Today I completed the Jamaica Travel Specialist program, A One Love Rewards Program. I’ve been to Jamaica several times: JamaicaJamaica twice (now called Breezes Runaway Bay), Hedonism III (now called Royal Decameron Fun Caribbean), Couples Sans Souci, Couples Tower Isle, and Couples Negril.
In preparation for my Carnival Cruise on the Victory next week, I wanted to learn more about one of our scheduled ports of call, St. Kitts. Today I studied and passed the St. Kitts Agent Destination Specialist training course. My thanks to Travel Agent University and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. I’m especially interested in visiting the Reggae Beach Bar or maybe “The Strip” on Frigate Bay (the Monkey Bar or the Shiggidy Shack) and Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Although our visit is via cruise ship, I learned that St. Kitts is easily accessible from the USA via several major airlines. All flights arrive at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB), situated just 2 miles outside the historic capital city of Basseterre. American Airlines has daily non-stop flights from Miami and on Wednesday and Sundays from New York’s JFK. Delta flies non-stop from Atlanta on Saturdays. US Airways flies non-stop from Charlotte on Saturdays. Travelers can also connect on flights from San Juan on American Eagle.
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.