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CruiseWorld Day 3, full of learning, but ending with sadness in Paris

Day three started off early again, although this time I managed to get 6 full hours of sleep, and actually woke up to my alarm instead of an hour or two before as I have been the first couple of days. So we all caught our shuttle from the B Ocean Hotel, and headed back to the Convention Center for the final day of CruiseWorld. The morning began with breakfast sponsored by Trisept Solutions, presenting their new CRM software. This sounds like a very good product, designed with travel agents in mind. I will likely take advantage of their trial offer of 2 free months when they officially launch December 1. As my business grows, I definitely need a more efficient way of managing profiles, reminders, payments, and invoices, and plenty more I haven’t realized yet I’m sure.

Breakfast was followed by the general session of the day, with a very cool panel of CEO/Presidents of most of the major cruise lines. We started with a conversation with Frank Del Rio of Norwegian Holdings, and learned about the integration of Oceania and Regent Seven Seas into the NCL portfolio. The presidents panel was fantastic. They discussed once again brand distinction and pushed the value message, meaning that we need to be selling their products on value, rather than on price. Continue reading CruiseWorld Day 3, full of learning, but ending with sadness in Paris

CruiseWorld Day 2 – Ideas and meetings and… cycles?

CruiseWorld Day 2

My second day was more eventful and more educational than day 1, which I’m grateful for. I enjoyed the first day, but I think I walked away with more info today, so that’s a plus! The session began with breakfast by Celebrity and Royal, and we heard from Dondra and Vicki, the VP’s for sales for each line respectively. I always enjoy listening to them both. They are engaging, and interesting, and complement each other nicely. Food was tasty, and the Celebrity signature chocolate croissants were on the table!

My first session was a presentation from Exclusive Group Travel, a site dedicated to group bookings and management for the most part. I’ll take a look at what they offer, as they only work with travel agents. They seem like a company committed to their clients, and are not that big, so service is definitely first. The CEO was also engaging, and warm spoken, and gave ideas on how to manage the groups and people, although I would have liked to learn more about marketing and actual selling to groups.

My next session was about Continue reading CruiseWorld Day 2 – Ideas and meetings and… cycles?

CruiseWorld 2015, Day 1 Recap

Carnival CruiseWorld

So this is my first year at CruiseWorld, an annual event sponsored by Northstar Media and Travel Weekly. Last year I attended Cruise3sixty, a CLIA event, so this year was time for CruiseWorld. Cruise3sixty was specifically focused on CLIA courses to help your new business grow, and each course earned credit toward CLIA certification. So after successfully completing the courses and selling a certain number of staterooms, I am proud to be ACC certified! CruiseWorld seems to be also focused on building your business, but from a little different perspective. I think this event will skew more towards some of the maintenance aspects of the business and growth, rather than some of the more rudimentary courses at CLIA. Established businesses have a wealth of information to gain, and I expect to learn a ton!

My first course this morning was a CLIA course, getting the most from your BDMs, business development managers. CLIA courses are very straightforward, with a coursebook and a           Continue reading CruiseWorld 2015, Day 1 Recap

Prohibition Party on Allure of the Seas

Hidden gems on a cruise ship are some of the highlights of making a good cruise vacation, a great cruise vacation. From the “hump cabins” on S-class Celebrity ships, to the Ben & Jerry’s “Sweet” on the Royal Caribbean Freedom class ships, to the “Volcano” dessert off the kids menu on Princess ships, to the many more secrets cruisers love to unearth when sailing a new ship. It’s like getting a third peanut in the shell, or having two chicken nuggets stuck together that count as one, or ordering a dozen anything and finding the elusive baker’s dozen. It feels like a bonus, and you won! You want to share your secrets, but at the same time, you kind of want to keep it to yourself so the secret stays just that.

The secret I discovered in preparation for our last cruise is one that I’m happy to share, and even though its public knowledge that it exists, people still don’t really know about it. I’m talking about the Prohibition Party aboard Allure of the Seas. Until very recently, it was only available on Allure, however, it does seem to be offered on Oasis now too. Continue reading Prohibition Party on Allure of the Seas

Embarkation Day can and should be one of the highlights of your cruise!

The first day of a cruise is often the most overlooked and under enjoyed part of an entire cruise.

Think about it. You may have spent a good chunk of your day traveling just to get to the departure port. Then you arrive in time to wait in line, after line, after line. Finally, once you do board, you feel like cattle being prodded one way or another, and all you really want to do is get to your room, take a shower, and relax for the evening. After all, you have the whole rest of the cruise to enjoy everything on board. Today I’m just going to take it easy and I’ll start my vacation tomorrow.

Well, I for one, Continue reading Embarkation Day can and should be one of the highlights of your cruise!

Celebrity Equinox gets an update

The Celebrity Equinox was my first cruise experience, and it quickly set the tone for all my future vacations. I’d been on vacation before, but this was a new way to travel. Spending nights in specialty restaurants, the Molecular Bar, and our veranda, I came to love being at sea. In my  cruise travels since, I constantly compare each experience to that first, and always remember it tenderly.

The Equinox is the 2nd of the Solstice class of ships belonging to Celebrity Cruises. These 122,000 ton ships revolutionized the premium brand of cruising, with features like a true coffee shop, gelateria, and creperia, in addition to unique bars like Crush, with an ice bar, and the Molecular Bar which serves drinks concocted via molecular mixology chef, Junior Merino. Continue reading Celebrity Equinox gets an update