Sunday,  March 24, 2019  7:13 pm

Here's why you should cruise with ACV & NCL


Here's why you should cruise with ACV & NCL
Fatima Da Silva, BDM Western Canada, Norwegian Cruise Line, Derek Lloyd, National Director of Sales, Norwegian Cruise Line; Lindsay Sande, Area Sales Manager for AB, SK and the Kootenay Rockies.

Air Canada Vacations (ACV) and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) partnered together for an exclusive cruise event at the Calgary Zoo.

Travel agents enjoyed an intimate dinner with new product highlights and key selling tips to help with sales.

Why cruise with Air Canada Vacations?

According to Lindsay Sande, area sales manager for Alberta, Saskatchewan & the Kootenay Rockies:

“We have so many great benefits to booking your cruise with ACV and really want to encourage clients to book air and cruise together.”

The lowest price on airfare with Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge is guaranteed or ACV will pay for the flight.

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No deposits for flights are required at time of booking and are 100% refundable up to 30 days prior to travel.

If there are any delays, ACV will rebook guests on the next flight to catch the cruise.

The ACV travel agent portal is the easiest tool to book cruise packages and many special services can be added to NCL reservations without additional cost. Booking air at time of cruise will ensure guests receive the reduced airfare pricing and packages are eligible for CareFree Protection.

Why cruise with NCL?

“Freestyle cruising is unique to NCL and ensures your clients eat when they want to, and it means that there are no line ups making the cruising experience more enjoyable. The ships are built for freestyle cruising offering a personalized experience everyday," said Fatima Da Silva, BDM for Western Canada.

Solo cabins are available for single travellers without having to pay single supplements and also includes an onboard singles community, meet and greets and access their own lounge.

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The Haven provides a “small ship on a big ship” experience. Guests enjoy 24 hour butler service, concierge service, access to their own pool decks, sun deck, a private Haven restaurant and priority seating for shows.

The Norwegian Bliss is their newest ship and it offers the largest racetrack at sea, laser tag fun, and a large observation deck that is perfect for enjoying the Alaskan glacier views. Adding to the fleet, the Norwegian Encore is the sister ship to the Bliss and will begin sailing in November 2019 to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami.

NCL adding a new class

Project Leonardo is a new class of four smaller ships to be added to the NCL fleet, the first of which will be released in 2022.

With the Free at Sea promotion, travellers can choose from options based on the cabin category booked, including free wifi, shore credits, free specialty dining, unlimited open bar and friends and family sail free.

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The Norwegian Edge represents a renewed experience aboard their fleet where all ships (except the Jewel) have been completely refurbished to provided updated experiences onboard. The biggest investment in the new Edge program is to the enhanced food and beverage experiences, largely influenced by their Regent and Oceania partners.

NCL released an updated NCL Specialist program where certified specialists are eligible to receive a free cruise for agent and companion upon selling five cruises, or receive a 35% discount on cruises if the five cruises sales minimum has not been reached.

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