First In A Series Of Cruise Planners Educational Seminars A Huge Success

On Thursday February 21st, cruise experts Mike and Diana Bogart of Cruise Planners hosted the first in a series of educational seminars featuring Azamara and Celebrity Cruises at the Holiday Inn Airport and Convention Center.

The evening began with a hearty welcome to valued clients and distinguished guests followed by an introduction of the Cruise Planners team consisting of Sandy Feldman (Associate), Judith Loesch (Business Development Manager), and Shari Schleis of Splash Marketing (Director of Marketing).

Ann Clark, District Sales Manager of Celebrity Cruises, got the cruise night experience started with the introduction of Azamara Cruises, a recent entry into the cruise industry. Azamara is a deluxe cruise experience for discerning travelers who long to reach out-of-the-ordinary destinations. Unique offerings like butler service in every stateroom, shore excursions designed to let guests become part of the fabric of life in each destination, and enrichment programs that offer everything from culinary to photographic explorations are some of Azamara’s highlights. With each ship carrying up to 694 guests, Azamara makes it possible to discover the hidden corners of the world that larger cruise ships simply cannot reach. Plus, 93% of the staterooms offer ocean views and 68% have a private veranda.

The second presentation of the evening unveiled the new ship-class of Celebrity Cruises; the Solstice-class which is currently being built by Meyer Werft Shipbuilders in Papenburg, Germany. In an extraordinary effort to design and build a ship that is client-friendly, Celebrity Cruises engaged a panel of five "Celebrity's Leading Ladies" consisting of a frequent cruiser, a travel agent, a travel writer, a hotelier and a lady that was “considering” a cruise, to give their collective insights and recommendations relative to the stateroom design. Results show the improved stateroom flow, made possible by a larger stateroom size and Celebrity's new interlocking technology. In an industry first, Celebrity Solstice will feature an adjoining stateroom design with a double set of doors, allowing guests to open up the space for families or friends traveling together. Additionally the Leading Ladies’ influence can be seen in a unique class of veranda staterooms called AquaClass; an oceanside retreat created for guests who are most passionate about pampering and spa amenities.

The 3-part series of educational cruise nights continues on April 3rd with a presentation on Norwegian Cruise Line and the final presentation on May 22nd with an introduction to Amadeus Waterways that will focus on river cruises in Europe. Both presentations will be held at the Holiday Inn Airport and Convention Center from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. For more information and to reserve your seat call 843.695.0750 or email [email protected].

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