RCI, a global leader in vacation exchange and timeshare exchange and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands has entered into an agreement with ICE Gallery Asia Pacific to offer RCI subscribing members in Asia a choice of 10,000 cruise itineraries from among the world’s leading cruise liners.
“We are very excited about RCI Cruise as it allows us to offer a new dimension in vacation exchange to our members. In addition to offering holiday exchanges at over 4,000 RCI affiliated resorts globally, the launch of RCI Cruise will enable our members to enjoy the experience of a cruise holiday from among 10,000 itineraries available across the globe. The debut of RCI Cruise in Asia underlines our vision to identify innovative vacation exchange options and we will continue to explore opportunities that will enhance the vacation experiences of our members and their families,” said Kendall Oei, president and managing director of Group RCI, Asia Pacific.
Group RCI’s foray into offering cruise exchange in Asia is timely as cruise holidays are gaining popularity around the world. According to the UN-World Tourism Organization (WTO), 1.4% of international arrivals are cruise passengers, generating rising revenues from all locations, and mainstream liners are extending their itineraries into Asia. The World Cruise Shipping Industry to 2020 report predicts that globally, world cruise passenger aggregate is expected to reach 18 million by 2010, 22.6 million by 2015 and 27 million by 2020.
“We are delighted to have ICE steer our first cruise exchange in Asia. In view of the growing demand for cruise holidays, working together with an international and experienced cruise organization like ICE is key to the success of RCI Cruise. We are confident that ICE’s expertise in cruise programs and their array of cruise offerings will be most appreciated by RCI members,” added Mr Oei.
ICE is one of the foremost worldwide cruise and leisure organizations specializing in value-added cruise programs, internet marketing solutions and unique technology solutions for a global portfolio of innovative travel alliances among top corporations, resorts, cruise lines and vacation suppliers.
ICE will manage and operate the RCI Cruise program and provide cruise products and benefits to RCI members. Through RCI Cruise, RCI members will have access to a vast network of renowned international cruise liners including Royal Caribbean International, Cunard, Holland-America Line, Princess, Norwegian, Celebrity, Disney Cruises and Carnival.
RCI members will be able to exchange their vacation week or RCI Points towards the purchase of up to four cabins at cruise exchange pricing plus only one transaction fee on selected cruises, depending on the type of cruise, cabin, date and destination. Alternatively, RCI Members and their family and friends can avail themselves of member-only special rates should they opt to purchase a cruise holiday outright through RCI, instead of exchanging their week or RCI Points.