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Ecommerce Travel Website design and development | Volusion

Ecommerce Travel Website design and development | Volusion

The client who is an internationally recognized provider of day passes to the top resorts exclusively for cruise ship passengers, requested custom functionality that would give their customers the ability to choose specific options, including being able to search by particular cruise ship and date range when booking their excursion and to have custom excursion passes available for download after their purchase.

Software Development Challenge

Resort for a Day, wanted to be the industry leader of companies providing provide day excursions for cruise ship customers.

Prior to the development of the custom application, Resort for a Day; could not offer their customers the ability to choose from the many options that the company wanted to offer them when booking their trip.

Resort for a Day wanted to give their customers the ability to see real time cruise-ship availability and book their excursion, using a date range calculator, as well as having a ‘pass’ generated right on their website; before the customer departs for their cruise. This would enable customers to gain entrance when they arrive at their destination, saving them time and the hassle of procuring the necessary documents. Therefore, the goal of pursuing the services of a custom web development company for the development of a custom application; had become necessary.

Potential customers would find it very difficult to determine if a particular vacation package was available based on their specific cruise dates, customers must contact the company by phone; and an employee had to manually check the availability of excursion dates.

Due to the limitations of the current Volusion Platform, modifications to the existing shopping cart needed to be made; therefore new custom shopping cart functionality with all of the features desired by the company; needed to be created, in order for them to be able to attain their goals and objectives.

Software Development Strategy and solution

The existing Volusion shopping cart was not set-up to reflect the needed changes, and as a result, custom shopping cart functionality would also need to be developed.

The Volusion platform requires the use of their API (Application Programming Interface) to enable this type of custom functionality; Nexus Software Systems was tasked with the development of a custom application which would need to be compatible.

Transformation

With the development and implementation of a unique, enhanced, and highly-functional application; ‘Resort for a Day’ customers are now be able to easily find and book cruise excursions on their website.

The applications developed for ‘Resort for a Day’, provide custom functionality that offers their customers the ability to choose the cruise excursion they prefer; by calculating the dates using a real-time multi-option date range calculator, which lists all cruises by departure date and also by port. The application also shows when a certain cruise ship is ‘at sea’.

As a result of the collaboration, the client has grown their business substantially, becoming one of the top excursion providers for cruise ships.