Top Travel Agents Recognized During Awards Ceremony at 2018 Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruise Inc. National Conference

Dream Vacations Franchise - Franchise of the Year Award

Dream Vacations – Combs, Catalina & Associates recognized as Franchise of the Year and Cruises Inc. – Melissa Cohn named Cruises Inc. Agent of the Year

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (October 24, 2018) – It was a night of jubilation when Norwegian Cruise Line rolled out the red carpet aboard Norwegian Bliss at the annual National Conference awards ceremony for Cruises Inc.®, CruiseOne®, and Dream Vacations agents. Hosted by Drew Daly, general manager of network engagement and performance, and Joelle Delva, vice president of operations, the entertaining ceremony recognized top performers. The small screen was brought to the stage with their own travel rendition of classic TV game show Family Feud, featuring top executives from World Travel Holdings and cruise lines competing against each other

The evening was a celebration of accomplishments and a demonstration of gratitude. More than 100 agents were recognized for their achievements in sales, marketing, public relations, social media, IT and more, as well as for their dedication and commitment to serving the network on committees. Additionally, a record number of agents were inducted into the 2018 Circle of Excellence, the highest achievement for CruiseOne and Dream Vacations.

Under the leadership of franchise owner Susan Pretkus-Combs, Dream Vacations – Combs, Catalina & Associates of Trabuco Canyon, Calif. was recognized as the Dream Vacations Franchise of the Year, while Melissa Cohn of Dix Hills, N.Y. received the Cruises Inc. Agent of the Year award. In addition, the home-based travel agencies announced that Dream Vacations Franchise Owner Becky Piper was recognized as the third “Godmother of National Conference,” for her significant contributions to the network for the past 22 years. For the second year in a row, the home-based travel agencies awarded the Travel Partner Superhero Award to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the industry and is committed to supporting travel agents — this year’s honoree was Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways.  

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, like the Facebook page, follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise or watch its videos at For more information on Cruises Inc., visit and become a fan on Facebook at

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 To connect via social channels, please use the following social handles:  Twitter – @CruiseNorwegian, Instagram – norwegiancruiseline and Facebook – Norwegian Cruise Line.


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Rachel Shapiro, Public Relations Manager

Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations