Get aboard for big cruise promotion

THE nation's largest cruise promotion kicks off this September with dozens of cruise lines offering exclusive deals to entice even more Australians onboard in the lead-up to a record cruise season.

The International Cruise Council Australasia's inaugural National Cruise Week will run from September 3 to 9.

For one week only, 28 International Cruise Council Australasia member cruise lines will offer cruise specials available only through hundreds of the Cruise Council's member travel agents.

International Cruise Council Australasia general manager Brett Jardine said National Cruise Week would be the largest cruise promotion ever undertaken by the local cruise industry.

"Throughout National Cruise Week, Australians will be able to take advantage of exclusive deals and spectacular savings offered by member cruise lines through [International Cruise Council Australasia] member travel agents," Mr Jardine said.

"For any holidaymakers wanting to book their first cruise or organise their next holiday at sea, National Cruise Week is the time to get onboard."

Australia is one of the fastest-growing cruise markets in the world with 623,294 Australians taking a cruise holiday in 2011, up 34 per cent on the previous year.

To mark National Cruise Week, Ramsgate Travel Service will hold a Viking River Cruise information evening on Thursday, September 6. Details: 9529 3444.

In addition to the fabulous offers the cruise lines will have available, for every new booking, Ramsgate Travel Service will provide a complimentary copy of the 2012-13 Cruise Guide.

■ To find out what's happening in your area visit: www.nationalcruiseweek.com.au.

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