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Encore & Royal Caribbean: It’s “Perfect Timing”

Strong Dollar, Lower Fares, Great Air Offers

“Selling cruises is the only thing we do, so we do it well,” says Amr Younes, Vice President of the Cruise Division at Thomas Cook North America, a part of the company led by the specialists at Encore Cruises, which sells exclusively through travel agents.

“Selling cruises is the only thing we do, so we do it well,” says Amr Younes

Amr Younes
V.P. of the Cruise Division
Thomas Cook North America

Encore Cruises sells a wide range of cruise products, but Younes says Royal Caribbean is its biggest partner, and that there’s a good reason for that: “Royal Caribbean is the most innovative company to work with – and to sail with.”

Younes says a number of factors have come together in 2013 to make it “perfect timing” to get your clients on a European cruise this year.

“The average selling price is lower than last year,” says Younes. “The dollar is strong. And while air has been a stumbling block in the past couple of years, we’ve got great offers with the European carriers to match all departures Royal Caribbean has in the Med and Europe.”


As well as the air offers, Encore and Royal Caribbean have teamed up for a couple of promotions designed to drive cruisers to your doors. Here are two current offers:

  • Europe Is Calling: Clients receive a complimentary cell phone including one hour of talk time when booking a 2013 European sailing in a balcony stateroom or higher with Royal Caribbean International.
  • March Europe Sale: Choose between two great offers from Encore and Royal Caribbean. Receive up to a $400 onboard credit on select 2013 Europe sailings or book a balcony or suite on select fall transatlantic sailings and enjoy a free Premium Beverage Package.

  Air & Sea Simplified

Encore works with over 70 airline partners and offers convenient service from 33 Canadian gateways: Abbotsford, Calgary, Charlottetown, Comox, Deer Lake/Corner Brook, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Fredericton, Grande Prairie, Halifax, Hamilton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Kitchener/Waterloo, London, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Prince George, Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John , St. John's, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Windsor, Winnipeg and Yellowknife.

The cruise specialist has pre-selected hundreds of flight combinations, enabling clients to arrive at their destination as quickly and economically as possible. You'll receive immediate confirmation at the time the cruise booking is made, and confirmed seat assignments are offered wherever available.

As well, Encore Cruises’ air specialists are happy to custom-design flight itineraries.

“As always, Encore is here to help travel counsellors produce more cruise sales, and ensure clients sail away with the best possible cruise at the best possible fare,” says Younes.

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