Travel advisor Jenny Malka of Atlanta-based Century Travel, a Virtuoso-affiliated agency, booked Oceania Cruises’ one-millionth reservation early on June 2.
This is a milestone for Oceania Cruises, which was founded by cruise industry veterans Frank Del Rio and Bob Binder with three, 684-passenger ships – Insignia, Nautica and Regatta. A little more than a decade since its first voyage, the line now operates a five-ship fleet following the construction of two additional ships, Marina and Riviera, which debuted in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
“I couldn’t believe that I made the one-millionth booking,” said Malka. “I book many of my clients on vacations with Oceania Cruises because consumers are seeking exceptional value for their vacation dollar and Oceania Cruises delivers that value while providing an upscale experience.”
From Virtuoso's perspective, “Virtuoso has been a trusted partner with Oceania Cruises since its early days, so it only seems fitting that one of our affiliate agencies made this booking,” said Matthew Upchurch, chairman and CEO of Virtuoso. “We’re honored and very proud to be a part of this remarkable achievement.”
Malka is a Toronto-based travel advisor who joined Century Travel in 2002. Century Travel is based in Atlanta and was started in 1985 by Gene Lashley and Peter Lloyd. Century Travel joined the Virtuoso network in 1998 and currently has more than 60 advisors throughout North America.
Oceania Cruises' headquarters opened on January 6, 2003 in Miami. Over the past decade, the upper premium line has become known for its deluxe cruise experience, a strong destination focus, culinary offerings, as well as two-for-one cruise fares and free airfare with every booking.
“When we started the business, we envisioned a fleet of midsized ships taking people to exotic and interesting locales around the world, serving the finest cuisine at sea and providing exemplary service to our guests.” explains Del Rio, Oceania's founder. “We’re extremely proud of our efforts, and yet humbled by the loyalty of our guests who embraced this new way of cruising, and the never-ending hard work of our employees, crew and travel partners who all helped us reach this milestone.”
For more information on Oceania, visit www.oceaniacruises.com.