Come hear about CruiseWorld's opportunities at webinar

Travel Weekly's CruiseWorld will offer attendees a chance to hear from dozens of industry leaders, tour a selection of nine ships and attend a full-day exhibitor showcase, several supplier training sessions, industry certification programs and more than 30 educational breakout sessions as part of the three-day conference, Nov. 15 through 17.

The events team will take to the Travel Weekly virtual studios on Monday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern time, to bring this event to life for prospective attendees. During this live webinar, content director Mary Pat Sullivan will walk through each day's activities, educational sessions and networking opportunities.

"We are looking forward to sharing our excitement for this year's event. We have an incredible speaker roster and a selection of learning and networking opportunities hand-crafted to satisfy our diverse travel agency audience," said Sullivan. "We recognize that there are many learning opportunities in the market and we want to help travel advisers understand how CruiseWorld can help boost their business and their passion."

During the webinar, details on the remaining spots available for the Select Travel Advisor Recognition (STAR) program will be explained. The core component of the STAR program is a series of scheduled one-on-one business meetings between exhibiting suppliers and prequalified travel advisers. Travel advisers admitted to the STAR program will receive complimentary registration and hotel accommodation for two nights. Spots are filling up quickly, with more than 80% already committed.

Attendees will have access to a myriad of specialization and certification programs, including the ability to earn 25 CLIA credits, get Special Needs Group and Hawaii Specialist certifications, and receive Travel Institute training.

They will also have the opportunity to get hands-on workshop training from nearly a dozen suppliers, including but not limited to VAX Vacation Access, CCRA, Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Visit Anchorage and Avalon Waterways.

Travel adviser peers will lead a dozen training sessions on Friday with wide-ranging topics designed to satisfy a diverse audience of agents who are new to the industry, developing travel sellers and established business owners.

A hallmark of the CruiseWorld general session are the one-on-one interviews with cruise CEOs conducted by Travel Weekly editor-in-chief Arnie Weissmann. Weissmann will be joined by Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, on Nov. 15; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. CEO Richard Fain on Nov. 16; and Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald on Nov. 17.

This year's CruiseWorld will kick off with a lively and entertaining Mastermind panel session, including eight top cruise industry sales and marketing executives.

Confirmed speakers include Chris Austin, senior vice president of global marketing and sales for Seabourn Cruise Line; John Chernesky, vice president of North America sales for Princess Cruises and Cunard Line; Vicki Freed, senior vice president of trade support and service for Royal Caribbean International; Eva Jenner, vice president of sales for Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruise Line; Joe Jiffo, senior vice president of sales for MSC Cruises; Camille Olivere, senior vice president of sales for Norwegian Cruise Line; Adolfo Perez, vice president of trade and sale marketing for Carnival Cruise Line; and Dondra Ritzenthaler, senior vice president of sales, trade support and service for Celebrity Cruises.

New to this year's general session will be a series of TW Talks that will bring industry leaders to the stage for quick-hitting presentations. Leaders include the top executives of travel agency organizations as well as travel agency owners.

Click to register for Monday's webinar. To view the full program, apply for STAR status or to register to attend, visit

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