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Brisbane Cruise Agent Wins a Place at Avalon Illumination Launch

May 20, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Brisbane cruise agent Julia Casteleijn is packing her bags to head to Europe for the launch of Avalon Waterways’ latest river cruise ship, after winning a Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia promotion.

Ms Casteleijn, who works at Just Cruises, said she was stunned to hear that she’d won the Avalon prize after upgrading her CLIA Australasia accreditation. unnamed (27)

“I was just doing the right thing by getting more training and participating in ship inspections – I didn’t think I would be rewarded so much,” Ms Casteleijn said.

Announced by Avalon at the CLIA Australasia Cruise Awards evening in February, the special promotion gave every agent who earned or upgraded their CLIA accreditation between January 1 and March 31 the chance to win a place on Avalon Illumination’s christening cruise.

Avalon Illumination is the latest Suite Ship for Avalon Waterways.  It will be launched by Australian celebrity Deborah Hutton in Vienna on June 3 before cruising for three nights to Budapest.

Ms Casteleijn said the trip will be her first river cruise as well as her first naming ceremony.

“It’s going to be a beautiful cruise on a beautiful ship. Plus Vienna is my favourite city in the world, so I’m very excited,” she said.

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise association and is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry. CLIA is composed of more than 55 of the world’s major cruise lines and serves as a non-governmental consultative organisation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an agency of the United Nations.

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