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.'

As part of a new 'FUNomenal Group Sail' promotion, Carnival Cruise Line is reducing its initial deposit requirement by 50% for group bookings, and offering an enhanced free cruise berth program, through March 15.

CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) has added a new selling tool to its Agent Toolbox in partnership with Full Picture, a visual conversation tool.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is encouraging trade partners to book onto one of its free ship visits and onboard training days in April, May and June 2017, to find out more about the Fred. Olsen product first-hand and help give an understanding of why Fred. Olsen boasts a repeat guest rate of over 60%.

 

Nominations are open for Cruise Lines International Association’s annual Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations making a significant contribution to the cruise industry.

CruiseOne, Dream Vacations and Cruises Inc.—all divisions of World Travel Holdings—report being on track for a record-breaking 2017. Sales are way up, thanks in part to more than $1m in marketing promotions.

Azamara Club Cruises is offering UK-based agents the chance to take part in a series of monthly artisan events curated by the brand to demonstrate its new Cruise Global, Connect Local destination programme.

Silversea Cruises said it will shower professional travel advisers with love throughout February, the line's Travel Agent Appreciation Month.

Travel agents in Sydney and other parts of Australia suffering near-record hot weather are cooling off with personal desk fans distributed by Princess Cruises’ representatives.

The home-based retail network Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, created a new position focused on travel agent training and development.

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