnership between Qantas and Cruise Guru means that all Qantas Frequent Flyer members will receive Qantas Frequent Flyer points for their bookings.
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