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Expedia.com Sets Sail with Great Cruise Deals in 2005
Book a Cruise with Expedia.com Before February 28, 2005 and Receive Exceptional Deals on the Year's Best Cruises, Plus Up to $300 From Giftcertificates.com
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BELLEVUE, Wash.

Expedia.com(R), the world's leading online travel service, today launched its annual cruise promotion, Expedia(R) Cruise Days. In addition to offering great savings, upgrades and shipboard credits on most cruises, Expedia has partnered with Giftcertificates.com(TM) to offer cruisers who book during the promotion period a gift they can redeem with hundreds of merchants.* The Expedia(R) Cruise Days deals can be found under "Expedia(R) Cruise Days" at www.expedia.com/cruise. The promotion applies to bookings made between now and February 28, 2005 for select sailings departing on March 1 through September 30, 2005.

"Expedia strives to provide the best value on cruises for our customers, and this partnership with Giftcertificates.com offers an exciting bonus on top of these exceptional deals," said Mark Kammerer, vice president, cruises, Expedia. "Our offer covers thousands of cruise cabins, but travelers should book now -- cruises are more popular than ever in 2005 and cabins are quickly filling up!"

Customers will receive a gift certificate from Giftcertificates.com redeemable for products or services ranging in value from $25 to $300, based on the length of cruise and cabin category. For example, an outside cabin for a three-night cruise can earn a cruiser a $25 certificate; a suite for 10+ nights will earn them $300.

Cruisers will receive their certificate by email approximately four to six weeks after the completion of their sailing and can redeem it by visiting Giftcertificates.com, where they'll be able to choose from hundreds of merchants. More information on the promotion can be found at www.expedia.com/cruise.

Some of the special cruise offers during the promotion period that can be found at Expedia.com include:

  -- Crystal Cruises:  Web-exclusive offer of up to $600 shipboard credit
     per cabin, plus $200 off select sailings to top destinations.
  -- Disney Cruise Lines:  Cruise the Caribbean aboard the Disney Magic(R)
     or Disney Wonder(R) with low rates from $399.
  -- Celebrity:  Save up to $200 off select Panama Canal, Caribbean, Alaska,
     and Mexico sailings on the Constellation, Mercury, Galaxy, and Century.
  -- Norwegian:  Sale of all Sails: Offering upgrades, coupon books,
     half-price fares, and $50 shipboard credit on select sailings and cabin
     categories
  -- Princess:  Receive up to $200 shipboard credit on select Caribbean,
     Panama Canal, and Alaska sailings departing in 2005
  -- Windstar:  Sail away with Windstar in 2005 to Mexico, Europe,
     Greece-Turkey and more and you will receive up to $300 in shipboard
     credit.

Interested in cruises to certain destinations? Check out some of these spectacular sailings planned from March 1 to September 30:

  -- Caribbean Vacations:  Book a 3-night getaway in the Bahamas aboard
     Carnival's Fascination (4-stars) for $299/person. Or take a 9-night
     cruise to the Virgin Islands on the Norwegian Spirit (4-stars) for
     $699/person.
  -- Magic of Disney:  Climb aboard the Disney Wonder (4.5-stars) for a
     3-night trip to the Bahamas for $349/person or extend your trip to
     7 nights in the Caribbean aboard the Disney Magic (4.5-stars) for
     $799/person.
  -- Southern Comfort:  Take an 8-night cruise and visit Belize and Costa
     Rica on the Carnival Legend (4.5-stars) for $829/person.
  -- Alaskan Adventure:  Explore the great outdoors on a 5-night cruise on
     Celebrity's Mercury (4-stars) for $505/person or spend 7 nights aboard
     Princess' Sun Princess (4.5-stars) for $699/person.

  Helping Choose the Perfect Cruise

With so many great deals, the challenging part for many travelers is deciding where to go. Expedia's first-hand cruise reviews help customers find the cruise that's right for you. The reviews are conducted and written by Expedia and offer helpful information about particular ships that travelers can't find anywhere else online. Expedia cruise reviews offer customers in-depth, unbiased information on "who should go" on the ship, hits and misses, how to meet the captain, restaurant reviews, comments "heard on deck," reviews on entertainment, shopping and spa/fitness amenities on board, as well as objective reviews of activities and events designed for kids traveling on the ship.

When travelers are ready to research and book a cruise, Expedia is prepared to serve all cruise customers in the way that best fits their needs. They can use Expedia's full-service online research and booking system at www.expedia.com/cruise to browse through and book the cruise right for them. Or, for customers wanting personal assistance in choosing and booking the cruise that best suits their vacation plans, Expedia(R) Cruise Specialists are available seven days a week at 1-888-249-3978.

About Expedia, Inc.

Expedia, Inc. is the world's leading online travel service and the fourth largest travel agency in the U.S. Expedia's award-winning Expert Searching and Pricing (ESP) technology delivers the most comprehensive flight options available online. ESP also allows customers to dynamically build complete trips that combine flights, Expedia(R) Special Rate hotels and other lodging, ground transportation, and destination services and activities. Expedia's quality and leadership have been recognized in awards such as PC Magazine's "Editors' Choice" and Forbes "Favorite General Travel Site." Expedia is an operating company of IAC/InterActiveCorp . CST: 2029030-40

NOTE: Expedia, Expedia.com, and the airplane logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the United States, Canada and/or other countries. Other products and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

*Terms and conditions

The GiftCertificates.com promotion offering a SuperCertificates(R) is valid for new bookings in an outside cabin or higher on a 3-night cruise or longer made on Expedia.com, or through our Cruise Specialists at 1-800-220-8176, between January 4, 2005, and February 28, 2005. Valid for sailings departing between March 1 and September 30, 2005. Offer is applicable per cabin, not per person. Those who cancel and rebook are not eligible. This promotion does not apply to Carnival cruises. Offer is not available on any Celebrity Zenith and Horizon sailings, but is valid on all other Celebrity ships and sail dates that depart between March 1 and September 30, 2005, but must be booked by February 15, 2005 to receive the SuperCertificate. The SuperCertificate is valid on all Royal Caribbean ships and sail dates that depart in April, May, and September 11 - December 18, 2005, but must be booked by February 15, 2005.

SuperCertificate(R) products are redeemable at GiftCertificates.com and cannot be used on the websites or in the stores of merchants represented on GiftCertificates.com. SuperCertificate(R) products are not redeemable for cash, SuperCertificate(R) products, or American Express(R) Gift Cheques. Promotions are not valid when redeeming SuperCertificate(R) gifts. For full product features and terms, please go to www.GiftCertificates.com.

Please visit www.expedia.com/cruise to read all applicable terms and conditions for the Expedia(R) Cruise Days sale.

SOURCE: Expedia, Inc.

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