Travel agency network Virtuoso has selected Passport Online as a technology partner and will implement the company’s cruise booking engine.

The Tandem Cruise Booking Engine will roll out to Virtuoso’s network in North America next month via Virtuoso.com. The business-to-business tool will enable agents to find, compare, quote and book cruises on its web-based system, which will come with features and content designed only for Virtuoso (and includes Virtuoso’s preferred partners).

Tandem includes reporting and marketing tools, as well as ship information, interactive deck plans, cabin selection and the ability to modify bookings.

Agents will have the option to buy into a business-to-consumer version of the booking engine at an additional cost.

The booking engine was part of Virtuoso’s Incubator program, which introduces technologies to agents for testing and refinement. Some products, like Tandem, go on to become preferred products.

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