Vacation.com reports member agencies can now begin ordering full-color client brochures detailing the 2014 Distinctive Voyages sailings and excursions. The new brochures will assist agents to highlight advantages of these sailings to clients.
Distinctive Voyages is a concierge-hosted cruise program that, next year, features over 300 selected sailings and includes complimentary added amenities such as an exclusive shore event, private cocktail reception and the expertise of a concierge host onboard each sailing.
Vacation.com says there is already a base of 300 seasoned hosts from within Vacation.com – and the continued success and growth of the program has yielded 120 new Vacation.com member applicants to be considered as hosts.
“Without the exceptional support of Vacation.com members, Distinctive Voyages could never have expanded as rapidly and successfully as it has. Now that the concierge-hosted program has been taken to the next level, we’re thrilled to offer our members beautiful marketing pieces that they in turn can provide to their clients for free,” said Vacation.com President John Lovell.
“Integral to the success of Distinctive Voyages has been the willingness of our Vacation.com member agents to actively serve as concierge hosts. I’m excited that in addition to our 300 Vacation.com agents who have already been fully trained on this essential responsibility, we have another 120 waiting in the wings wishing to participate as hosts. Now that we have grown the program from a relatively small number of annual sailings in 2006 to well over 300, this enables even more Vacation.com members to serve in this distinguished capacity," Lovell said.
The onboard concierge host is just one of the features consumers can expect when booking a Distinctive Voyages cruise, Vacation.com says. Each concierge host is thoroughly vetted and only the most exceptional candidates are selected. Among other criteria, all concierge hosts are required to possess a past experience hosting groups, knowledge of the destinations, and a booking history with the Distinctive Voyages program.
In addition to a concierge host and a private cocktail reception aboard the cruise, another major benefit provided to Distinctive Voyages clientele is an exclusive shore excursion that connects travelers with the local culture and offers rich experiences.
Two examples of the exclusive shore events being offered in 2014 are the Wonders of the Ancient World: Ephesus, Terrace Houses & Artemis Temple (available on select Azamara Club Cruises sailings) – and the Wonders of Wellington with Lunch (available on select Regent Seven Seas Cruises sailings).
Sailings included in the 2014 Distinctive Voyages collection range in length from seven to 112 days. In addition to the cruise lines currently participating in Distinctive Voyages for 2013 – Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Silversea Cruises – three cruise lines have been added to Distinctive Voyages for 2014: Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises.