NCL becomes first major cruise line to compensate travel advisors for non-commissionable fares
Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it will pay travel advisors commission on non-commissionable fares (NCFs), reservations booked outside of the 120-day window.
Commenting on the news, Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Harry Sommer said: "Our 'Partners First' philosophy remains top of mind, and our decision to pay commission on NCFs is further proof of our commitment to this community. We want our partners to thrive; we want to see their businesses grow all around the world."
Senior vice president of sales Todd Hamilton added: "Our travel partners are incredibly important to us and our business; it is a true partnership. Advisors know why NCL offers the best cruise experience at sea and when they can speak to our unique, bucket-list itineraries, one-of-a-kind 'Free at Sea' promotion and incredible 18-ship fleet with unparalleled onboard offerings, they are providing immense value to the business. We see this value and we wanted to reward our travel advisors like never before."
NCF payments will be effective on 1 January 2023 for reservations made outside of the final payment for cruises departing from 1 May 2023 onwards.
To be eligible for the commissions, travel agents will need to submit a marketing plan to Norwegian Central by 31 December 2022.
For more information, visit www.nclhltd.com