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Cruise Rendering of the Vista Suite on board Oceania Cruises' Sirena. Innovation on the High Seas caption........ "find out what [clients have] done on previous vacations, and use that to sell them on cruising. Telling them about my experiences helps a lot because I sell from my heart and not just from the brochure." Setting Sail Of those new 52 ocean-going ships debuting through 2022, there are several coming onto the scene this year, all offering a plethora of innovative experiences both on board and on shore. The 930-passenger Viking Sea, which set sail last month as Viking Ocean Cruises' second ship, for instance, offers destinationfocused cruises that allow passengers to delve more deeply into a destination with more time in port. Passengers can cook with a countess in Venice, go on a deep-sea raft adventure in Norway, or tag along for a beer adventure in Denmark. Coming in early 2017 is Viking Ocean Cruises' third ship, Viking Sky. Also debuting last month was Holland America's 2,650-guest Koningsdam, the first ship in the line's Pinnacle-class and offering an array of options for passengers, including interactive culinary experiences, Family Oceanview staterooms, as well as Single staterooms, and the line's Music Walk, with Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King's Blues Club/Queen's Lounge and Billboard Onboard. "A lot of people think Holland America is for the older clientele, yet with the addition is an extreme " There level of craftsmanship " 24 million. That's how many people are expected to cruise this year. That's 1 million more than last year. Ships? There are plenty of them to accommodate that number of passengers and many more-in fact, there are 52 new ocean-going CLIA ships on order between 2016 and 2022. And, according to CLIA's 2016 Cruise Industry Outlook, eight out of 10 CLIA-member travel agents stated they are expecting an increase in sales in 2016 over last year. Who should you home in on? Those baby boomers and millennials, at least according to a study conducted by MMGY Global, whose findings were released during Seatrade in March. That study revealed that out of the 2,800 households surveyed-ages 18 and over-48 percent of the respondents were interested in taking a cruise in the next two years, and of those, 34 percent were boomers, while 32 percent were millennials. Keep in mind, though, even with the myriad cruise line offerings in the marketplace, this same survey revealed that only 11 percent of U.S. leisure travelers had taken a cruise in the last 12 months. That's a whole lot of first-timers waiting to dive into the market, and with 27 percent of those surveyed saying they'd use the services of a travel agent in the next 12 months, there's a whole lot of opportunity out there for you. In fact, CruiseOne franchise owner Shirley Melachrinoudis recommends travel agents Paloma Villaverde de Rico throughout the [Seven Seas Explorer]. Jason Montague, COO & President, Regent Seven Seas Cruises of family rooms and solo cabins, I believe this line will be a great fit for multigenerational families," Melachrinoudis points out. For the summer, Koningsdam will be homeporting in Amsterdam, sailing a series of northern Europe and Baltic cruises before returning to the Mediterranean in September. Late April saw the unveiling of Oceania Cruises' Sirena, which underwent a transformative $40 million refurbishment before her inaugural voyage in Barcelona. Known for its culinary innovations, Oceania Cruises has introduced two new cuisine offerings on board the Sirena, including Tuscan Steak, and the Grand Dining Room's transformation into Jacques Bistro during lunch, serving classic French fare. Innovative experiences such as SkyRide, a suspended cycling attraction, the first IMAX Theatre at sea, a 455-ft.-long water slide called Kaleid-o-slide-the longest in may 2016 39

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: On the Waterfront
Tour Talk: A Peek at Our Peaks
All-Inclusives: Raising the Bar
Onsite Review: Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Scene
Onsite Review: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Onsite Review: Iberostar Playa Mita
Onsite Review: Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
Hotel and Experience Pairings
New Properties Beckon
Onsite Review: Cambodia
Southern Africa’s New Enticements
Onsite Review: Rail Europe
New Frontiers in Travel
Innovation on the High Seas
Mountain Resort Vacations
What’s New in Orlando
Onsite Review: Escape to Discovery Cove
Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program–Family Course

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