Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering guests a two-category upgrade and a reduced deposit limit as part of its latest incentive.
The upgrade is available up to a penthouse suite and is available on more than 80 Mediterranean and Northern European voyages sailing between April and November 2022. The offer runs between now and June 30.
Celebrity Cruises is giving agents the chance to win a cruise every day in May as part of its Celebrity Moments campaign.
The prize will be on Celebrity Silhouette, which will begin sailing from Southampton this July, offering six and eight-night itineraries.
Norwegian Cruise Line is offering double points on NCL Freestyle Rewards to celebrate the re-opening of travel agencies.
The double points, which are part of NCL’s trade engagement platform, are available until May 13 when selling select cruises. Agents will also get 50 bonus points for registering on the platform.
The promotion coincides with NCL announcing its highly anticipated return to service, with new itineraries sailing Europe and the Caribbean from July 25, 2021.
Windstar Cruises is running a series of in-person training roadshow this summer. The dates include Manchester (June 29), Chester (June 29), Glasgow (June 30), Edinburgh (July 1), London (July 6), Southampton (July 8), Birmingham (July 13) and Bristol (July 14).
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.
Travel agents can earn £20 per booking with Carnival Cruise Line. See loyaltyrocksclub.com for more details.
Titan Travel is still running its High Street’s Back campaign. Until May 16, they are giving away a £200 Lifestyle Voucher each week. Every agent who confirms a new Titan booking will receive an automatic entry.
Travel technology company Inspiretec is offering Clia travel agent members the opportunity to trial its CRM product for free for three months. The no obligation deal can be taken up any time from now until May 31.
The CRM system is designed to give cruise agents a single view of their customers in one place, so they know what they are searching for and enquiring about, what they are booking and when.
Craig Upshall has left Aurora Expeditions to be cruise manager for the Qatar National Tourism Council.
During his time at Aurora, Upshall witnessed the introduction of the line’s new ships, Greg Mortimer and the forthcoming Sylvia Earle. In his new role, he will be trying to entice lines to homeport or make stops in the Gulf state, which is preparing for an increase in tourism in general around the 2022 football World Cup, which is being held there.
Saga Travel has appointed Hannah Fisher as marketing director, bringing with her a wealth of experience gathered over more than 20 years in the marketing industry.
Fisher specialises in marketing strategy and digital transformation, having most recently worked for Dentsu International’s leading clients Honda, Camelot and TSB. She previously held senior marketing roles at More Than, Sky and Direct Line.
Nick Stace, CEO Saga Travel, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Hannah’s experience to the Saga Travel team. Her excellent background with strong consumer brands will provide the strategic rigour to ensure that Saga leads the pack in both retaining current customers and attracting new ones.
“This is a critical time for the travel industry and we’re experiencing tremendous customer demand for cruise holidays, which has seen the early sailings already fully booked, so Hannah is joining us at a time of huge growth and opportunity.”
Fisher said: “Saga is a fantastic heritage brand with a strong legacy and a loyal customer base. I’m looking forward to helping drive the travel marketing transformation, focusing on customers, creativity and inspiring people to travel. It’s such an exciting time to join the team and a brand that is ready to evolve.”
In addition to her new role, Fisher is an active mentor and member of Bloom UK, which aims to lift up the next generation of female leaders and in her spare time, she volunteers as an NHS first responder.
Luxury tour operator Exsus Travel has appointed Danielle Walker as senior account manager.
Walker brings a wealth of experience, having worked in travel for over 20 years, 15 of them with leading luxury tour operators.
She said: “I have a huge passion for travel and have been lucky enough to have travelled to so many amazing destinations. I love to share my experience and knowledge, which gives me the drive to do the job that I love, working with so many fantastic agents.”
Neil Sealy, head of trade sales at Exsus Travel, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming such incredible talent to our already fantastic and diverse team, with North America expert Bradley Roper recently joining and now Danielle with her worldwide knowledge and luxury experience. As we emerge from the most difficult year the travel industry has seen, I am confident these additions to the team will enhance our ability to create the most extraordinary holidays around the world.”