Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Dec. 25, 2006

CRUISE AND TRAVEL AGENTS announced it will hold a Cruise University aboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas sailing Feb. 3 to the western Caribbean. Agents attending will participate in five CLIA classes: Building a Smart Business Plan, Creating a Cruise Marketing Plan, Managing Your Time Effectively and two videos. Tuition covers all training materials, cruise, port charges, government fees and gratuities. Each Cruise University offers a curriculum guarantee, ensuring that all courses scheduled will be held regardless of the number of agent participants. Additional details and applications to attend Cruise University are at Retailers also can call (954) 491-2269.


AND THE WINNERS ARE ... Travel Weekly revealed its Readers Choice Awards winners in 51 categories. An open ballot phase of the voting was conducted in the summer, and readers were invited to write in the names of any company they chose in a category. The top vote-getters were identified as finalists, and voting on finalists took place through Oct. 21. Click here to review all the winners. Travel Weekly also presented three Lifetime Achievement Awards to Bill Marriott Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International; Bob Dickinson, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines; and John Mullen, president and CEO of Apple Vacations.

THE CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION will move its headquarters from New York to Fort Lauderdale in conjunction with its merger with the International Council of Cruise Lines. The new office, just minutes from Port Everglades, will be operational in January.



Trip: Spends five days cruising the Aegean Sea from Athens, visiting Mykonos, Piraeus, Rhodes, Patmos and Santorini, Greece; and Kusadasi, Turkey.

Departures: March 5 and 12; May 14 and 28; and June 11 and 25 from Athens aboard Louis Cruise Line's Sea Diamond.

Sponsor: Sterling Vacations, Austin, Texas.

Cost: $399 per person, double. Includes all meals and sightseeing.

Noteworthy: Guaranteed oceanview cabins are $200 extra. The companion rate is $499. Taxes and fees are not included. A two-night extension in Athens can be added for $399 per person. Optional excursions to Delphi or Argolis, Greece, can be added for $89.

Contact: (866) 345-7755; fax (512) 345-7722; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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