Cruise Strategies Partnering With Ponant For Retail Sales & Marketing Support

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Cruise Strategies Ltd. has announced their new partnership with Ponant, Cultural Cruises & Expeditions.

Ponant offers luxury cruises and expeditions in over 80 countries, touching all 7 continents and specializes in small-ship educational travel combining specially designed itineraries on themed voyages. Their fleet consists of purpose-built, small luxury cruise ships the 1st of which was launched in 2010 and the latest, Le Lyrial will launch this month.

Accommodating fewer than 264 guests, Cruise Strategies says that “Ponant ships are small enough to maintain the intimate ambiance of a private yacht, but large enough to provide all of the services and amenities that discerning travellers have come to expect". The size of the ships allows Ponant's guests to visit ports and places that are not accessible to larger cruise ships. Pricing is inclusive of all meals, open bar, gratuities, (expedition cruises include shore excursions via Zodiacs) and port fees & taxes.

Cruise Strategies' sales and marketing team will provide support to their broad network of retail travel agencies throughout Canada for Ponant initially in English speaking Canada only. Services include extensive sales and product training, support for group opportunities and group travel, webinars, promotional opportunities, co-operative ad campaigns and cruise and client event presentations as well as public relations and communications.

“We are extremely pleased with our new relationship with PONANT which commenced in early February. Their itineraries are excellent and diverse and their beautiful small yachts are perfectly positioned and in demand for the port collector clients of our retail partners. We have spent the last few months determining how we can best support this renowned cruise company and will be announcing various initiatives shortly to showcase the product and vessels to the Canadian retail professional", said Vanessa Lee, President & CEO of Cruise Strategies Ltd.

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