Cruise and Maritime Voyages will be inviting more than 1,000 agents and trade partners on ship visits next year to view and take lunch on board Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo & Astoria.

Lisa Jacobs, head of trade sales for the cruise line, said: “This year we have seen more than 700 agents on board four of our ships in nine different ports around the UK. It has had an immediate positive effect on our sales a case of now you see it and now you can sell it. All our travel trade partners have earned good commission with our incentives to book early. In all our advertising we encourage our passengers to go to their travel agent and this also applies to all on board sales.

“In 2018 we are offering 27 ship visit opportunities in 12 alternative venues. As with our cruise programme our passengers prefer to cruise from closer to home hence the wide choice of UK departure points. Our ship visit programme is aimed to make it easy for the trade to come on board and take a look. New venues for agent visits include Poole, Portsmouth, Greenock, Belfast and Cardiff. Popular places that were quickly snapped up this year Tilbury, Dundee, Bristol, Newcastle, Hull and Liverpool are back on the menu. Whilst those working in the Invergordon region of Scotland can visit during a cruise stop.”

Agents interested in any of the ship visits for next year can download a registration form and send it to agents@cruiseandmaritime.com or call 0844-414 6140 for more details.

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