Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: April 11, 2005

NEST, the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel, recently set sail from Fort Lauderdale for its first seminar at sea aboard Celebrity Cruises Millennium. The cruise, which sailed the eastern Caribbean, gave agents an opportunity to gain insight into the Celebrity product and experience the lines services first-hand, said Stuart Cohen, NESTs senior vice president. While at sea, NEST members attended a series of seminars educating them on the Celebrity product, including Celebrity Xpeditions.

CELEBRITY account manager Marie La Cava escorted the 37 NEST participants. With Internet access at sea, La Cava was able to present the new home-based agency portal, as well as Cohen also spent time demonstrating and CruiseNEST, the cruise-booking engine for NEST members. The event got a thumbs-up from NEST agent Jeanette Dennis of Lowcountry Travel. I learned more than I ever have from a trade show. It was really nice to be able to talk to other agents and find out what they were doing. More information about NEST is online at

THROUGH THE PORTHOLE: Holland America Lines Alaska cruise-tour excursions can now be booked in advance through the lines Web site ( Previously, passengers on its cruise-tours, which are the pre- or post-cruise land extensions through Alaska and Canadas Yukon Territory, could only be reserved over the phone or in person during the cruise.

DATEBOOK: The Raleigh chapter of OSSN will sponsor a members meeting called Working With Suppliers, April 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event, which is free to members, will be held at the Bahama Breeze restaurant in Raleigh. For details and to RSVP, e-mail [email protected].

May 8 from the nearest British Airways gateway to Cairo.
Length: Eight nights, including a five-day Nile River cruise.
Sponsor: Abercrombie & Kent, Oak Brook, Ill.
Cost: $1,290 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, the cruise, accommodations, most meals, transfers, sightseeing and park fees.
Trip: Spends four nights in Cairo and four nights cruising from Aswan to Luxor. Also features an excursion to Abu Simbel.
Noteworthy: The trip is valid for Iatan agents only. The single supplement is $390; air within Egypt is priced at $290 per person.
Contact: (800) 323-7308, Ext. 887; fax: (630) 954-3324.


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