As the U.S.-based adventure-luxe cruise brand Atlas Ocean Voyages prepares to open reservations in JAN for its first ship, World Navigator, the line has vowed to offer travel advisor-friendly policies and deliver “exemplary support.”
One step on that path came with the announcement of the hiring of two sales professionals. Alyssa Logan has been named Atlas Ocean Voyages’ Sales Manager for North America, West, while Richard Sims takes on the role of Sales Manager for North America, East.
“We are happy to welcome Alyssa and Richard to the Atlas Ocean Voyages’ team. They bring a wealth of experience and are committed to building strong relationships with our valued travel advisor community,” said the cruise line’s president Alberto Aliberti.
“We fully appreciate the indispensable role that travel advisors play in our success as a new adventure cruise brand. Therefore, we are committed to developing advisor-friendly policies and delivering exemplary support to ensure that our success is mutual,” added Brandon. “A premium, 100% commissionable voyage fare and commission on all optional items sold prior to departure are the core components of a generous and rewarding travel advisor program that Atlas plans on announcing at a later date.”
Logan is a 25-year industry veteran, having started her career aboard cruise ships as a Future Cruise Consultant, Shore Excursion Manager and Cruise Director for Seabourn Cruise Line, Cunard and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. She then transferred shoreside to work in sales for companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara, and most recently as Global Sales Director of MICE for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
Sims has also spent the majority of his more-than-25-year travel career in the cruise industry and brings extensive trade relationships to Atlas. He has worked for Norwegian Cruise Line and was named 2012 Sales Manager of the Year at Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruise Line. Most recently, Sims was Director of National Accounts East for Insight Vacations, where he was part of a team that achieved the highest sales in the company’s 40-year history.
Opening for reservation in Jan. 2020, the new brand’s first ship, the 200-pax World Navigator, will start sailing in 2021. In 2022 and 2023, World Navigator will be joined by sister- ships World Traveller, World Adventurer,World Seeker.
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