Expands Concierge-Hosted Cruises


Royal Caribbean International has joined the Vacation Vignettes lineup of while Celebrity Cruises and Azamara have expanded offerings, reports.’s popular concierge-hosted  Vacation Vignettes program now represents well over 100 exclusive sailings for the year.

“Offering unique, value-added cruise packages from our Preferred Suppliers is an effective sales tool for our members,” said Stephen McGillivray,’s vice president of Marketing. “Vacation Vignettes continues to exceed the expectations of both our members and their clients.”

Vacation Vignettes are a select group of sailings with value-added amenities offered exclusively through member agencies. Every departure features the services of a concierge host, a “Bon Voyage” cocktail reception and an exclusive shore event.

The four itineraries from RCI include a 14-Night South America, 10-Night Caribbean & Panama Canal, 10-Night Canary Islands & Morocco and 7-Night Classic Mediterranean. The exclusive shore events range from a Special City Tour of Punta Arenas to a Sloth Sanctuary and Canoe Adventure.  It is only through Vacation Vignettes that consumers would have access to these unique cultural experiences.

RCI’s inclusion in the program bolsters an impressive lineup that includes Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Viking River Cruises and Windstar Cruises.

Because of the success of the program, the number of departures has doubled since 2008.  In addition to RCI’s four sailings, Vacation Vignettes recently added nine new voyages from Celebrity and four from Azamara to its 2009 schedule, bringing the total number of departures for the year to 133.

“Celebrity and Azamara recognized the tremendous value of this program,” added McGillivray. “Their Vacation Vignette sailings early in the year garnered a high response from our members. We are excited to add new departures.” members can log into AgentNet to access the complete Vacation Vignettes 2009 schedule.

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