More than 250 travel agents have so far this year taken a new experiential-based ship visit with Celebrity Cruises as part of the line’s comprehensive agent training approach.

The milestone follows the introduction of the new activity in summer 2015 and the overhauled ship visit programme ensures that agents experience a taster of life at sea on a cruise holiday.

The new experiential ship visits focus on agents being able to try out key features of ships as if they were sailing on-board. This includes being able to enjoy drinks in a bar of their choice, sample hot tubs and swimming pools, and tuck into a lunch that features different courses prepared by the speciality restaurants on-board.

Agents also enjoy viewings of staterooms across different accommodation categories, with free time to wander around the ship at their leisure after an official welcome and introduction from the sales team.

Claire Stirrup, the line’s head of sales UK and Ireland, said: “Ensuring that agents get under the skin of what a Celebrity Cruise is all about is really important. Agents who have felt the grass of the Lawn Club under their toes, sipped a martini from an ice-topped bar and tasted the disco shrimp from Qsine understand our brand better and who to sell our cruise holidays to. We only started the experiential agent ship visits quite late into the 2015 season, and we are already planning to increase the number of agents who come on-board in 2016.”

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