Explora Journeys Joins American Society of Travel Advisors

Explora Journeys has announced it has joined the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA). The luxury travel brand of the MSC Group further underpinned its commitment to the travel advisor community with a $10,000 donation to ASTA’s advocacy fund.

Since its launch in June 2021, Explora Journeys has designed a set of commercial policies to support the travel advisor community, including a “By Appointment” service, 24/7 availability for advisors, and the luxury cruise industry’s first rolling commission program for travel agencies with no non-commissionable fares.

“We are totally committed to support and protect the business health and longevity of the travel advisor community and we applaud the work of ASTA’s leadership, chapters and members to ensure all stakeholders recognize the value of every travel advisor. Explora Journeys is here for the long term and we look forward to driving a mutually beneficial and successful partnership with all ASTA members,” said Chris Austin, chief sales officer, Explora Journeys.

Sales are now open for the inaugural season on Explora I with sailings from May 2023. In its first year, the ship will visit 132 ports in 40 countries. That will feature two destinations, Kastellorizo (Greece) and Saint Pierre (Martinique), which have not been visited by cruise ships before.

The itineraries include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the U.K., Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the U.S. East Coast, Caribbean, South America and Hawaii. Sailings range from six-night itineraries to a 44-night inaugural journey around Northern Europe.

For more information, visit www.explorajourneys.com/traveladvisors.

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