Paul Gauguin Cruises is doing what Regent Seven Seas Cruises, it’s former operator, recently announced: dropping non-commissionable cruise fares. In 2010, agents who sell Paul Gauguin will receive commission on previously exempt commissionable items such as port, handling and security charges (shore excursions are note commissionable). Regent Seven Seas announced a similar plan at its Seven Seas Council meeting in Los Angeles last month. As part of the new structure, Paul Gauguin will offer a comprehensive support program to agents and travel distributors around the world. Also, all current 2009 commission agreements and levels will be automatically honored for 2010 reservations, including those through national accounts, consortia and independent agreements.
“We are very pleased to reinforce our commitment to professional travel agents and remain entirely dedicated to their success in 2010,” said David Giersdorf, president and CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises. “Our all-inclusive luxury cruise fares already provide some of the highest-commission earnings per sale in the cruise industry.”
Reservations are now open for the 2010 season, which features 38 itineraries ranging from seven to 15 nights to such destinations as Tahiti, the Society Islands, Tuamotus, the Cook Islands, Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand.