The ship will come into service as Royal’s sixth Oasis-class vessel after Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Sea, Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, and a fifth not-yet-named ship.
The move means that all of the TTC’s e-learning tools for all of its brands including Trafalgar, Contiki, Insight Vacations, and now Uniworld, will be held under the same umbrella.
Ken Muskat, the former executive vice president of MSC Cruises who most recently served as CEO of Royal Caribbean’s SkySea Cruise Line, is rejoining MSC as EVP Chief Operating Officer for U.S., the cruise line announced on Tuesday.
Muskat will officially rejoin MSC on Feb. 4. In his new role, he’ll manage all travel trade-facing functions along with hotel operations, contact center, revenue management, marketing, and communications.
In a statement, MSC CEO Gianni Onorato said that with Muskat’s return, MSC is “we are looking to take our commitment especially to our travel agent partners to the next level.”
“This has specifically been designed to ensure that all key levers of our U.S. product are in the hands of the manager responsible for delivering against the MSC Cruises brand promise and experience within the context of the U.S. marketplace.”
With the hiring, MSC is bringing its Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve project, which is set to debut in November, and its new dedicated cruise terminal at PortMiami under the leadership of its team in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
“North America is quickly becoming our most important source market, thanks to the investment made in new hardware as well as infrastructure to meet growth in demand for our product by guests from across the U.S. and the overall region,” Onorato said.
Pricing starts at $1,500 for two for a five-night cruise, and there are no non-commissionable fares (NCFs) for travel advisors.
Entertainment that’s meant to break the fourth wall, a beach club in Bimini, and a birthday sailing have all been revealed.
The ship’s staterooms, restaurants, spa, and more have undergone a complete renovation.
SNG, which is celebrating its 12th year anniversary in February, is also offering 20 percent commission on all WGS bookings made during the month.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s being offered by the major air carriers.
Four new river ships from Uniworld are set to enter service in 2020.
Two of the three vessels will be based out of Port Canaveral, Florida, an hour east of Disney’s theme park home in Orlando.