Norwegian Cruise Line is offering agents double points on NCL Freestyle Rewards. The limited time promotion coincides with NCL announcing its highly anticipated return to service, with new itineraries sailing in Europe and the Caribbean from July 25.
NCL is offering double points to agents who book select sailings by April 21.
Celebrity Rewards is giving agents the opportunity to double their earnings on Balcony staterooms and above with up to £20 per booking, applicable across all Celebrity ships and sailings, until April 30.
Visit Celebrity Rewards and remember to redeem your points.
To celebrate the launch of the American Countess, American Queen Steamboat Company will give every agent and their customer a bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon for every Atol package booking. The sailings need to be made through Light Blue Travel before May 31.
Saga is offering agents £20 for every booking they make between April 12 and May 2. Claim your £20 here.
Travelsphere are running a Love & Share promotion. For every booking made by April 30, they will give you a £21 Love2Shop Voucher and donate £21 to ABTA LifeLine.
Travel agents can earn £20 per booking with Carnival Cruise Line.
Titan Travel has launched a new High Street’s Back campaign. For the next five weeks, they will be giving away a £200 Lifestyle Voucher each week. Every agent who confirms a new Titan booking between April 12 and May 16 will receive an automatic entry.
Robert Scott, P&O’s vice president of brand & product is to take on an expanded role as vice president brand, marketing & sales. The move follows the departure of Alex Delamere-White, who will officially leave the business at the end of May.
Scott has been with P&O Cruises for more than five years in various positions, implementing a new brand strategy. He also led the brand and onboard experience strategy for the company’s two new Excel class ships Iona and Arvia and was instrumental in delivering the partnership with Gary Barlow as musical director for Iona.
More recently he was Carnival UK’s lead on the Covid-19 “Return to Service” programme, overseeing the coordination of the framework of health protocols which will be in place from the first UK coastal cruise in June this year.
Scott said: “This is a significant time for the travel industry and particularly the cruise sector, as we begin the initial phase of our return to service with the UK coastal cruises. The arrival of our two new ships for P&O Cruises in the next 18 months, Iona and Arvia, gives us huge scope to encourage a new audience to cruising and travel agents will play a critical role in this future growth.
“I am looking forward to playing a part in the recovery of the industry in the coming years, through listening to our guests, working closely with our travel agent partners and continued investment in our ships.”
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Robert’s varied and proven sales and marketing expertise will stand us in good stead as we embark on our resumption of sailing at this milestone time for the industry as whole. His experience with blue chip companies will ensure that hand in hand with our agent partners we will create stand out communication and strong commercial partnerships for our mutual benefit.”
MSC Cruises has announced five senior appointments for its much-anticipated luxury brand, including Chris Austin, the former Seabourn senior vice president.
The team will be led by CEO Michael Ungerer, who said: “The leaders of the new brand bring more than 100 years of combined knowledge and expertise in the luxury, hospitality and cruise sectors. Together they will create a luxury and lifestyle travel experience as distinct as it is trailblazing, exceeding the expectations of both discerning cruisers seeking something different, those new to cruising and nextgenlux travellers curious to start.”
MSC’s luxury brand will deliver its first vessel in 2023 from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
The other appointments are Sarah Doyle (chief marketing officer), Thatcher Brown (commercial and strategic advisor), Sacha Rougier (head of itinerary planning and shore experience) and John Stoll (destination experience advisor).
Ungerer added: “As momentum builds towards the reveal of our vision, our top team will continue to grow, with further highly talented and experienced appointments in people, product and culinary roles.”
Stuart Leven has left Royal Caribbean Group.
Leven, who was with the company for eight years, held roles including vice president EMEA and managing director of RCL Cruises. Most recently he was in charge of government relations.
Sean Treacy, SVP international, said: “Stuart has driven our European performance and awareness over the last few years and has led our back to service partnerships with governments and industry associations across Europe. During his tenure, our brands won unprecedented trade recognition across many European markets and he leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the next chapter of his career.”
Leven added: “I would like to thank all at Royal Caribbean Group for their support and backing during my time with the company. We have achieved a great deal and it has been a privilege leading the EMEA efforts of such an innovative and progressive organisation. I wish everyone at the Group, and our travel agency partners, every success as the industry gets back to providing the great holidays our guests love.”
Meanwhile, Craig Upshall, Aurora Expeditions’ UK & Europe sales director, has left the business to take up a position in Qatar. Any UK trade enquiries should now go to Jay Turner, the company’s business development manager.