Clia travel agent members will be able to develop their knowledge, visit ships, network and attend seminars at a Cruise360 event in Malta later this year.

The cruise trade association announced the three-day event will be held in Valetta during its annual conference in Portsmouth today.

Although the final schedule is being confirmed, delegates attending the second Cruise360 event to be staged in Europe will be able to board Holland America Line’s Koningsdam or Regent Seven Seas’ Voyager vessel.

In the evening on October 28, delegates will attend a gala dinner with entertainment.


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The next day, there will be a networking trade fair followed by a chance to see Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises’ first Edge-series ship, which launched last year.

Delegates will have the option to fly home or stay another night so they can visit Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Pursuit.

Andy Harmer, Clia UK & Ireland director, said: “Clia understands the importance for travel agents to experience cruise destinations and new ships first-hand so they can confidently sell cruise and get even more people choosing to book this type of holiday.

“Malta is a growing cruise destination and its Unesco World Heritage capital is a real gem of a city.

“Delegates will not only have the chance to immerse themselves in this beautiful and historic cruise port with this special Cruise360 event, they will also be able to visit up to three luxury cruise ships and hear from experts both inside and outside the industry.”

Clia also announced during the conference that a second 2019 event will be held specifically for Clia Irish travel agents, which will include a ship visit and trade event.

The Dublin Cruise Showcase will take place in Dublin on Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess on September 13.

Registration for Cruise360 and the Dublin Cruise Showcase opens on May 22 and is available to all Clia travel agents in Europe.

Visit www.cruiseexperts.org for more information.

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