Royal Caribbean Group Offers Interest-Free Loans to Advisors

In a blessing for some agencies struggling on the edge of financial disaster, during a rough year, Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) announced Monday that it will “Pay it Forward” and provide up to $40 million in interest-free business loans to travel advisors in the new year. That’s up to $250,000 per agency, depending on specific circumstances. … Read more

TTC Launches New Travel Protection Programs With COVID-19

The Travel Corporation (TTC) has announced two new Travel Protection Plans that include COVID-19 coverage and a “Cancel For Any Reason” cash back benefit, giving guests an even more reason to confidently book and travel with any TTC brand.   These new features are part of TTC’s commitment to provide clients with peace of mind, knowing they will be protected … Read more

One-on-One With Brad Tolkin on Cruising, Travel Advisors and

As the Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. conference concluded late last week, Travel Agent talked one-on-one with Brad Tolkin, co-chairman, World Travel Holdings about the present and future for cruising, land vacations and travel advisors.  The European Experience  Can cruising restart safely and protect the safety of guests and crew? Tolkin cited Royal Caribbean Group’s (RCL) … Read more

SeaDream I Has COVID-19 Scare; Passengers Isolating in

SeaDream Yacht Club, which recently developed new health and safety protocols and a comprehensive, multiple-testing process, apparently has at least one COVID-19 (coronavirus) case onboard SeaDream I, which is sailing in the southern Caribbean this week. Gene Sloan, a senior reporter for cruise and travel at The Points Guy, was aboard the ship. Guests onboard the … Read more

Dream Vacations, CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. Conference Goes

More than 800 travel advisors from Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. are virtually attending the 2020 Vision Conference this week. Originally scheduled to unfold on Celebrity Apex, the four-day conference for the World Travel Holdings brands is now streaming into home offices and workplaces. “As the week unfolds, attendees will be inspired to control their destiny and vision … Read more

AmaWaterways Suspends Remainder of 2020 Global River Cruises

AmaWaterways has suspended its remaining 2020 river cruise season including all regularly scheduled departures in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The line said in a press statement that it expects to resume sailing in spring 2021 as long as international travel restrictions are lifted and guests can travel safely. One exception? This suspension does not apply to … Read more

Holland America’s New President Gus Antorcha Charts A Course

Sailing the world since 1873, Holland America Line has a storied history but for 2020, much is new. Most notably, the premium line has a new president: Gus Antorcha, the former COO of Carnival Cruise Line. So, what can travel advisors expect from Antorcha?  Acknowledging that “I’m still learning” about the brand, Antorcha told reporters at a Seatrade Cruise Virtual … Read more

Atlas Ocean Voyages Shares Ship Progress, Updates Trade

With nine months until launch, Atlas Ocean Voyages’ first ship, the new, 196-passenger World Navigator, has been “floated out” at the West Sea Viana Shipyard in Portugal. Now in wet dock, the small expedition ship is being outfitted with amenities and decor. Starting in July 2021, World Navigator will embark on seven- to 24-night itineraries in the Holy … Read more

Pent Up Travel Demand at an All-Time High, Says ASTA

For the past six months, the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) has participated in the 2020 Back to Normal Barometer study, an in-depth survey measuring public opinion and confidence in various industries and activities. In a sign of optimism for the travel industry, recent results indicate that despite a myriad of restrictions, travel demand … Read more

Global View: Affluent U.S. Travelers Anxious to Travel, New

The U.S. travel industry launched a major campaign recently with the clear message for Americans: It’s OK to start planning your next trip—whenever it may be. The “Let’s Go There” campaign extends into 2021 and is the result of an industry-wide collaboration of more than 75 businesses and organizations (think Marriott International, American Express and … Read more