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Big fat cruise wrap

Allow us to cure your midweek blues with this extra-lovely cruise wrap. Or make it worse by reminding you that you’re stuck at work – either way.

AGENTS: Upgrade your client’s adventure with Royalup

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RoyalUp by Royal Caribbean will allow Australian and New Zealand guests booked on selected local and international sailings to bid for stateroom upgrades from February 2019.

The programme follows the successful roll out of Celebrity Cruises’ MoveUp programme in Australia and New Zealand in 2018.

“Guests booked on eligible sailings will receive an email from us advising the stateroom upgrade options available and will be invited to submit an offer. If your client’s offer is accepted, they will be automatically charged and upgraded, guaranteeing the perfect start to their Royal Caribbean adventure,” said Jason Triebel, director of sales at RCL Cruises Ltd, Australia.

“Best of all, we’ll take care of the upgrade arrangements whilst Travel Partners receive full commission on the upgrade amount and will be copied on all communication,” he concluded.

From Oceanview and Balcony staterooms to some of the most expansive suites at sea – just like a Royal Caribbean adventure, the possibilities are endless.

Stay tuned for more details. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, head to www.rcihomeport.com.au.

From Antarctica to the Kimberly: Silversea continues to unlock remarkable experiences in 10th year of expedition cruising 

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In its 10th year of expedition cruising, industry-leading Silversea Cruises is continuing to unlock a broad range of deep travel experiences for guests.

From the cool conditions of Antarctica to the warm climates of Australia and beyond, Silversea’s guests will explore over 900 destinations in 2019—more than any other cruise line.

Standout experiences include a recent trip to the isolated waters of the 66th parallel south and a number of upcoming voyages in the spectacular Kimberley region.

Until 28 February, Silversea is offering guests an additional saving of AUD$350 per person, based on double occupancy, on select Kimberley voyages. Single supplements from only 125 per cent are also available on select voyages.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve: A Caribbean paradise

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Uninterrupted ocean views, crystal clear waters, soft white sandy beaches with blue skies and sunshine –this dream of paradise will become a reality for MSC Cruises guests when they visit Ocean Cay (pronounced “key”) MSC Marine Reserve. MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company today revealed more details of this one-of -a-kind island experience that will await guests from 9th November this year.

The island will welcome its first guests on November 9th 2019. To find out more visit msccruises.com.au or msccruises.co.nz

Expanding Luxury: Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces Order For Third Explorer-Class Ship

Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the leading luxury ocean cruise line, today announced an order with Italy’s Fincantieri S.p.A. to build another stunning cruise ship that will continue to set the standard for defining elegance at sea. With delivery scheduled in late 2023, the new vessel will be a sister ship to the award-winning Seven Seas Explorer, The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built, and Seven Seas Splendor TM, the ship that perfects luxury.

Accommodating up to 750 guests, the intimate and spacious new ship will be Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ sixth-all-suite vessel. Details about her itineraries, suites, restaurants, amenities and onboard experiences will be revealed leading up to her 2023 debut. Voyages for the ship’s inaugural season will go on sale in 2021.

TRADE ALERT: Discover and win with Norwegian Cruise Line 

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Norwegian Cruise Line has today launched a competition giving Australian and New Zealand travel agents the opportunity to win a raft of amazing prizes whilst increasing their Europe product knowledge.

The competition page showcases exciting itineraries and also acts as an aid to help agents find answers to the online competition. The competition will feature a different Europe itinerary and prize every week over a six-week period, with agents only needing to answer a couple of simple questions – which can be found in Norwegian’s new Europe brochure – to go in the draw to win. Prizes include Bose noise cancelling headphones, a $100 Visa gift voucher, a FitBit Charge 2 and a wine gift pack, to name but a few.

Travel agents can head to Norwegian’s Discover-&-Win microsite to discover a number of great resources and gain access to enter the weekly competitions – running until the 24th of February, 2019. If travel partners enter every week, they will also go in the draw to win a major prize, with the winner scoring a collection of all the weekly prizes, worth more than $800.

Please find a link to Norwegian’s Discover & Win microsite here

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