Cruise Holidays Honors Wichita Agents, Signs with Web TV Show

Cruise Holidays, the cruise-specialty retail franchise, presented its 2008 Golden Anchor award to Joe and Sharon Bye of Cruise Holidays, Wichita, KS. The Golden Anchor exemplifies the store most engaged in programs, meetings and conventions, and use of tools and technology provided to stores by Cruise Holidays headquarters. The Byes were honored during the 2008 Cruise Holidays Annual Convention being held aboard Norwegian Cruise LinesNorwegian Pearl, October 19-26.

“The passion with which Joe and Sharon have built their business is evident to anyone who has cruised with them," said Peter D. Thomson, vice president and COO of Cruise Holidays. "They have taken that passion, along with the tools and technology provided by Cruise Holidays, and built a successful business. What sets them apart is their enthusiastic participation in everything that is Cruise Holidays, from training and networking events to marketing programs and technology. Plus, Joe has taken on the added responsibility of sitting on our Franchise Advisory Board, which is a critical element to the success of the entire network.”

In related news, Cruise Holidays revealed details of a special, exclusive partnership with “Cruising Authority,” a web-based, weekly talk show dedicated to the cruising industry. The show launched in September 2007 and is hosted by cruise industry expert Barry Vaudrin.

As part of the exclusive partnership, the online home page for “Cruising Authority” includes a link to Cruise Holidays’ website to enable listeners to find the location nearest them. For more information about “Cruising Authority” visit

“Our cruise experts will have the chance to be frequent guests on ‘Cruising Authority’ providing their insight and expertise," said Thomson. "We’ll also be providing special, personally-tailored cruise vacation packages for a variety of groups as part of this joint venture.”


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