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Appen Media kicks off annual cruise giveaway

Expedia CruiseShipCenter sponsors giveaway



ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Christine Ward and her family had the time of their lives recently cruising in the Western Caribbean.

Ward and her husband took

their two adult children on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise

because she said they knew there would be something for everyone to enjoy.

“The cruise was fantastic,” Ward said. “The best part was being able to spend time with my family. Our favorite excursion was definitely swimming with the dolphins in Mexico. What a great memory.”

They didn’t have to pay a dime, thanks to entering and winning Appen Media Group’s annual Appen Cruise Giveaway.

“I wish I could win again,” Ward said. “It was a great contest and so easy. Once we won, working with Vince Bonafonti at Expedia Cruises was easy and enjoyable.”

Now it’s your chance.

Each week from Jan. 18 to Feb. 22, the papers of Appen Media Group – the Alpharetta-Roswell Herald, Milton Herald, Johns Creek Herald and Forsyth Herald – will feature the Expedia CruiseShipCenter’s logo hidden somewhere on the printed pages. Readers have to find the logo and enter to win on by describing exactly where the logo can be found that week.

On March 5, a winner will be randomly chosen from the entries.

That’s how Ward, the 2017 winner, received $2,000 that was applied toward the cruise vacation of their choice, courtesy of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Alpharetta.

And once the new winner is chosen, it’ll be smooth sailing, thanks to the help of the staff at Expedia, including Bonfanti, the franchise owner.

The most important part of this experience, Bonfanti said, is the way it underscores the change in the role travel agents now play.

“Travel agents who were simply order takers have mostly gone out of business. They’ve become replaced by the Internet,” Bonfanti said. “Today’s successful travel agents have become travel consultants. We’re trained experts and passionate travelers and cruise enthusiasts.”

In addition to providing advice from consultants, Bonfanti said all the other services travel agents offer are free for customers.

“We’re paid by the cruise lines and do not charge service fees (other than arranging flights in some cases),” Bonfanti said. “Even better, because of the buying power of Expedia, we’re often able to offer price discounts or bonuses such as onboard cash credits, free prepaid gratuities, or reduced deposits that you won’t get when booking directly with the cruise lines.”

Expedia CruiseShipCenters is located at 10945 State Bridge Road, Suite 105, Alpharetta. They can be found online at

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