SEATTLE -- Travel agents have less than two weeks to get in on a
California Wine Country cruise sweepstakes that could earn them
cash prizes of up to $1,000 in addition to the standard 10%
Seattle-based Cruise West introduced the contest to reward
individual agents and their agencies for wine country cruise sales
made by Aug. 31.
The company is offering three- and four-night cruises in the
California Delta country to the wine regions of Napa, Sonoma and
Carneros out of San Francisco between Sept. 24 and Dec. 17.
Agents booking cabins on the ships automatically will be entered
in a drawing each time. The top selling agent will win a
three-night cruise, including air fare.
Cash prizes of $250, $500 and $1,000 also will be given away in
a drawing of the names of all qualifying individual agents. For
each agency that sells 10 or more cabins, Cruise West will host a
wine and cheese party for the entire staff.
Cruise West's representatives in the market will be the
100-passenger Spirit of Endeavour and Spirit of '98. The latter is
undergoing extensive repairs in Seattle after hitting a submerged
rock near Juneau, Alaska, but will be back in service in plenty of
time for its California season, according to Cruise West president
The ships leave from San Francisco and sail along the Napa and
Sacramento rivers. Two full days of winery visits, tastings,
banquets and tours are included in each itinerary.
A wine expert will travel with each ship, lecturing en route.
The three-night cruise is priced from $495 per person, double; the
four-night rate is from $695 per person, double. The two ships --
out of Cruise West's fleet of seven -- will be in Alaska during the
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