2021 cruise bookings a bright spot for travel sellers, lines

Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endurance. “There’s not a mass exodus by any stretch of the imagination,” said CEO Sven Lindblad. The strength of 2021 cruise bookings have been widely discussed by both Wall Street and the consumer media as a barometer of the industry’s ability to bounce back. Several industry executives and large travel sellersContinue reading “2021 cruise bookings a bright spot for travel sellers, lines”

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Carnival devotes more resources to travel agents

Carnival Paradise Carnival Cruise Line will carve out four new sales territories in fast-growing areas of the country, each to be headed by a business development manager. At the same time, Carnival made other changes to its sales structure, including the formation of a program to focus management attention on independent agents. The four newContinue reading “Carnival devotes more resources to travel agents”

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Princess passengers on why they booked direct

By Tom Stieghorst The number of travelers booking directly with cruise lines keeps growing, despite efforts by cruise lines to direct business to travel agents. On a recent cruise aboard the Ruby Princess, I surveyed 25 passengers at random about how they bought their cruise. It was an unscientific sample of a fraction of the ship’sContinue reading “Princess passengers on why they booked direct”

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