American Express travel counselors are booking more cruises this year than last and report demand or interest in river cruising is skyrocketing. However, clients are waiting for future price cuts and many ask for on-board credits.
Hurtigruten has early booking savings of 25% on a pair of Norwegian Fjords 'Explorer Voyages' in 2015. The 10-day 'The Norwegian Fjords,' departing May 1, and the 12-day 'Fjord Highlights & Viking Trail,' departing May 12, visit Hardangerfjord, Lysefjord, Sognefjord and Nordfjord.
In an eye-opening pair of travel agent incentives, Celebrity Cruises eliminated non-commissionable fares (NCFs) on bookings made during June in verandah accommodations and above for 2015 sailings, and MSC Cruises USA set 25% pay for balcony bookings on MSC Divina cruises from August to late December.
When Holland America Line’s Volendam emerges from its December drydock, the 1999-built ship will have 21 new lanai staterooms, the three-in-one contemporary bar area, Mix, and updated bathrooms in all suites and select other accommodations.
Carnival Cruise Lines doubled the amount of reward points travel agents can earn playing Carnival Adventures, the line’s social learning game.
Azamara Club Cruises is offering free companion airfare to travelers who make a booking in June or July. More than 100 voyages aboard Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest are eligible.
The Port of Kiel opened a new cruise terminal Monday with an inaugural turnaround by Costa Pacifica, which arrived at Kiel from Stockholm.