Inside Classic Vacations’ New Cruise Offerings
September 22, 2016
By: Joe Pike
As part of Travel Agent’s recent coverage of Classic Vacations’ STAR Performers event in Maui, Hawaii, Travel Agent got the skinny on the tour operator’s new “Pre- and Post-Cruise Program” as well as its new “Scenic River Cruises” offerings.
Advisors can now easily book pre-bundled land packages, which are available in 80 major port cities, to add to their cruise bookings and earn higher commissions. A broad portfolio of hotels and tours, with Classic’s new insurance product to cover it all, aims to be a game changer for agents.
The newest addition to Classic Europe’s product portfolio, “Scenic River Cruises,” provides an all-inclusive experience aimed at affluent clients. Advisors earn full commission when booking these cruises with Classic.
Earlier this year, Scenic announced its new partnership with Classic. Classic Vacations has said that Scenic’s new Space-Ships and inclusive fares were factors in the decision.
The partnership with Classic Vacations continues the expansion of the Scenic brand in North America, started four years ago. Scenic said it has seen North American sales increases in triple digits year over year.
Inclusions on Scenic fares range from personalized service with a low guest to staff ratio, unlimited beverages (including premium wines and spirits), all meals at any of six dining options, and personal butler service, to all excursions, events and entertainment; from Wi-Fi and airport transfers to all tipping and gratuities on board and ashore.
On-board river highlights and on-shore experiences have an included Scenic Tailormade handheld GPS guided tour system provided to every guest. Every ship includes the line’s Sun Lounge technology – where the walkout open-air balcony can convert to an all-weather lounge, expanding the living area of the stateroom.
Scenic offers escorted tours in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas and elsewhere.
The STAR Performers event was held from Sept. 15-18 at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.