We round up the biggest incentives, far trips and opportunities that cruise lines are running this month, as well as some of our favourites from September
Princess to host biggest ever fan
Princess Cruises is to host 300 travel agents on a single cruise next year in what the company has said is its biggest ever fam trip.
The trip will give agents a chance to experience Ocean Medallion, Carnival Corporation’s latest piece of passenger technology, which will debut on Princess in November.
The ‘Medallion Mega Fam’ is open to all UK and Ireland agents who can win a place by making a 2018/19 booking and entering the code INNO18 between September 1 and October 31.
From November 1 to 30, agents can apply by completing an online Ocean Medallion training course via onesourcecruises.com.
Rachel Poultney, Princess Cruises’ director of sales for UK & Ireland, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be running such a huge event for our agents. Not only will this be an amazing trip, but agents will be able to use and experience the Ocean Medallion so they can see for themselves just how beneficial it will be for their customers.”
Titan Travel hosted more than 20 agents at Chessington World of Adventure last month.
Alana Jones (pictured with what is actually a bearded dragon), and Louise Sword from Titan Travel’s agency sales team led the group during the day, which included a private tour of Sea Life Centre and feeding time with lions and cubs.
Agents from Premier Travel, Fabulicious Travel, Hays, Thames Valley Travel and Woods Travel, as well as homeworkers from Travel Counsellors and Your Holiday Booking all enjoyed the day.
APT cooks up 90 years
A group of travel agents were invited to a cookery school with Luke Ngueyen to celebrate APT’s 90th anniversary.
The TV chef and restaurateur is an ambassador for the brand.
Angela Waite, APT’s head of sales and commercial, said: “Our travel agents had a great time creating Vietnamese dishes with Luke. At APT we’re passionate about ensuring authentic culinary experiences are a central part of any holiday, so learning all about the food and cuisine in Southeast Asia from one of the world’s experts was a really exciting opportunity.”
Emerald and Scenic hold agent awards
Emerald Waterways and Scenic hosted their inaugural River Awards last month, recognising agents who have been “ambassadors for both brands over the years”.
Winners included Hays Travel, Iglu, River Voyages and RiverCruising.co.uk. Travel Counsellors, Readers Offers and Eden Escapes also took home awards.
Dawn Quinn, acting national sales manager for both brands, said: “We are delighted with the success of our first ever River Awards. We are very proud of the relationship we have with our trade partners; it is fantastic to be able to reward them for all of their work with our brands so far, and we are looking forward to growing these relationships even more in the future.”