Thursday, July 23, 2015

"Distinctive Voyages"


A "Distinctive Voyage" is a cruise sailing that has the added value and benefit of select amenities. These amenities include a private cocktail reception with hot canapés and open bar, an exclusive shore event and the services of a "Distinctive Voyages" Host on board. 
The best part is that there is no additional charge! 

I bet you're thinking, "This sounds too good to be true! Who pays for these added amenities anyway?"
You can thank your travel agent and the travel agency he/she works for, because that agency is a member of the largest travel marketing consortium in North America.

Keep in mind that not all travel agencies are members. However, there are over 1,000 North American travel agencies with about 400 "Distinctive Voyages Hosts" that are members. With over 300 "Distinctive Voyages" sailing the high seas to seven continents each year, I'm sure that there a sailing to put on your bucket list.


"Distinctive Voyages" Hosts are hand-selected, well traveled, extremely qualified members who take time away from their busy schedules and travel agencies to help with the program. On board they assist with client's questions and such things, as locating lost luggage, suggesting off-the-beaten-path experiences, providing translators when needed, etcetera. Essentially, they are your on board contact.

Although "Distinctive Voyage" hosts are also travel agents, they will never hand out their business card or promote their own agency to the clients of other agencies on board. Instead, they will endorse the "Distinctive Voyages" program and the travel agency who booked their cruise.


Early in the cruise, a personalized invitation will be delivered to your stateroom announcing the time and date of the private cocktail reception. The Cocktail reception is usually held at a private venue on board between 5:00pm - 6:00pm on the second day. It is an informal gathering with complimentary drinks and canapés. Your attendance is not mandatory, but it is a way to get personally acquainted with the "Distinctive Voyages" Host and meet other VIP guests. During the reception, the Host will also give you exciting details about the Exclusive Shore Event.


The exclusive shore event/shore excursion, is guided by local experts. The specially-chosen shore event is not a tour that you can purchase at the shore excursion office on board but is an excursion that reveals the true nature of the people and places that you will be visiting, to help connect to the culture in a personal and unforgettable way. This shore event is only available to the members of the "Distinctive Voyages" group and are generally much smaller in size than the shore excursions purchased on board.

The following sailings are a couple of "Distinctive Voyages" that I will be hosting soon. 
It would be a pleasure to have you in my group!

Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Date: October 2, 2015
Itinerary: 13-Night Spain & Portugal
Exclusive Shore Event: 
Lisbon and Beyond - Wine at Fonseca, Arrabida Countryside & Lisbon Orientation

Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Date: January 3, 2016
Itinerary: 14-Night Argentina & Chile
Exclusive Shore Event: 

Contact: Wendy McDonald
Email: wlmcdonald@shaw.ca

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