Weeklong National Conference continuing education program kicks off and sets sail to the Mexican Riviera
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (October 20, 2018) – Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest and most innovative ship, buzzed with excitement as Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®, one of the nation’s top travel agency networks as part of World Travel Holdings, kicked off its weeklong 2018 National Conference. The seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise departed today from Los Angeles, Calif., and sails to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas and will be home to 1,000 travel professionals as they immerse themselves in continuing their education to remain leaders in the industry.
Serving as the master of ceremonies and the host all week, General Manager of Network Engagement & Performance Drew Daly welcomed a packed house to the first general session of the week. The learning started before the ship set sail, with Camille Olivere, senior vice president of sales for Norwegian Cruise Line participating in an informative and engaging question and answer session moderated by World Travel Holdings Senior Vice President of Product & Operations David Crooks. They discussed how agents can benefit from selling Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea program and deployment changes in 2019.
“National Conference is the most rewarding and important continuing education opportunity we offer each year – providing our network of travel advisors with one-of-a-kind engaging workshops and unlimited networking opportunities with our headquarters team and travel industry executives, all while experiencing first-hand one of the newest cruise ships in the industry,” said Daly. “Our training and events team has perfected the art of blending fun with education so attendees can maximize their time at sea and get INSPIRED.”
Every year National Conference has a charitable component benefiting World Travel Holdings’ signature charity Make-A-Wish®, which grants wishes to children with critical illnesses. Emily White, Southern Florida events coordinator for Make-A-Wish, introduced attendees to the organization’s powerful mission and outlined the onboard fundraising opportunities available all week. These activities include a silent auction, Zumba at Sea presented by Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line granting attendees who make a donation exclusive access to the largest race track at sea for one night only.
The conference theme INSPIRE was selected by past conference participants and serves as motivation for attendees to take advantage of every opportunity presented to them throughout the week. The ultimate goal of a travel advisor is to inspire travel by using their knowledge to deliver a valuable service as they plan their clients dream vacation experiences, and at National Conference attendees will learn the latest industry insights on how they can inspire people to travel and see the world, while also sharing best practices and building stronger personal and professional relationships. Throughout the week, travel advisors will engage with each other, industry executives and more than 40 headquarters staff as they learn new techniques to take their business to the next level.
To follow the excitement this week aboard Norwegian Bliss, use the #InspireConference hashtag.
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About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®
Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® are part of World Travel Holdings, the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise opportunities give entrepreneurs a choice in how they want to brand their travel business, and Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those interested in selling all types of travel experiences whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value. For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise or watch its videos at www.youtube.com/DreamVacationsBusiness. For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.SellCruises.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellCruises.
About Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Bliss is the third ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class, featuring stand-out amenities, accommodations, dining and entertainment. This latest and most innovative ship is home to the Observation Lounge, a 3,500-square-foot social space which boasts 180-degree views; the largest competitive race track at sea; an open-air laser tag course; and an Aqua Park, with two multi-story waterslides, one of which extends over the edge of the ship and loops to the deck below. Norwegian Bliss also offers a variety of accommodations including luxurious suites in The Haven by Norwegian®, studio staterooms for solo travelers with virtual ocean views, and connecting staterooms ideal for large groups and families. Culinary enthusiasts can savor new exclusive specialty dining and bar concepts including the Texas smokehouse, Q, and Coco’s, a chocolate and sweet treats shop. Guests seeking world-class entertainment onboard can experience the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys; The Cavern Club where guests can enjoy their favorite songs from The Beatles; and original productions including Prohibition – The Musical and ¡Havana! To book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com. To connect via social channels, please use the following social handles: Twitter – @CruiseNorwegian, Instagram – norwegiancruiseline and Facebook – Norwegian Cruise Line.
Rachel Shapiro, Public Relations Manager
Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations