Celebrity Cruises will invite 200 agents on Celebrity Edge’s two-night sailing from Southampton next year.

The line had initially planned to invite 100, but has doubled the number so more frontline agents can see the 2,900-passenger ship.

The two-night sailing, called Festival of Edge, will depart from Southampton on May 13, 2019.

To earn a stateroom for two, agents need to make as many Celebrity bookings as possible between August 30 and November 14 and register them on Celebrity Rewards.

Inside and oceanview bookings will earn 500 points; balcony and concierge bookings will earn 1,000 points; and agents who make AquaClass and Suite Class bookings will bag 2,000 points. Agents with the most points will win a place on the sailing.

The line has released a range of incentives to help agents increase bookings. These include a free classic drinks package, worth more than £690; savings of up to £600 per stateroom; discounted flights; and 50% savings and free soft drinks for third and fourth guests.

Celebrity is also providing agents with marketing materials including a new selling guide featuring key itineraries, savings, extras and top selling tips.

Director of sales Claire Stirrup said: “I want as many agents from the UK and Ireland on this sailing as I can get. Our competitors have had their chance by launching their own ships, now it’s our turn.”

Forty senior figures from leading cruise agencies have been invited to visit the ship at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Nantes, France, on September 13.

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