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Carnival, Holland America & Cunard to protect commissions for another year

MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Cunard are all standing by travel advisors by extending commission protections by an additional year.

In doing so, the cruise lines are honouring the commission tier each account earned in 2019 through 2022, allowing travel advisors to earn commission at their current rates for the next two years without commission percentage changing.

All three lines had previously announced commission tiers would be maintained through 2021. Commissions are typically commensurate with sailed booking volumes.

“We truly appreciate the continued partnership and loyalty of our valued travel partners,” said Adolfo Perez, Carnival’s senior vice president of global trade sales and marketing. “By maintaining our current commission tiers, we’re recognizing the important role that travel advisors play in the vacation-selling process while providing peace of mind, knowing their efforts through 2022 will be compensated at the rate they have worked so hard to earn.”

Michelle Sutter, vice president, North America Sales at Holland America Line, added: “Holland America Line appreciates the support and business efforts of travel advisors during these challenging times. Our focus is to do everything we can to support the pursuit of cruise sales and reassure travel advisors that, once we are back in full swing, they will be in a strong position for success.”

And Cunard’s Jamie Paiko, vice president of Sales, North America, said: “Our travel partners are passionately committed to Cunard and are critically key to our business. We are especially grateful for their steadfast dedication to Cunard in 2020 and will protect their commission levels through 2022.”