Transat Holidays Presents its 2013-2015 Cruise Collection

Montreal, August 15, 2013 – Transat, one of the largest integrated tourism companies in the world and Canada’s holiday travel leader, rounds out its 2013 season with the launch of its Cruise Collection 2013-2015 brochure and exciting promotions.

Transat Holidays continues to expand its collection by offering new cruise products from some of the world’s most popular cruise lines, including Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Star Clippers and Uniworld River Cruises. Combined, these cruise lines sail the seven seas and some of the world’s most stunning rivers. As recently announced, Transat Holidays has added the unique Cuba Cruise line for those who wish to explore Cuba’s cultural richness, as well as river cruises with AmaWaterways.

ENHANCED SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

Transat Holidays is launching a new star rating system for the ships of major cruise lines featured in its cruise brochure. More detailed information on the unique highlights of their newest ships will also be available, making it easier for consumers and agents to compare the different characteristics and attributes of each cruise. Ratings are based on Transat Holidays’ selection criteria and its own appreciation of ship features.

Transat Holidays is also featuring maps for the majority of itineraries offered by its cruise lines, to facilitate browsing through the hundreds of available routes. Itinerary details can now be accessed online by both consumers and agents on Transat Holidays’ website.

“Transat Holidays offers vacationers an extensive array of cruises to choose from, each offering an exceptional experience that’s distinctly unique. Our new brochure is designed to make it easier for our valued travel partners, especially those less familiar with cruising, to find the option best suited to their clients,” commented Malcolm Sorab, Director of Cruises, Transat Tours Canada.

ONLY FROM TRANSAT HOLIDAYS

Back by popular demand and exclusive to Transat Holidays, the Costa Magica offers sailings from La Romana every Monday from December 23, 2013 to March 24, 2014. The 7-night Lesser Antilles itinerary features the breathtaking islands of Catalina, Tortola, Antigua, Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Maarten. Packages include roundtrip airfare and transfers from a variety of gateways across Eastern Canada.

Also exclusive to Transat Holidays is the MSC Musica, with sailings from La Romana every Sunday from December 22, 2013 to March 16, 2014. This program is only offered from Quebec and targets a French-speaking clientele. The package includes roundtrip airfare, and the exotic, 7-night Southern Caribbean itinerary features the islands of St. Maarten, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Tortola, Santo Domingo and La Romana.

Both cruises are offered in conjunction with an optional one-week pre- or post-stay at a selection of all-inclusive resorts in La Romana.

TRANSAT HOLIDAYS FLIES THE WORLD!

As previously announced, Transat Holidays now offers flights in conjunction with cruises sailing from a wide array of destinations in Australia and New Zealand, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, South America, the United Arab Emirates, China and more. Flights are provided by over 60 airlines.

FOR FLORIDA CRUISE PASSENGERS

Free airport-to-stateroom baggage delivery service

Transat Holidays offers a professional delivery service that provides direct delivery of clients’ luggage, from the Fort Lauderdale airport to the Port of Miami or Port Everglades. With this service, clients can simply hop off the plane, claim their luggage at the airport and hand it to an attendant, who will have it delivered to their stateroom on the ship.

Exclusive complimentary airline check-in at the pier

Cruise passengers returning to Canada can now check in for their flight right at the pier! When disembarking a ship in Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), clients will be greeted by our Transat Holidays USA team, who will direct them to the pier-side counter, where they can check in and deposit their luggage.

Take 5 more kilos!

When flying Air Transat or CanJet to Fort Lauderdale, cruise passengers may check baggage totalling up to 25 kg.

OUR CRUISE PROMOTIONS

Europe – Save up to $200 per couple on your flight and cruise

When booking a Europe cruise in conjunction with an Air Transat flight departing between April 1 and October 31, 2014, clients save up to $200 per couple on their flight. Valid for bookings made by December 31, 2013.

This special offer is valid for all European destinations served by Air Transat, including:

  1. France: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris
  2. Greece: Athens
  3. Italy: Rome, Venice
  4. Netherlands: Amsterdam
  5. Belgium: Brussels
  6. Germany: Frankfurt
  7. Portugal: Faro, Lisbon, Porto
  8. Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga
  9. Switzerland: Basel
  10. Turkey: Istanbul
  11. United Kingdom & Ireland: Birmingham, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Shannon

Florida – Save up to $100 per couple on your flight and cruise

When booking a Florida cruise in conjunction with an Air Transat or CanJet flight to Orlando or Fort Lauderdale, clients save up to $50 per person on their flight when booking in advance:

  • Book by September 30, 2013 for departures between November 1 and December 18, 2013
  • Book by October 31, 2013 for departures between December 19, 2013 and April 30, 2014
  • Book by February 28, 2014 for departures between May 1 and October 31, 2014

Cruise Line Best Price Guarantee

Transat Holidays will also apply the Best Price Guarantee offered by participating cruise lines. Certain restrictions apply.

Transat Holidays Flight Protection for Cruise Passengers

Book a Transat Holidays cruise and flight and rest assured that, should a delayed flight cause clients to miss their cruise, they will be rebooked on the next available flight to meet their cruise.  Likewise when returning home, if a ship delay causes clients to miss their return flight, we will rebook them on the next available flight home. Certain restrictions apply.

About Transat Holidays

Year-round, Transat Holidays provides its customers across Canada with a full range of holiday products. It offers sun vacations, with a choice of more than 220 hotels, mainly in the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida, along with an impressive array of flights, packages and tours to some 30 European destinations. Transat Holidays also offers more than 100 cruises all around the world.

About Air Transat

Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries aboard its fleet of Airbus wide-body jets. The company employs approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries.

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