Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Jan. 8, 2007

ROYAL CARIBBEAN gave America's Vacation Center its President's Award for Partner of the Year. AVC, a host agency network based in Escondido, Calif., is part of the American Express Travel Representative Network. Co-president Brad Anderson said the agency is "beyond honored to receive this distinguished award." Royal Caribbean President Adam Goldstein said AVC is "setting the pace in travel distribution through its leadership, innovation, and reputation. We value their commitment to deliver an exceptional experience for our guests throughout their cruise vacation planning process."

MEANWHILE, Norwegian Cruise Line named America's Vacation Center its President's Elite Travel Agency of the Year. Andy Stuart, NCL's executive vice president of marketing, sales, and passenger services, said, "AVC agents have done an excellent job of matching our innovative products and features with discerning vacationers, and as a result turning them into satisfied cruise passengers."

THROUGH THE PORT HOLE: Carnival Cruise Lines will deploy half its fleet on short cruise itineraries in 2007, offering 32 short cruises (from three to five days) from 12 North American homeports. The short cruises will include Carnival's first year-round cruise program from San Diego. The other options will embark from Mobile, Ala.; Long Beach, Calif.; Jacksonville, Miami, Port Canaveral and Tampa, Fla.; New York; New Orleans; Charleston, S.C.; Galveston, Texas; and Norfolk, Va.


DATEBOOK: The new NCL will be the topic of discussion at the Jan. 23 meeting of the Fort Worth chapter of OSSN. The meeting will be at the Olive Garden, 925 Alta Mere Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, starting at 6:30 p.m. Sign up by e-mailing [email protected]. The cost is $6 for members and $11 for non-members.



Trip: Visits Como, Florence, Rome and Venice with travel via rail.

Departures: Saturdays to March 15 from Los Angeles or New York to Rome via British Airways.

Length: Seven nights.

Sponsor: Tours Specialists, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Cost: $1,400 per person, double, from New York or $1,600 from Los Angeles. Includes air, accommodations, daily breakfasts, transfers and sightseeing.

Noteworthy: Single supplements can be arranged. Companions are eligible for $100 additional. Air from other gateways is available. Taxes are not included.

Contact: (800) 223-7552; fax: (727) 784-7520; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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