3 years ago

DreamLines sails into new capital round with ex-Kayak executive leading

A former-boss of Kayak in Europe is behind a seven-figure Euro investment in DreamLines, a German online travel agency specialising in cruise trips.

Christian Saller, who joined Kayak as part of its acquisition of metasearch site Swoodoo in May 2010 and later became its managing director for Europe, is now a partner at Holtzbrinck Ventures and led the investment in NetVacation, parent company behind the DreamLines services.

Other participants include Global Founders Group, the team fronted by the Samwer brothers who previously invested in the likes of Facebook, Trivago, HomeAway and more recently with Ulmon.

Holtzbrinck’s involvement makes it one of the largest investors in DreamLines alongside Hasso Plattner Ventures and TruVenturo.

DreamLines was launched in 2012 and operates mostly in Germany with Italy, France, Australia, Russia and Brazil also having their own versions of the site.

It currently carries around 30,000 cruise products covering short-term river excursions to round-the-world trips.

The company claims the investment will help in its ambitions to become a “global leader in the online cruise market”.

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Kevin May

About the Writer :: Kevin May

Kevin is senior editor and a co-founder at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.

He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and publishes his first book - a biography about Depeche Mode - in early-2017.



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  1. Peter T

    I am not surprised, DreamLines are a great organization, Cruise Factory XML feeds into their site in Australia http://www.dreamlines.com.au/ , good luck to them, new thinking and new models are the way to go.


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