Paul Gauguin Cruises abolishes rebating

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Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the 332-passenger Paul Gauguin, will institute an anti-rebating policy on June 1.

Agents won't be permitted to surrender part of their commission to lower the cruise fare.

“Travel agencies may not advertise a lower price on Paul Gauguin Cruises than the published price that the line is offering. Travel agencies may advertise amenities, such as a shipboard credit included in a promotion authorized by Paul Gauguin Cruises,” the line said.

Paul Gauguin Cruises reserves the right to reduce a travel agent’s commission and/or marketing support if the policy is violated.

The policy stipulates that final cruise payments by credit card must be made for the full gross amount. Travel agents may pay a net price at final payment, if full payment is made with a travel agency check or wire transfer.

Paul Gauguin Cruises, which operates its lone ship in French Polynesia, is the second cruise company to enact an anti-rebating policy this year.

Prestige Cruise Holdings, parent of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, implemented an anti-rebating policy on May 1. The Prestige policy also requires final payment in the gross amount due.

For cruise news and updates, follow Donna Tunney on Twitter @dttravelweekly.

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