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  1. Designed to Boost Land Vacation Sales, New Technology Package Launches for Cruises Inc. Travel Agents

    Travel Planner creates interactive experience for home-based travel agents and their clients

    Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (April 3, 2019) – As land vacation sales continue to experience double-digit growth year-after-year for Cruises Inc., the home-based business opportunity has made multi-million dollar technology investments used in part to develop technology solutions that simplify the land booking process for travel agents while also enriching every dimension of their customer’s travel experience.  Launching today, travel agents will have access to new Land Booking technology, and Travel Planner, an interactive mobile app that enables customers to easily access their custom itinerary while communicating directly with their agent on the go.

    “Providing great, flashy technology these days is table stakes. Our mission is to provide solutions for travel agents who are often burdened by having to use multiple systems to book different products such as cruise and land vacations,” said Sandi Szalay, vice president of information technology. “To accomplish this, we worked closely with our agents to develop land technology within our current reservation system which not only provides a consistent agent booking experience whether booking a cruise or land package, but also creates a very consistent customer experience through the customizable itinerary builder. We are extremely proud to help our agents increase their productivity with this new land technology and embrace personalization to better serve today’s connected traveler through the mobile app. That is what makes our agents stand out from the competition.”

    The multi-browser, multi-device compatible Land Booking technology creates flexible reminders and payment schedules, and is fully customizable to add robust details to invoices and transactional emails. In addition, agents can increase their book of business when their clients can share details about their dream vacation to invite others to join them, without sharing price and other personal details.

    Travel Planner, a fully customizable itinerary builder is also integrated into the new land technology package, allowing Cruises Inc. agents to auto-generate detailed itineraries that their customers can view on any browser and device, including an interactive mobile app. Clients can view their vacation itinerary by-the-minute, complete with background information on the destination, as well as personal recommendations from their travel advisor of excursions, restaurants and shopping. What’s more, when downloading the mobile app, clients can view their itinerary offline and take advantage of a convenient chat feature that provides them direct access to their travel agent.

    Those passionate about travel with an entrepreneurial spirit who would like to be part of a travel agency network that cares more about its agents and travelers, should visit www.SellCruises.com or call 888-462-4992 to learn about becoming an independent vacation specialist with business opportunity Cruises Inc.

     

    About Cruises Inc.® 

    In operation since 1982, Cruises Inc.® is the original work-from-home travel agency business opportunity. With an A-rating from the Better Business Bureau, Cruises Inc. has independent vacation specialists nationwide who create seamless vacation experiences, whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour, with the support of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.SellCruises.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellCruises.

     

  2. Learn How to Become a Cruise Travel Agent in Five Easy Steps

    If you are the designated vacation planner among your family and friends and enjoy talking about travel, you may want to consider becoming a travel agent so you can earn money doing what you love. Here are five easy steps on how to become a cruise travel agent.   

    1. Discover your passion
    It is important to be self-motivated and passionate about what you are doing. This will drive your success. If you are passionate about cruising and travel, becoming a work at home travel agent may be the perfect option.

    2. Research opportunities
    Once you determine you want to sell cruises from home, research what opportunities exist. While travel agencies may all look similar on the surface, it is important to do your diligence and learn how they support you.

    3. Consult with a business opportunity specialist
    This individual will walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have during your research process.

    4. Interview existing agents
    The best way to learn more about how to become a cruise travel agent is to speak with those who have been there and done that. Ask them how they ultimately made their decision and if they would do it all over again.

    5. Attend training
    The travel agency opportunity you join will provide in-depth initial training on how to become a cruise travel agent, as well as ongoing in-person and on-demand training that will continue to educate you throughout your career.

    If travel is your passion and you want a business opportunity that takes you to new places, then consider becoming a work-at-home travel agent with Cruises Inc. For more information on the Cruises Inc. business opportunity, visit www.SellCruises.com.

  3. Cruise Travel Agents Help this Niche Find Themselves in their Quest to travel the World

    There is a new wave of travel you can relate to … literally. It’s being called DNA Tourism or Ancestral Tourism and involves traveling to locations based on ancestry results from popular DNA testing kits. With a boom in at home DNA testing and kits going for as low as $75, access to this information has never been easier. People have always been interested in the historical significance of the places they travel to, but this added twist of travel based on ancestral connection is becoming an up-and-coming niche in the travel industry.

    Becoming a cruise travel agent is a great way to help people in their ancestral journey. Cruises provide people the best opportunity to easily travel to multiple islands or countries in one itinerary. They can add extensions before or after their cruise to journey further into their roots. This niche involves people of all walks of life but is mainly composed of Millennial and Generation Z travelers. These segments value experiences over tangible items and are looking for highly personalized and travel in a convenient way. Cruise travel agents help bridge the gap between convenience, value and customizable travel. By joining Cruises Inc., we’ll teach you how to become a cruise travel agent so you can begin selling to this niche or any other markets that spark your interest.

  4. Cruise Industry Outlook is Hot in 2019 and our Agent Training Can Help You Benefit from these Trends

    In case you haven’t already heard, travel is hot in 2019. With an influx of new ships and access to even more ports and destinations, the cruise industry is expected to receive 30 million passengers by the end of this year. Top cruise lines are now focusing on growing market segments like passengers new to cruise, solo travelers and Generation Z visitors. With many of these segments giving greater importance to experience over material items, their focus is shifted on getaways and unique vacations. In order to appease the greater need for custom vacations in an age of information overload, many are looking to cruise agents to help!

    Our cruise agent training is perfect for those who are either new to travel or those with industry experience. The biggest draw of our host agency opportunity is the flexibility to work from anywhere, this also extends to our training. With a robust library of training modules accessible 24/7, learning is easy and convenient. If you like instructor lead courses, then our once a month virtual training or Saturday-Series is perfect for you. Learn marketing ideas to capture growing markets and how to create customized experiences for your clients.

    With a healthy industry set to debut dozens of cruises with innovative features for clients of all ages, there are new passenger experiences for all. Trends show that consumers value convenience and are looking for a highly customizable experience. With our cruise agent training, you can become an industry expert to help clients navigate all the new things in the cruise market and give them an unforgettable vacation experience.

    Stats: https://cruising.org/news-and-research/-/media/CLIA/Research/CLIA%202019%20State%20of%20the%20Industry.pdf

  5. Local Travel Agent Wins National Business Award In Celebration of Women’s History Month

    Cruises Inc.® Honors Fort Pierce, Fla. resident with OPAL Award

    for leadership and community service

    Fort Pierce, Fla. (March 7, 2019) – The original home-based travel agency Cruises Inc.® celebrates Women’s History Month in March by  honoring a female Cruises Inc. vacation specialist with the fifth annual OPAL Award for Women. The company has named Fort Pierce resident Denise Valente the 2019 recipient of this prestigious award.

    The OPAL Award recognizes a female Cruises Inc. travel agent who demonstrates Outstanding Performance And Leadership. The honoree is active in community and civic organizations, is among Cruises Inc.’s top selling agents and has exhibited strong business skills. Valente will receive $250 to be donated toward the non-profit of her choice.  

    “At Cruises Inc., caring is in our DNA and Denise’s activism within our travel agency network and her global humanitarian efforts are just a few reasons why Denise is a worthy recipient of the fifth annual Cruises Inc. OPAL Award,” said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of Cruises Inc.  

    Prior to becoming an independent vacation specialist, Valente dedicated her life to being a full-time volunteer in education and has traveled both nationally and abroad to help others in this regard. She has also been extensively involved in disaster relief efforts and volunteer construction projects locally and across the country. Her goals are to continue in her education work and to be available to volunteer for international disaster relief and construction projects as the need arises. In addition, in her community she has coordinated fundraisers for a childhood cancer survivor and is committed to supporting animal shelters and heart disease-related organizations.

    For more information or to book a land or sea vacation with Denise Valente at Cruises Inc. please call 772-333-1136 or visit www.ValenteAdventures.com.  

    About Cruises Inc.® 

    In operation since 1982, Cruises Inc.® is the original work-from-home travel agency business opportunity. With an A-rating from the Better Business Bureau, Cruises Inc. has independent vacation specialists nationwide who create seamless vacation experiences, whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour, with the support of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.CruisesInc.com.