Vacation.com has announced its 2013 cruise program highlights including three offerings: Amenity Departure Dates, Vacation Vignettes and the Culinary Collection. Vacation.com will offer more than 500 Amenity Departure Dates and more than 200 Vacation Vignettes next year, in addition to the continuation of its Culinary Collection cruises, the consortia says.
New in 2013, Vacation.com reports partnering with Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines on Vacation Vignettes, Azamara Club Cruises on its Amenity Departure Dates. And, for the first time, Vacation.com says it is partnering with a river cruise company, Avalon Waterways, on its Amenity Departure Dates.
Through Amenity Departure Dates, Vacation.com packages select cruises with special amenities for its members to offer their clients - such as shipboard credits, free meals at specialty restaurants onboard, or prepaid gratuities.
Vacation Vignettes cruises feature a concierge host, an exclusive shore excursion, and a private cocktail reception on each departure while Vacation.com’s Culinary Collection offers food- and wine-themed cruises on premium and luxury cruise lines – often featuring onboard cooking classes and demonstrations from world-renowned chefs.
“Our cruise programs continue to be among the most valued member benefits, offering our members an opportunity to stand out from their competitors by providing these one-of-a-kind values,” said Vacation.com President John Lovell.
“By adding key suppliers in 2013, we’re able to present our members and their clients with an even wider selection of cruise offerings. Avalon Waterways is a perfect example. We’ve seen tremendous growth in the popularity of river cruising, so it only made sense to add that segment of the cruise industry to our already stellar lineup.” Lovell said.
Examples of the featured departures for next year cited by Vacatiion.com include:
• Taste of the Danube on Avalon Waterways - This 9-day river cruise aboard Avalon Panorama features small towns and scenic beauty.
• Tour Turkey on Norwegian Cruise Lines – Multiple Vacation Vignettes itineraries take clients on cruises through southern Turkey.
• Tour of Spain on the Azamara Quest - This 11-day Vacation Vignettes cruise features an exclusive shore excursion in the port of Granada, Spain.
Vacation.com also reports it is providing members with marketing pieces to assist them in selling these cruises including free customizable, full-color print brochures and e-brochures.
In addition, Vacation.com reports its members booking any 5-night or longer 2012 Vacation Vignettes cruises on Royal Caribbean International during the 2012 Olympics (July 27 – August 10) will automatically be entered to win a $50 gift card. Vacation.com will give away as many gift cards as the United States wins Olympic medals. More information on the promotion can be found at www.agentuniverse.com.