Virgin Voyages has revealed offers including cruise savings, onboard credit and a bonus bar tab as part of its Wave campaign. It has also launched a new online learning platform for agents called Seacademy. The new platform will serve as a one-stop shop for all things Virgin Voyages for agents, which Virgin calls First Mates.
MSC Cruises has launched its Wave promotion which will see a Premium Drinks Package included on all bookings made on the ‘Fantastica Experience’. The promotion is available for all bookings made until midnight on April 30, and includes all summer 2021 and winter 2021/2022 itineraries.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has launched Upgrade Your Horizon, where guests can enjoy a two-category suite upgrade, up to a Penthouse Suite, on all published cruises when booked between now and February 28.
Royal Caribbean Group is to make a $40 million available to loan to travel agents as part of its RCL Cares programme. The loan initiative is called Pay it Forward. The loans will be for up to $250,000 for qualifying travel agents – although the company said “businesses still need financial wherewithal during this intervening period of slower-than-usual business”. The loans will for three years and will be interest-free.
Norwegian Cruise Line has launched Norwegian Central, a new trade portal which it says will help agents learn, market and sell NCL holidays more easily. Here agents gain direct single log-in access to NCL’s agent booking engine Seaweb, as well to a complete relaunch of NCL’s training platform NCL University (NCLU). It has also launched NCL Air – a platform for fly-cruise bookings which is now available in the UK and continental Europe.
Princess Cruises has extended its 2021 ex-UK season for Sky Princess as part of its Dream With Us sale. The ship, one of the newest in the Princess fleet, will now sail six extra cruises out of Southampton. Prices start from £499 for a seven-night sailing.
It has also introduced a new Princess Promise, reassuring guests that Princess will “make it right” for any onboard service that did not meet their expectations. This may include, but is not limited to, onboard credits, future cruise credits or refunds.
Cunard is offering onboard spend and accommodation upgrades on select voyages as part of its Wave campaign. The offers are available on cruises up to 2023.
Azamara, Royal Caribbean’s destination focused cruise line, has revealed its Wave offer, which will see guests able to take advantage of 40 per cent fare reductions for sailings between March 20, 2021 and May 13, 2022.
P&O Cruises has increased agent commission by one per cent and will give away an additional 100,000 Shine points during the peak booking period until March as a reward for support shown by agents in 2020.
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests up to £600 to spend on board or a free drinks package as part of its annual Cruise Sale. The offer runs until February 2 and includes more than 120 cruises in 2021 and 2022.
Intrepid Travel has launched an incentive giving agents the chance to win a trip to Antarctica. Agents can enter the Race to the Pole incentive by selling an Intrepid trip or joining one of the company’s webinars. Those who make an Antarctica booking will receive five entries into the competition, which runs until February 28. The prize includes flights, transfers, pre/post-departure accommodation and a single berth in a twin window cabin on Ocean Endeavour in the 2022/23 season.
AmaWaterways has launched its second training course on AmaAcademy, its online training platform, focusing on the Danube. The course is designed to help agents increase their sales on the popular river. Travel agents who make a reservation with a deposit within 90 days of completing the new course qualify to earn a £25 Love2shop voucher – limited to one voucher per agent.
Scenic has unveiled its Wave offer, including savings of 20 per cent on Scenic Eclipse sailings, until February 15. Guests booking a 2022 European river cruise can save up to £1,500 per couple while those booking Southeast Asia river cruises can save up to £2,500.
Holland America Line has extended its two per cent bonus commission for travel agents until the end of January. The offer is valid on all 2021 Alaska, Europe and Canada & New England cruises for new bookings made by January 31.