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July 19, 2011 12:00 ET

Expedia Says Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Cruises Are the Most Luxurious, Budget-Friendly, Hassle-Free Mode of Travel to Europe

European Cruises Offering Unprecedented Deals; Earn up to 10,000 Expedia Rewards Points on Cruise Bookings

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - Jul 19, 2011) - Expedia.com®, the world's largest online travel agency, announced today that travelers looking to book vacations to Europe should seriously consider a cruise. Cruising delivers substantial value and terrific benefits, from saving on hotel bookings to world-class onboard entertainment options to the ease of booking offshore excursions. Cruising through Europe effectively removes much of the stress inherent to international travel. In addition, for a limited time, travelers participating in the Expedia Rewards™ program who book a cruise on Expedia can earn up to 10,000 Expedia Reward Points.

"There is tremendous value for travelers booking cruises to Europe right now. We have seen increased interest in European cruises this year," said Koreen McNutt, director of cruise, Expedia.com. "Cruise transactions to Europe continue to become more popular, and for good reason. With airlines cutting capacity to Europe and with fewer travelers able to afford the increasing costs, cruise lines are cutting rates without cutting amenities."

Expedia recently compared the price for a representative seven-night cruise departing this fall versus a comparable and representative seven-night Mediterranean trip during the same time, including hotel, food and transportation. Overall, two adults taking a seven-night, self-guided trip through Spain and Italy staying in 4-star accommodations paid 68% more than those taking a seven-night cruise in an inside cabin with a leading cruise line. Even a cruise in a balcony cabin offers 33% savings in comparison to the same self-guided trip.

"Cruises offer four-star hotel accommodations featuring luxury pools and spas and world class entertainment at rates as low as $72 per night," added McNutt. "When you compare that to a four-star property in Spain or Italy the savings are enormous, not to mention the added value of having great restaurants, casinos and nightclubs right outside your cabin door. And travelers aren't missing out on the land excursions either; shore excursions to the Parthenon in Athens, the Colosseum in Rome, casinos in Monte Carlo and Dubrovnik are simple to purchase onboard so travelers can enjoy land and sea at once."

Current examples of current deals offered by Expedia® include:

To be eligible for Expedia Reward points, travelers must spend a minimum of $500 on any of the participating cruise lines. To earn points, travel must be booked by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on August 12, 2011 and completed by December 31, 2011. Travelers must provide their 12-digit Expedia Rewards ID at the time of booking. Travelers can also enroll in Expedia Rewards for free at www.expedia.com/rewards.

For more information on booking a cruise to Europe or the Expedia Rewards promotion please visit cruise.expedia.com.

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Savings referenced are examples only and may not be achieved on all comparisons.

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