A record six ships will now be showcased at this year’s ACE UK Cruise Convention with news that Le Boréal, the latest addition to the Compagnie du Ponant fleet, will be making her UK debut at the event.The ACE UK Cruise Convention takes place from June 24-26 and will now feature visits to four newly launched ships - Celebrity Eclipse, P&O Cruises’ Azura, NCL’s Norwegian Epic and Compagnie du Ponant’s Le Boréal.
Travel agents will also be able to visit Cunard’s QM2 (June 25) and take advantage of a pre-Convention opportunity to view Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess on Wednesday June 23.
Flo Powell, director of ACE said: “Compagnie du Ponant has just become an ACE member and it is great news that travel agents will have the opportunity to see firsthand this very glamorous super yacht. The Convention offers agents a unique occasion - not only can they visit up to six superb cruise ships, they’ll also hear the very latest news and trends within the industry, all designed to help increase cruise business.’
Claire Hancer, UK sales director for Compagnie du Ponant says: ‘We are thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase our new super yacht, the 264-passenger Le Boréal. The 140m yacht will be visiting Southampton for just a few hours but will offer agents the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the standard of our product which can only assist them greatly in generating future sales enquiries for us.’
Le Boréal is one of two super yachts ordered by the French cruise line and is being christened on May 3 before sailing on her inaugural voyage three days later from Marseilles. L’Austral launches in May 2011.
Delegates can take advantage of an early bird ticket rate of £60 for ACE members or £70 for non-members if booked before March 15.
Registration is now open with further details available at www.ukcruiseconvention.org