Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran, picking a cruise is a huge decision.
Of course, price and affordability will have some sway.
But more often than not, that decision comes down to your hopes and expectations – and having some knowledge of the industry.
A knowledge of what’s good value. A knowledge of the best deals, the best ships. A knowledge of the different sights, sounds, smells that will vary depending on the vast array of cruise itineraries out there.
But navigating those options unguided, let alone knowing where to start, can be shrouded in mystery and can feel like a roll of the dice.
That’s why a fleet of 14 Cruise Boutique stores have opened in Australia, allowing customers to pick the collective brains of hundreds of years of cruising experience.
Premium leisure brand Travel Associates is behind the concept, which allows customers to call in for expert cruise advice and insider knowledge from those who know better than anyone.
Between them, the stores’ advisers boast industry-leading intel on ocean, river and expedition cruises from numerous premium partners, based on their personal knowledge and firsthand experience.
Guided by an average of 10 years in the travel industry, Cruise Boutique advisers have spent hundreds of nights at sea.
Between them, they boast 650 cruises and 7,120 nights on board cruise ships.
The professional background of these advisers reads like a whos-who of the luxury cruise industry.
Many of them are past and present CLIA masters or ambassadors, Princess Commodores and alumni of training programs from HAL, Regent, Uniworld, Silversea Academy, Seabourn Academy and RCL – just to name a few.
“I am incredibly proud of our team of advisers within this specialisation,” says Flight Centre Travel Group General Manager of Premium Leisure Brands, Danielle Galloway.
“Rather than ‘armchair’ cruisers, these experts live cruise. They are passionate, knowledgeable and spend their own holidays cruising, not to mention the ship inspections, conferences and accreditation they undergo to hone their skills,” she says.
They are “the most experienced cruise advisers in Australia”, Galloway claims.
What’s more, Travel Associates are continually working with their industry partners on sailings specifically designed for them and their customers, in addition to having access to the newest ships and extra benefits for travellers.
There are “new ships, new ports and new cruise destinations coming online continually,” Galloway says.
To find out more, get in touch with Travel Associates.
Call 13 57 20 or call into your nearest Travel Associates Cruise Boutique to discuss your next cruise adventure.
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