by Jessica Pook
Advantage invites agents to get "Back on the Water"
The Advantage Travel Partnership has announced the return of its dedicated cruise conference “Back on the Water 2022”.
Partnering with Virgin Voyages, delegates attending the cruise-focused conference will board the new adult-only ship Valiant Lady in Ibiza on October 7 and disembark in Barcelona on October 9.
With 80% of available spaces booked within 10 days of the event being launched, final attendee numbers are expected to hit a record high for the consortium's first cruise event since 2019.
The conference will focus on the robust return of the cruise sector and will look at what ocean, river and expedition holidays offer clients, and how to best present them as a great option to see the world - not just to existing cruisers, but also to a broader range of customers.
Alongside the cruise conference, Advantage will host dedicated sessions for its Advantage Managed Service (AMS) members. The content of the sessions will focus on achieving operational excellence and provide a business strategy update.
David Moon, Head of Business Development for The Advantage Travel Partnership, said: “We are delighted to be sharing the news that our popular cruise conference is back and we are really looking forward to bringing our Advantage Managed Service (AMS) members together as a group for the first time since the pandemic.
“In addition to helping our AMS members improve their knowledge and sales in the cruise market, the conference will allow us to update them on our plans for AMS moving forward, and how we can further support the growth of their businesses through achieving operational excellence."
Jonny Peat, Commercial Manager - Cruise for The Advantage Travel Partnership, added: “As the cruise industry continues to bounce back after the pandemic, we’re focusing on the opportunities that Ocean, River, and Expedition holidays offer our members and their customers. This conference underpins our commitment to support the cruise sector and ensure our members lead the way in helping grow the UK cruise market.”
CroisiEurope offers agent cruise special
CroisiEurope has launched a special travel agent offer on the sailing of its Prague, Dresden & The Castles of Bohemia cruise.
Sailing on the Elbe and Vltava rivers, travel agents can join the round-trip cruise on August 13 from Prague, stopping in Stechovice, Slapy and Melnik for £500pp (usual price £2,060pp).
Highlights of this new cruise include the Golden City of Prague; the castles of Bohemia – Konopiste Castle, a former hunting lodge of the Habsburgs, and the Renaissance-style Nelahozeves Castle with its private artwork collection; a visit to the birthplace of the famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak; and a full day in Dresden – also known as the Florence of the Elbe.
The cruise takes place onboard the 77-guest MS Elbe Princesse II, which uses modern paddlewheel technology.
The price of £500pp includes all meals and drinks, entertainment, port fees and repatriation insurance.
Windstar Cruises rewards August bookings
Windstar Cruises is offering agents a £25 voucher of their choice for any booking that they make from now until August 31.
There is no limit to the number of bookings, so the more cruises agents book, the more money they will earn.
The cruise line is also offering up to $1,000 onboard credit per stateroom on all bookings made before October 15, 2022, valid on all departures through 2024.
Sailings of up to 13 days will qualify for an onboard credit of between $200 and $400 per stateroom while sailings of 14 days or longer qualify for an onboard credit of between $400 and $1,000 per stateroom. The per stateroom onboard credit is based on two people sharing. Solo travellers will receive 50% of the onboard credit.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines adds late summer sailings
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering a selection of late summer cruises to destinations including Norway, France, Spain and the Adriatic.
Flagship Bolette will sail from Dover in August, September and October, offering the chance to take in the Azores and Madeira, sail into the heart of the Norwegian fjords and explore three Scandinavian cities on a six-night break.
The eight-night ‘Scenic Isles and Lochs of Scotland’ cruise will be Bolette’s first cruise from Dover in 2022, where guests can enjoy a scenic sailing of the Sound of Mull, explore the remote islands of Orkney and Shetland and look out for whales and birdlife alongside marine wildlife charity ORCA.
From September to November, Dover will become the homeport for Balmoral, crossing into the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights, before sailing the Adriatic and Mediterranean on a 28-day voyage around Greece and the Adriatic, among other highlights.
Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We have offered cruises from Dover for many years, and we are really pleased to be returning again this summer. Our ships always receive such a warm welcome.
“Our Journey Planners have hand-crafted these late summer sailings specially, taking advantage of the south-easterly location of the port to maximise the experiences on-board and ashore for our guests.
“This summer, guests will be able to enjoy a scenic sailing of the River Seine in a short four-night break to France, experience Sami culture in Arctic Norway in a journey to seek out the Northern Lights, or voyage to the Adriatic, with opportunities to explore the ancient sites of Dubrovnik, Kotor and Athens on a longer break."
Silversea reveals new voyage collection for 2024/25
Silversea Cruises has unveiled its new 2024-2025 voyage collection, comprising 341 new sailings across 120 counrties.
Eleven of Silversea’s ships will embark upon the new sailings, with additional voyages aboard Silver Endeavour℠ to be announced soon.
The 2024/2025 voyage collection includes the inaugural season of Silver Ray when she debuts in summer 2024 as the cruise line’s second Nova-class ship.
The collection will see six ships undertaking 19 voyages to Africa and the Indian Ocean, including all-new expeditions, 13 voyages to 59 destinations in the South Pacific Islands, including Hawaii and French Polynesia, 31 voyages to 19 countries in Northern Europe, including circumnavigations of Iceland, 67 voyages aboard five ships in the Mediterranean during an extended season, expanded variety in Alaska on 31 voyages designed to offer more time in ports, new summer voyages in Canada and New England and more.
Conrad Combrink, SVP Expeditions, Destination and Itinerary Management, Silversea Cruises, said: “Silversea has increased its industry-leading range of experiences with the launch of its largest itinerary collection to date for 2024/2025. With 341 itineraries unlocking both Polar Regions, the South Pacific, Africa and the Indian Ocean, the Galapagos, and so much more, Silversea has once again demonstrated its destination leadership, immersing curious travellers into the world in a way that only we can.”