Genting Cruise Line threw a mega party at sea on board World Dream last weekend to recognize the significant efforts of some 300 trade partners to the cruise group’s ‘outstanding growth during an year of many milestones’.

The Singapore Tourism Board and Cruise Lines International Association announced a new three-year partnership aimed at boosting the increasingly vibrant cruise industry in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Influential 30-year travel agent advocate Scott Koepf joined Cruise Planners in the newly created role of VP strategic development.

Whether the cruise industry is doing enough to attract the consumer of tomorrow is a question often posed. A seasoned panel of cruise industry veterans at this year's Seatrade Cruise Global aims to explore ways the industry is hard at work on indentifying what future cruisers will expect and tangible ways it is working to attract non-cruisers to take a vacation at sea.

Holland America Line’s new trade promise, 'Committed to Your Success,' pledges comprehensive support to travel partners and an exceptional cruise for clients. The sales department will work to uphold the promise under the guidance of the team led by VP Eva Jenner.

Nominations are open for Cruise Lines International Association’s Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards. This annual event recognizes individuals and organizations whose efforts and accomplishments represent a significant contribution to the cruise industry.

Celestyal Cruises hired David Beasley as manager, contact center and business intelligence, North America. The call center will report to him, as will all administrative and group functions.

Global Voyages Group reached a strategic agreement to represent BranchUp's proprietary Facebook Marketing system to the travel industry.

Windstar Cruises will deploy on-board cruise consultants to help travelers plan future vacations with extra benefits like 5% savings. Any bookings made are assigned to the travel agent of record on the passenger's current booking.

Carnival Cruise Line's 'What’s Your Carnival IQ?' contest for travel agents offers gift cards and the chance to win one of five Caribbean cruises.

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