Episode two of Clia’s virtual ship tour series is screening on Thursday, November 12, between 9-10am, and features A-Rosa, MSC Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Tui Cruises. See more here.
P&O Cruises is offering all agents Double Shine Points for all bookings ‘made and spun’ before November 22.
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is giving travel agents the opportunity to win one of six cruises for two on board its new ships, Bolette and Borealis. Agents must enter every new booking made on the company’s 2021, 2022 or 2023 programmes – on any ship – to be in with a chance of winning. The competition runs until November 30.
Royal Caribbean International’s latest Club Royal campaign gives £5 for interior or Oceanview bookings, £7.50 for Balcony bookings and £10 for Suites. Agents can receive this in addition to their commission by registering as Club Royal members and logging their bookings on the Club Rewards platform.
The line also recently launched a new MasterCard App, which allows agents to make payments using their rewards through Apple Pay, rather than using a physical credit card. To celebrate the launch of the digital MasterCard they are currently running a social media competition where agents can win an Apple Watch. To be in with a chance of winning, agents simply need to take a picture using the app and upload to social channels using #WatchOutRoyal. The competition closes on November 17.
As part of its Always Included concept, Celebrity Cruises will be doubling its Celebrity Rewards points when selling balcony accommodation and above through to the end of February.
Virgin Voyages has recruited Andrea Jones, formerly of Princess Cruises, to support agents in the south of the UK. Jones replaces Gemma Smith, who left the line recently.
Steve Smotrys has been named as Seabourn’s new vice president, global sales. He replaces Chris Austin, previously head of global sales and marketing, who left earlier this month.
Smotrys was previously vice president of sales and trade marketing, Cunard North America. He joined Princess Cruises in 2000 and has worked for Carnival Corporation ever since, leading teams in revenue management, market planning, shore excursions and sales.
“Steve and I have worked closely together over the past several years. He brings a deep understanding of the luxury market and the travel industry,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn. “Many of our travel advisor partners know Steve well and we encourage them to join us in welcoming Steve to the Seabourn family.”
Saga has appointed Nick Stace as CEO of its travel business. Stace, who is currently Saga’s chief strategy officer, will take up the new role with immediate effect. He will now oversee Saga’s cruise and tours business as well as retain responsibility for strategy. Stace replaces Robin Shaw who left Saga in June. Before joining Saga, Stace was CEO of The Prince’s Trust. He has also held senior roles at Which? and ran the strategic communication function for Gordon Brown when he was prime minister.
Abta has appointed Graeme Buck as its new director of communications. Buck, who joined the team on November 2, was previously head of communications at Waitrose & Partners. He replaces Victoria Bacon, Abta’s director of brand and business development, who left the association earlier in the year. Commenting on the appointment, Mark Tanzer, Abta’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Graeme to the senior team at Abta. His experience of communications in a rapidly changing consumer environment, and his work on corporate responsibility, will both be relevant to the challenges and opportunities facing Abta’s Members.”
Celestyal Cruises has hired Emma Paxton as its business development manager for Northern England, Scotland and Ireland. Paxton has previously worked for Royal Caribbean, SeaWorld, Universal and Tui. She will report into Jo Reid, the company’s UK & Ireland country manager and work alongside Penny Moschidou, commercial assistant; and Rebecca Witte, marketing executive for Western and Northern Europe.