Tuesday January 24, 2017
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Why are cruise retailers optimistic? Sales are up, and $40,000 bookings ‘are not unheard of’

More consumers are using travel agents to book their vacations, and especially for cruise vacations they’re reporting higher levels of satisfaction with their travel experience versus travellers who book on their own.
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‘Star Wars Day at Sea’ now on 15 Disney Fantasy sailings in 2018

Disney Cruise Line has added its extremely popular ‘Star Wars Day at Sea’ to 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April 2018.
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New Viking itineraries in Alaska, Australia, Asia, and Caribbean

Viking Ocean Cruises, celebrating its 20th anniversary, has announced 13 new itineraries that will set sail in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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Princess Cays added to select Carnival itineraries starting in May

Carnival Cruise Line ships is adding Princess Cays to six different itineraries beginning in May 2017.
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New Carnival bookings offer agents chances to win cash, prizes

Carnival Cruise Line has launched a ‘Travel Agents Rock!’ sweepstakes that runs from now until Feb. 20.
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Princess upgrades group shore excursions with ‘Local Connections’

Princess Cruises has created a new department specially designed for group shore excursions that both travel agents and guests can access.
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Canadian ports expecting influx of cruise visitors this summer

Canadian port cities expect to get an economic boost this summer from an influx of cruise visitors attracted by a low loonie and the country's 150th birthday celebrations.
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Clients can take $300 off ACV cruise packages until Jan. 31

Air Canada Vacations has new Wave Season incentives and deals for agents and their clients including $300 in savings per couple on all air and cruise packages.
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Cruise passengers describe mood onboard following Ft. Lauderdale shooting

For many flight passengers arriving Friday in Fort Lauderdale, it was supposed to be the start of an idyllic week cruising the Caribbean.
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Holland America Line redesigns agent portal on GoHAL.com

Holland America Line is making it easier for travel professionals to become experts with the launch of its redesigned PartnerSHIPS web portal.
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