Three big cruise lines join the Expedition Cruise Network

Three big cruise lines join the Expedition Cruise Network

Seabourn, Silversea and Heritage Expeditions, have joined the recently formed Expedition Cruise Network (ECN).

Meanwhile over 250 travel trade professionals have signed up to the trade membership portal within just two weeks of the network’s launch. 

The network has three categories of members:

  1. Expedition Cruise Members – the expedition cruise lines. Now with 14 members: AE Expeditions, Albatros Expeditions, Australis, Hapag Lloyd Cruises, Heritage Expeditions, Hurtigruten, Intrepid, Latin Trails, Lindblad Expeditions, PONANT, Quark Expeditions, Seabourn, Silversea and Swan Hellenic
  1. Travel Trade Members – including travel agents, tour operators, travel designers, product, marketing and professionals supporting sales of expedition cruises,
  1. Associate Members – companies and organisations supporting and/or have a commercial interest in the expedition cruise sector.

During ECN’s launch period, ten travel trade professionals who join the network by the end of May will have an opportunity to spend an evening in June in London, hosted by Lindblad Expeditions. The evening includes a rib boat ride onboard Thames Rockets speedboat with expedition leader and marine biologist Brad Siviour, followed by a drinks’ reception in one of the riverside venues.

Travel trade members can join the network free of charge by signing up via this link:  

Martin Johnson, Chairman of the Expedition Cruise Network said: “Our mission is to connect expedition cruise operators and inform, educate and promote their products to a well-targeted global travel-trade community. This initial response really demonstrates the opportunity for the network and the appetite of the travel industry to become more connected and informed about expedition cruising.”

Martin Hay, independent ocean, river, expedition & group cruise specialist, said: “There is a sense that small, niche expedition operators working in isolation will always struggle to get real airtime against some of the larger cruise companies. 

“For me and other serious independent minded cruise professionals, ECN presents a real opportunity to expand our appreciation of this fast growing and lucrative sector within the cruise industry.”

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