Norwegian Cruise Line has named South Florida-based Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, its 2016 Elite Agency of the Year. Cruise Planners was selected for this top honor based on their ongoing commitment to the success of Norwegian Cruise Line, their overall revenue, continued growth, and loyalty to Norwegian’s brand.
“As our partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line gets stronger each year, earning Elite Travel Agency of the Year is a proud accomplishment that showcases the relationship between Norwegian Cruise Line and Cruise Planners,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “Norwegian is committed to travel agent success through its Partners First initiative. We appreciate how the brand matches our goal of keeping veteran clients satisfied with superior customer service while reaching first-time cruisers through innovations. We are confident that next year will bring even more success for the incredible partnership between Norwegian Cruise Line and Cruise Planners.”
Norwegian Cruise Line also recognized the following travel partners in their respective categories:
Elite Partner of the Year: Cruise Planners
Marketing Partner of the Year: Travel Leaders Network (Vacation.com)
Consortia Partner of the Year: Signature Travel Network
ITP/Home Based Partner of the Year: Travel Planners International
Franchise Partner of the Year: Expedia CruiseShipCenters
Partner of the Year – Canada: Travel Professionals International
Partner of the Year – Western Region: Travel Leaders Lynnwood
Partner of the Year – Eastern Region: Cruises & Tours Unlimited
Breakout Partner of the Year: KHM
Online Partner of the Year: International Voyager
Tour Operator Partner of the Year: Cross Culture Tours
Wholesale/Tour Operator of the Year: Air Canada Vacations
CM&I Partner of the Year: Hospitality Performance Network Global
CM&I Breakout Partner of the Year: Entertainment Cruise Productions
CM&I Charter Partner of the Year: Landry & Kling Events at Sea
Norwegian also honored Jackie Friedman of Nexion, part of the Travel Leader’s Network, as the line’s Travel Agent Advocate of the Year, an award for individual contribution to the trade. A longtime ASTA supporter, Jackie is a strong advocate of the entire travel industry, leading one of the industry’s top host agencies.
“We congratulate all of the 2016 top travel partners and extend our sincere appreciation for their commitment, dedication and passion for the Norwegian Cruise Line brand,” said Camille Olivere, senior vice-president of sales for Norwegian Cruise Line. “Our highly-valued travel partners are the key to the ongoing success of Norwegian Cruise Line and we applaud them for all of their hard work in 2016.”
As a show of appreciation, Cruise Planners will receive one cruise for two guests in some of the most luxurious accommodations at sea, Norwegian’s exclusive ship-within-a-ship, The Haven by Norwegian®. All of the other winners will receive a seven-day cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship of their choosing.