Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: April 3, 2006

EDUCATION UPDATE: Platinum Seminars and the Cruise Line International Association have introduced an Express CLIA Certification cruise onboard Princess Cruises' Crown Princess. The Aug. 16 sailing will offer a Platinum Seminars Module, a Travel Institute approved program. Tom Cogan, director of training for CLIA, will conduct the CLIA sessions. Agents will be able to earn 65 points toward three certification levels along with 14 credits from the Travel Institute. The rate is $599 plus port fees and taxes. The western Caribbean cruise sails roundtrip from New York. Information is at www.platinumseminars.com

NAME CHANGE: Cruise Agent Only, an association with more than 3,000 members and the sponsor of Cruise University, has changed its name to Cruise and Travel Agents Only. Charles Dubinsky, founder and president of the organization, which counts many at-home and independent retailers among its members, said the former name implied that the group focused only on the cruise community, and "that simply was not true."

MEANWHILE, Cruise University, the educational arm of Cruise and Travel Agents Only, also changed its name and is now known as Cruise and Travel University. Training frequently includes CLIA credits and presenters, and will feature land-based venues as well as onboard cruise ship courses. More information at www.cruiseandtravelagentsonly.com.

DATEBOOK: American Cruise Lines is partnering with Charming Inns of Charleston to showcase some of their products to travel agents in the Charleston, S.C. area. The events, set for April 7 and 14, will enable retailers to inspect upscale hotels and two cruise vessels that ply the South Carolina coast. To sign up for the inspection event, agents should contact Mary Brutscher at 843-722-8680, or e-mail [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

Russia

Departures: May 13 through Sept. 20 from Moscow to St. Petersburg, cruise only.

Length: 10 nights.

Sponsor: Ambassador Cruise Lines, Boca Raton, Fla.

Cost: $1,295 per person, double. Includes three meals daily, entertainment, guided tours, transfers and shore excursions.

Trip: Cruises the Volga River between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Visits six cities along the way.

Noteworthy: Single supplements are available.

Contact: (800) 255-5551; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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