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NCL to pay commission on NCFs, starting Jan. 1

MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line has made the groundbreaking announcement that it will start paying travel advisors commission on non-commissionable fares (NCFs).

NCL is the first major contemporary cruise line to compensate advisors on NCFs for reservations booked outside of the 120-day window. The new payment policy will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, for reservations made outside of final payment, on sailings departing May 1, 2023 onward.

To qualify for the NCF commission, travel advisors will need to submit a marketing plan through Norwegian Central by Dec. 31, 2022.

“Our Partners First philosophy remains top of mind and our decision to pay commission on NCFs is further proof of our commitment to this community,” said NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer. “We want our partners to thrive, we want to see their businesses grow all around the world.”

Payments on NCFs is part of NCL’s ‘Partners First’ philosophy, which embodies the company’s commitment to the travel advisors community through the provision of educational tools, promotions and marketing assets. According to Todd Hamilton, senior vice president of sales at NCL, today’s announcement will further help travel partners establish a stronger relationship with their clients and increase brand loyalty, resulting in repeat business and higher earning potential.

“Our travel partners are incredibly important to us and our business – it is a true partnership,” said Hamilton. “Advisors know why NCL offers the best cruise experience at sea and when they can speak to our unique, bucket-list itineraries, one-of-a-kind ‘Free at Sea’ promotion and incredible 18-ship fleet with unparalleled onboard offerings. They are providing immense value to the business. We see this value and we wanted to reward our travel advisors like never before.”


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