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
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
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.
FAM OF THE
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,
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].
Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
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