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1/20/2017  |  by James Shillinglaw

The cruise-focused agency franchisor is adding even more new technology to help its agents sell more travel overall.

1/19/2017  |  by Cheryl Rosen

TMR Exclusive: Upgrade Advantage will let customers bid for a better room.
 

1/19/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


Hotel barge company European Waterways is adding a new 12-person barge that will sail Scotland’s Caledonia Canal.

When the “Spirit of Scotland” enters service on June 4, it will instantly become one of the largest in the company’s fleet, with three-levels, six staterooms and a single tour leader cabin.

Its middle deck will feature a saloon with dining areas, a bar and a forward wheelhouse with a view. An outside aft deck will offer a sheltered dining terrace and a heated Jacuzzi.

Onboard dining includes selections of local ingredients, such as wild salmon and venison, along with fine wines and Scottish cheese. A selection of single malt whiskies, including Dalwhinnie 15 year old and Singleton of Glen Ord 15 year old, also will be offered.

This will make European Waterways’ second hotel barge, joining the eight-passenger Scottish Highlander.

Prices for an all-inclusive six-night cruise start at $4,450 per person for a double cabin or $49,500 for a full 12-passenger charter. Passengers who book before March 31 for sailings in June and July will get 10% off all cabins and charters.

1/18/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


Windstar has named 30-year cruise industry veteran Peter Tobler as its new director of marine hotel operations.

Tobler, who begins with Windstar immediately, will oversee hotel management for Windstar’s six ship fleet including food and beverage operations, product development and employee training.

In the past, Tobler has managed hotel operations for Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Cunard. He got his start in cruising as the hotel manager at Seabourn on ships that now sail for Windstar including the former Seabourn Pride (now Star Pride).

1/13/2017


Travel Market R
eport has released the first volume in a series of reports on the policies of all the major travel suppliers.  

Starting with the major ocean cruise lines, this first volume of the Cruise Report Card For Travel Agents includes information on 13 cruise companies, from Carnival to Windstar. It lists their policies regarding commissions, fam trips, overbooking, non-commissionable fees and training programs, and pulls all the information into a series of easy-to-read charts.  

In the coming months TMR will follow up with similar reference guides on river cruises, hotels and resorts, and tour operators—all with an eye to helping travel agents better understand the suppliers with whom we all do business. 

To access the Cruise Report Card For Travel Agents, click here.

1/12/2017  |  by Cheryl Rosen

Carnival's senior cruise director and brand ambassador offers tips to help travel agents build their own brands.

1/12/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


As Rogue One climbs to a $1 billion box office run, Disney Cruise Line has decided to once again bring the Force to sea.

Disney Cruise Line will add Star Wars Days to 15 Caribbean itineraries from January through April, 2018. The sailings, which will be on the 4,000-guest Disney Fantasy, include a day packed with Star Wars-themed events including a deck party, fireworks display, food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise. Kids will have the chance to take part in Jedi Training and face off against Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister.

The sailings are scheduled for January 6 and 20; February 3 and 17; March 3, 17 and 31; and April 14, in the western Caribbean, with stops at Cozumel, Falmouth, Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay.

Star Wars day also will be included in the eastern Caribbean itineraries with stops in Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay departing on January 13 and 27, February 10 and 24, March 10 and 24, and April 7.

1/12/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


Starting in 2018, AmaWaterways will sail three new Rhine and Moselle itineraries.

There’s a 10-night Basel to Amsterdam itinerary aboard AmaPrima, an 11-night Amsterdam-to-Basel cruise aboard AmaPrima and a 7-night Luxembourg-to-Basel cruise aboard AmaDante. The sailings include excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and France’s Vosges Mountains, as well as complimentary bicycles for exploring ports.

Passengers can save up to $1,500 per stateroom by taking advantage of AmaWaterways’ early booking program, Early Bookings Rewards.

1/11/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

Major cruise lines are slashing prices and offering big perks for January.

1/11/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


Alexander+Roberts has partnered with Oberoi for a journey in Cairo and on the Nile aboard the new Oberoi Philae cruiser.

The Visions of Egypt tour will take travelers to sea for four nights and then spend four nights at a five-star Kempinski Nile Hotel.

The Oberoi Philae’s staterooms feature 388 square feet of living and sleeping space, including soaking tubs and rainforest showers, 40” LCD televisions, complimentary high-speed WiFi, personal bars and glass walls. The ship also offers an elegant restaurant, a more casual lounge and a poolside cafe.

Itineraries on the new Oberoi Philae begin in February 2017 with departures scheduled through 2018.

Including accommodations, 17 meals and three internal flights, the tour costs $3,799 per person. Alexander+Roberts is offering special savings of $1,000 per couple ($500 solo) for bookings made before March 15, 2017 for all sailings through 2018 when paid in full.