Vicki Freed, svp sales, trade support and service for Royal Caribbean International, has been named to chair the Trade Relations Committee of Cruise Lines International Association.

Steve Lloyd has announced plans to retire as ceo of Cruiseco, a leading consortium of cruise specialist travel agencies, on his 65th birthday in August.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines saw its most successful sales day ever on Tuesday March 7 2017, with bookings totalling over £3m for the day, following the launch of its new 2018/19 cruise programme to Oceans loyalty club members.

 

Political tensions over South Korea's missile-defense plans have led to Beijing reportedly urging Chinese travel agents to halt sales of trips to Korea. This raises concerns for cruise lines since most itineraries from China visit South Korean ports.

Online cruise travel agent Cruise Nation, one of Wales’s fastest growing digital companies is launching a TV studio in Swansea this summer to promote cruise holidays.

Silversea Cruises appointed luxury cruise veteran Barbara Staiger as vp strategic partners. She spent 23 years with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the past five as vp key accounts and, before that, as a sales director. Earlier she was in sales at Seabourn.

US-based Shore Excursions Group, has announced its intention to launch the brand on the UK market and further expand its international reach.

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), maritime and logistics service provider, has won a global port agency contract with Hurtigruten.

Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises are changing the way they tally travel agent group sales to award tour conductor credits.

Nearly 200 guests, including travel agents, got a taste of Martinique at the impressive French Embassy. Wearing feathered Carnival masks and straw hats, they sipped rum and Champagne cocktails and savored dishes prepared by two Martiniquais chefs, one known as 'Chef Hot Pants.'

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