SEATTLE -- Cruise West launched an incentive program for agencies
that book nine or more clients during a given season to any of the
line's destinations, including Alaska.
Dubbed the BEAR (bookings earn added rewards) program, the
incentive includes a free cabin on a Cruise West sailing for the
agency and shipboard credits for clients.
Under the program, agencies that book nine people on a Cruise
West sailing in a particular season receive one free berth, whose
value is based on the average cruise-only price of all nine
An agency can use the free cabin to reward an agent or pass the
savings on to a future group booking.
Cruise West said the agency incentive is doled out at the end of
the cruising season or once all nine booking deposits are received,
whichever comes first.
In Alaska, Cruise West's cruise-only programs are the Sheltered
Seas yacht tours, the Explorer's Route, the Island Seas, the
Glacier Seas and the Secluded Waterways.
Although group discounts do not apply to this program, clients
are rewarded with on-board credits that range from $25 to $150 per
person, depending on destination and sailing dates.
According to Mary Novak-Beatty, Cruise West vice president of
sales, marketing and reservations, the program was created to
reward agencies that sell a significant amount of Cruise West
Novak-Beatty said the BEAR incentive is in addition to Cruise
West's main group program, which features group discounts and one
free berth for every 10 cabins booked on the same itinerary.
For additional information or to make reservations, call (800)
426-7702, or visit the company's Web site, at www.cruisewest.com.