TripIt Adds Cruises to Its Online Travel Organizer and Social Travel Service
Now Supports Travel Confirmation Emails From Travelocity Cruises and Top Cruise Lines
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - Just in time for the summer cruise season, TripIt (www.tripit.com), the intelligent personal travel organizer, has added support for adding cruises to travel itineraries. TripIt also can automatically process confirmation emails for cruises booked on Travelocity or directly with Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and other top cruise lines.
"Planning cruise vacations can be deceptively complex. In addition to booking the cruise, many travelers also need to organize travel before and after the cruise, activities at various ports-of-call, and even extending their cruises with add-on vacations," commented Gregg Brockway, TripIt co-founder and president. "TripIt organizes all these details in one itinerary, automatically adds useful information and makes it easy to share with family and friends. Our goal is to take care of the details so people can spend more time enjoying their vacations."
Travel industry experts are predicting that demand for cruise travel will remain high despite a weakening economy, as value-seeking travelers are attracted to the all-inclusive nature of cruises. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) estimates more than 12.8 million cruise passengers worldwide for 2008 -- and cruise lines plan to add more than 35 new ships in the next four years. In addition, based on a passenger survey reported by CLIA, approximately 40 percent of embarking cruise passengers also stayed one or more nights before or after their cruise.
TripIt intelligently organizes trip details -- including flight, hotel, rental car, train, cruise and activities. People simply forward their travel confirmation emails to email@example.com. TripIt automatically builds a master travel itinerary that can be printed, viewed online, accessed from a mobile device, and easily shared with friends and fellow travelers on their TripIt social network. And like a good personal travel assistant, TripIt searches sites like Google, Eventful, Flickr, Wikipedia, NOAA, and others to automatically add helpful details like daily weather, local maps, driving directions and travel guides.
TripIt now offers users the ability to add a cruise to their TripIt itinerary, along with other details about pre and post-cruise travel, ports-of-call and other activities on their trip. Users can also forward their cruise confirmation emails from travelocity.com, royalcaribbean.com, ncl.com and celebrity.com to TripIt and have all that information automatically added to their TripIt itinerary.
TripIt helps people organize their online travel plans -- flights, hotels, rental cars, trains and cruises -- no matter where they are booked. Travelers just forward their travel confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. TripIt processes these emails and automatically creates a master itinerary with travel plans, daily weather, local maps, restaurant reservations, city guides and more. With TripIt, it's easy for travelers to access all their trip plans online or from a mobile device -- and to share itineraries and see when their trips overlap with friends and colleagues in their TripIt social network. TripIt has been honored by TechCrunch, Under The Radar, Web 2.0 Summit and was a 2008 Webby Nominee. More at www.tripit.com.