This Week in Cruise: Carnival Modifies U.S. Travel Agent Commission Tiers

Carnival Cruise Lines is modifying its U.S. travel agent commission tiers for new bookings made as of Jan. 1, 2013. The modification will not impact business sold during 2012 for 2013 or 2014 sailings. This is the first modification to commission tiers Carnival has made in the past 10 years and the majority of travel agents will not see a change to their current commission level, Carnival reports.

Norwegian Cruise Line and MSG Entertainment announced that the Rockettes will christen Norwegian Breakaway as the official Godmothers, strengthening the ship's ties to New York. The christening ceremony will take place in New York City on May 8, 2013 on board Norwegian Breakaway. The partnership with the Rockettes will include Norwegian Cruise Line as the designated "Official Cruise Line" of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall, and as the "Official Partner" of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

As part of their role as Godmothers, two Rockettes will sail aboard the first six sailings of Norwegian Breakaway, beginning May 12, 2013, and the first sailing of each month thereafter, taking part in special events for guests to enjoy.

Alan McGrory joined Windstar Cruises as VP of marine hotel operations. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Windstar’s Marine Hotel Operations and enhancing the onboard guest experience. McGrory will report directly to Hans Birkholz, CEO and president of Windstar.

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