Niche Cruise Marketing Alliance adds Elegant Cruises and Tours

The Niche Cruise Marketing Alliance added Elegant Cruises and Tours, a company that specializes in small ship expeditions in European waters, as its 16th member.

The Port Washington, New York-based company owns and operates two vessels, the 62-passenger Monet and the 105-passenger Andrea.

Both ships visit smaller ports and harbors that are impossible for larger ships to enter, Elegant Cruises and Tours said, and feature voyages to locations such as Croatia and the Adriatic, the Azores and Atlantic Islands, the British Isles, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and this year for the first time, the Gulf of Bothnia.

The 20-year old company describes itself as being a family-owned and -operated, and offers tour lengths ranging from nine to 20 days.

The NCMA alliance hosts educational programs and seminars and attends trade shows to reach out to travel agents about the value of specialty cruise product.

NCMA executive director Lawrence Dessler said in a statement that, "With the increasing weakness of the dollar in Europe, the availability of inclusive luxury cruise and tour packages are particularly attractive."

Further information on Elegant Cruises and Tours is available on their Web site, www.elegantcruises.com, or on NCMA's Web site at www.nichecruise.com.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

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