Grand Princess Based in San Francisco Year Round in 2013-2014
      By Michael Akana at May. 7. 2012. with Comments Off on Grand Princess Based in San Francisco Year Round in 2013-2014
      Posted in: Cruises, Industry, Local

      Grand Princess will be based in San Francisco year-round in 2013 and 2014, offering Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii and West Coast cruises.   Jan Swartz, Executive Vice President of Princess Cruises states, “Princess has been cruising from San Francisco nearly as long as our company has been in operation, so we have a rich history with...

      Chase Ends SeaMiles Visa June 29, 2012
      By Michael Akana at May. 2. 2012. with Comments Off on Chase Ends SeaMiles Visa June 29, 2012
      Posted in: Cruises, Industry

      SeaMiles VISA follows SeaMiles Mastercard as Chase chooses not renew the SeaMiles program.   SeaMiles operated much like a frequent flyer program whereby SeaMiles Visa credit card holders would earn one mile for each dollar spent and SeaMiles Bonus Partners would fund an additional 3 bonus miles for every dollar spent on a cruise.  SeaMiles...

      Cruise3Sixty 2012–Experience, Commitment and Accessibility
      By Michael Akana at Apr. 27. 2012. with Comments Off on Cruise3Sixty 2012–Experience, Commitment and Accessibility

      Cruise3Sixty–April 28, 2012 Port Everglades, Broward County Convention Center   Cruise3Sixty continues to be the premier cruise travel conference offering travel agents training in  industry and supplier courses and onboard exposure to the CLIA fleet of cruise ships.  Cruise lines show their commitment to travel sales professionals offering not only training, promotions and targeted sales...

      Cruise3Sixty 2010–Vancouver Travel Trade Conference
      By Michael Akana at Jun. 6. 2010. with Comments Off on Cruise3Sixty 2010–Vancouver Travel Trade Conference
      Posted in: Cruises, Industry

        Cruise3Sixty is a sure bet conference, delivering the Wow-Factor with a great selection of workshops, panels, speakers, ships for inspection and entertainment.  The Cruise Lines International Association and Michael J. Pierson and Associates again hit it out of the ballpark.     CLIA has the conference planning down pat–registration, timing, ship inspections, program, acknowledgements,...

      Cruise-a-thon and Luxury Travel Show in Trouble
      By Michael Akana at Oct. 28. 2009. with Comments Off on Cruise-a-thon and Luxury Travel Show in Trouble
      Posted in: Cruises, Industry

      Cruise-a-thon by Travel Trade has been a great travel conference giving more of a travel agent perspective on the industry than  Cruise3Sixty.  Both events have provided opportunities for travel agents to get a hands-on experience on ships from several cruise lines in one weekend.  Now, it looks like Cruise-a-thon is in trouble.  The home page...


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