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NEWS CRUISE UPDATE


IN BRIEF


ROYAL CARIBBEAN has launched a new online game offering agents the chance to win a trip to the US and an extra £30 per booking on 2020 Anthem of the Seas sailings until 28 February. The incentive includes 20 places on an eight-night trip featuring its private island resort, Perfect Day


at CocoCay.


AmaWaterways is offering a free river cruise to agents who make five bookings during 2020. The offer is valid on new bookings made between 1 January and 31 December 2020.


CMV has launched a sale covering departures on Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, Vasco da Gama and Astoria until 31 March. A 12-night Hidden Baltic Treasures cruise, departing Tilbury on 19 October, which was £1,829pp, is now £919pp.


STAR CLIPPERS REVEALS 2020 THEMED SAILINGS


Tall ship specialist Star Clippers has confirmed 21 themed sailings on its vessels this year, including yoga, photography, styling and guitar tuition. Ten new yoga and meditation sailings will take place, while three itineraries in the Caribbean and Mediterranean will include tuition from a fitness instructor and life coach. In addition, two photography-themed cruises in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia will feature professional tuition. Other themed sailings include those with a motivational speaker, a fashion stylist and Italian chef Armando Bisceglia. They are all offered at the same rate as standard sailings, with no supplements for tuition. Prices start at £1,195pp for a seven-night round trip from Phuket on Star Clipper, including all meals onboard and port charges. Star Clippers UK general manager


Fay McCormack said: “Having the speakers, fitness and yoga practitioners


CROISIEUROPE TO DOUBLE FAM PLACES


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CroisiEurope is targeting more trade sales for the coming year. The river cruise line aims to attend


more roadshows, introduce an online training programme and send 150 agents on fam trips in 2020, up from 80 in 2019. It is also expanding its offering with a


second ship in Africa, a summer season in Canada for La Belle des Oceans and new


onboard enhances the experience of a tall ship sailing even more, offering guests the opportunity to relax, improve mind and body or hone skills.”


itineraries on the Nile and the Ganges. In 2019, CroisiEurope’s trade bookings grew by 20% year-on-year. A new wave period booking incentive will see agents receive a complimentary cabin on a five-day trip down the Seine, the Danube, in Venice or in Bordeaux for every 10 passengers booked on a 2020 sailing before 31 January. “The trade is hugely important to


CroisiEurope and it’s imperative that we do all that we can to support them and reward them for their loyalty,” said John Fair, UK sales director. “We are very keen to foster great agent


relationships and that can only happen by going the extra mile to turn what is a great opportunity into sales growth. “I’m confident that by increasing the focus on our trade activity yet further, and building on the great progress already made over the last two years, this will have a huge impact on our 2020 sales and beyond.”


22 TRAVEL TRADE GAZETTE 13.01.2020


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