All aboard for CruiseWorld ship inspections

In what has become a CruiseWorld tradition, some of the newest ships to sail the world's oceans will be part of the ship inspection opportunities available to attendees at this year's event.


Opportunities for participating in ship inspections, scheduled for Nov. 10 and 11 in both Fort Lauderdale and Miami, are limited. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The inspections immediately follow the CruiseWorld conference, which takes place Nov. 7 through 9 in Fort Lauderdale and features c-suite keynote speakers, supplier workshops, peer-to-peer training, a one-day Exhibitor Showcase, sponsored meal functions, ship inspections and significant networking opportunities.

This year's ship inspection roster includes the Carnival Horizon and Carnival Magic; the Celebrity Infinity; Holland America Line's Koningsdam and Nieuw Amsterdam; MSC Cruises' Seaside; Princess' Regal Princess; the Norwegian Getaway; and Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas. Details and updates can be found at www.cruiseworldshow.com/ship-inspections.

"CruiseWorld is an event that brings together hundreds of travel professionals to expose them to the suppliers, training and resources necessary for growing their business and providing the best services to their clients," said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, senior vice president of events for Northstar Travel Group. "Ship inspections are a crucial part of a travel adviser's bank of knowledge. Being able to sell these diverse products and decipher which ship and brand is the best fit for each individual client can be greatly improved by being able to board these ships and see their cabins and common areas firsthand."

The CruiseWorld conference will include three days of general sessions, during which attendees will hear from the top leadership in the cruise and tour community, and updates, insights and trends from industry leaders. Over the course of the event breakout sessions will be held covering every segment of the leisure travel space. Certification programs and CLIA classes will also be offered.

The signature one-day Exhibitor Showcase will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 with companies representing diverse segments of the travel industry including airlines, attractions, business tools, car rental, cruise, destinations, hotels and resorts, professional services, tour operators and packaged vacations and more. Suppliers interested in joining the Exhibitor Showcase should contact Emmy Morales at [email protected].

Applications are now being accepted for CruiseWorld's STAR (Select Travel Advisor Recognition) Program. As part of Travel Weekly's ongoing commitment to supporting the professional development and growth of the travel adviser community, this program will help fund attendance for approximately 250 of the estimated 800 travel adviser attendees at CruiseWorld. The program is structured to provide enhanced event programming while offsetting some of the financial expenses incurred by travel advisers to attend professional development events.

The core component of the STAR Program is a series of collaborative meetings between exhibiting suppliers and prequalified travel advisers committed to business growth. Advisers who qualify for the STAR Program and who are selected to participate receive complimentary registration and hotel accommodation for two nights. Specific participation requirements are detailed on the CruiseWorld website at www.cruiseworldshow.com/star. Traditional registration opportunities are available for those who do not wish to apply for the STAR Program.

Whether attending as a STAR Program participant or a traditional attendee, CruiseWorld's robust programming provides value for all types of travel advisers, from the home-based professional to the cruise-centered seller, the seasoned veterans and those new to the industry.

For more information on Travel Weekly's CruiseWorld, the ship inspection roster and the STAR Program, visit www.cruiseworldshow.com.

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