LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT ACHIEVES EXPERT ‘CRUISE FUNOLOGIST’ CERTIFICATION FROM CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES
Hilliard, Ohio (January 9, 2012) – Gary Thatcher of Hilliard-based Island Time Travel has successfully completed Carnival Cruise Lines’ comprehensive new travel agent online training program, “CCL University,” earning a Bachelor’s of Fun degree as a Carnival sales specialist.
Launched earlier this year, the intensive Web-based course encompasses four distinct chapters, each focusing on different aspects of the world’s largest cruise operator and its various vacation products.
To earn this degree in Funology, Gary had to successfully master content related to such wide-ranging topics as the line’s 39-year history, new features on the fleet of “Fun Ships,”a broad selection of shipboard activities and entertainment, including the line’s popular youth programs, as well as creating group business opportunities within the local community. “The cruise industry is constantly evolving so it is critical that travel agents keep up-to-date on the wide variety of cruise offerings available. Carnival’s highly interactive and immersive training program was extremely effective and will enable me to help clients choose the cruise that’s right for them better than ever,” said Gary of Island Time Travel.
Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world with 23 “Fun Ships” operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The line recently debuted its newest ship, the 130,000-ton Carnival Magic, in Europe May 1, 2011. The new 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze is scheduled to enter service in June 2012.