Britain’s largest travel agent event, the ACE UK Cruise Convention, opens today for registrations as many cruise lines report unprecedented interest in cruise holidays.The Convention will take place in Southampton from Thursday 24 to Saturday June 26 and will feature visits to four cruise ships - the newly launched Celebrity Eclipse, P&O Cruises’ Azura and NCL’s Norwegian Epic, along with Cunard’s every popular QM2.
A recent addition to the programme of events is a pre-Convention opportunity for agents to visit Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess on Wednesday June 23.
Flo Powell, director of ACE said: “Cruise lines and agents are reporting huge interest in cruise holidays. This year’s UK Cruise Convention will provide travel agents with the very latest news and trends within the industry, ship visits and business sessions designed to help them turn the high consumer interest into increased cruise business.”
More than 600 delegates, including over 400 travel agents, are expected to attend the fourth ACE UK Cruise Convention with sessions taking place in the QEII Cruise Terminal.
These will include business seminars, key note speakers and the main conference along with a cruise trade fair, networking events and the popular ship visits.
Agents will be among the first to see NCL’s Norwegian Epic which will be in Southampton prior to her christening in New York on July 2. Visits will also take place onboard P&O Cruises’ Azura and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse, both of which are being launched in April 2010.
The ACE UK Cruise Convention will begin on the morning of Thursday June 24 and together with the key events, agents will also be invited to attend the Celebration of Cruise Party and the Gala evening.
Delegate rates begin at £60 for ACE accredited agents registering before March 15, rising to £70 for registrations made after this date.
The non-member delegate rate is £80.
Registration is now open with further details available at www.ukcruiseconvention.org