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Saga adds four itineraries to programme for 2016 Saga is introducing four new river cruises for 2016. One of the sailings, Budapest and the Scenic Vistas of the Danube, includes a two-night pre-cruise stay on Margaret Island in Budapest. Also new is From Flanders to the Rhineland, which calls at Temse in Belgium – a new port for Saga. travel.saga/river-cruises


Europa 2 returns to sea with refitted family suites Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 has returned to service after two weeks in dry dock. The Sansibar venue and sushi restaurant were redesigned and the eight family suites renovated to make them more family friendly. A baby-changing table, bunk beds, PlayStation 4, children’s bathtub and play area have been added to each suite. hl-cruises.com


Cruise Baltic launches online training with iPad Mini prize draw


Cruise Baltic has launched an online training course for agents. It has been created to educate


agents on 10 Baltic countries and to provide them with the tools to drive sales of Baltic cruises. The association is marking the launch by entering the first 50 agents to complete the course into a prize draw to win an iPad Mini. The programme includes sales material and quick facts on attractions and shore excursions for each


destination. Agents who


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complete the course will receive a personalised diploma certifying them as a Baltic Cruise expert. Cruise Baltic director Claus


Bodker said: “By providing travel agent training, we strive continuously to support cruise lines with ships positioned in the Baltic Sea.


“With comprehensive product


know-how, e-learning will enable agents to offer better consultations to their clients. “Participation is flexible – all that is required is internet access.” cruisebaltictraining.com


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Celebrity hosts top-selling agents onboard Eclipse Celebrity Cruises will welcome 100 agents onboard Celebrity Eclipse this week for an overnight sailing to Le Havre. The agents are all top cruise sellers, but none of them has sailed with the line. The ship has just returned from a spell in dry dock, during which it was fitted with a Gastrobar and a frozen-drinks venue called Slush. cruisingpower.co.uk


Tauck to introduce 15 ocean sailings next year River cruise operator Tauck is expanding with the introduction of small-ship ocean sailings. The line will offer 15 cruises onboard nine ships in northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Australia, Alaska, Latin America, Asia and Antarctica. Some itineraries will be operated by vessels chartered from Ponant. tauck.co.uk


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