Two new ships will be in port and celebrating their U.S. debuts during this year's CruiseWorld, and both are part of the 11-ship roster of inspection opportunities available only to CruiseWorld attendees.
Those two ships are Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas and Holland America Line's Koningsdam, both sailing this summer in Europe.
In another first at CruiseWorld, Fathom will offer a ship inspection of the Adonia for a limited number of CruiseWorld attendees. This ship, which conducted its first Cuba sailing earlier this year, will be available on Sunday, Nov. 13 in its Miami homeport.
"Our goal at CruiseWorld is to connect the travel industry sellers with the suppliers and training they need to grow their business," said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, senior vice president for events for Northstar Travel Group, Travel Weekly's parent company.
"Ship inspection opportunities are critical to a travel adviser's ability to sell such diverse products, and being able to bring the Harmony, the Koningsdam and the Adonia to our attendees is an absolute privilege."
In addition to those three vessels, this year's full ship inspection roster offers Carnival Cruise Line's Splendor, Celebrity Cruises' Reflection, the MSC Divina, Norwegian Cruise Line's Escape and Getaway, Princess Cruises' Coral Princess and Regal Princess and Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas.
CruiseWorld, which takes place from November 9 to 11 in Fort Lauderdale, features C-suite keynote speakers, supplier workshops, peer-to-peer training, an exhibitor showcase, sponsored meal functions, ship inspections and significant networking opportunities. The event includes three days of jam-packed general sessions and more than 30 breakout sessions covering every segment of the leisure travel space.
The one-day exhibitor showcase will be held on Nov. 10 with companies representing every segment of the travel industry. (Suppliers interested in joining the exhibitor showcase should contact Emmy Morales at [email protected].)
STAR open for applications
Applications are being accepted for CruiseWorld's STAR, or Select Travel Advisor Recognition, Program. As part of Travel Weekly's ongoing commitment to support the professional development and growth of the travel agent community, 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 scheduled, collaborative meetings between exhibiting supplier partners and pre-qualified travel advisers committed to business growth. The nearly 300 advisers who are selected to participate in STAR receive complimentary event registration and hotel accommodation for two nights. Participation requirements are detailed on the CruiseWorld website.
Traditional registration opportunities are available for attendees who do not wish to apply for the STAR Program.
For more information on Travel Weekly's CruiseWorld, the ship inspection roster and the STAR Program, visit www.cruiseworldshow.com.