Norwegian Cruise Line will pay a $50 bonus commission for
each new booking on eight upcoming Norwegian Dawn cruises from San Juan.
A spokeswoman said an earlier plan to pay commission on what
are normally noncommissionable charges caused complications and was scrapped.
The departure dates of the cruises are Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec.
3, 10, 17 and 28; and Jan. 7.
Norwegian said most hotels in the Condado area of San Juan
are accepting reservations from Nov. 1 forward and San Juan International
Airport is slowly ramping up and is expected to be closer to a normal operating
schedule a month from now.
"We ask for your support in reaffirming San Juan as a
beautiful point of embarkation for Norwegian Dawn and the role our guests will
play in supporting the local economy," senior vice president of sales
Camille Olivere said in a note to travel partners.
The bonus commission applies to new bookings made after Oct.
Olivere said the most hurricane-impacted ports on the Dawn's
itineraries have been removed. For example, the Dec. 3 voyage will bypass
Antigua and St. Croix.
"We believe we have created itineraries which will be
enjoyed by our guests," Olivere said.
In addition to incentivizing agents, Norwegian has offered
customer specials, such as a sale through Oct. 9 that offers up to $1,000 in
onboard spending credits on 2017 Caribbean cruises. The offer may be combined
with the Free at Sea promotion that gives guests a choice of free amenities.
Correction: Norwegian Cruise Line is paying agents bonus commission on eight San Juan cruises. An earlier plan to pay agents commission on normally noncommissionable charges was scrapped in favor of the $50 bonus.