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Agents Invited to Attend Exclusive GLP Seminar at Sea
Learn and Cruise On Board Hurtigruten's Most Beautiful Voyage

TORONTOWhat better way to learn about the "World's Most Beautiful Voyage" then experiencing first hand on board sailing through Norway's majestic coastline.  GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours is the Canadian representative for Hurtigurten, the leading cruise line for Norway, Antarctica, Greenland and Iceland.   Experience not only Norway on board the MS Minatsol but learn about many other fantastic cruise and land products GLP Worldwide offers.   

"The best way to showcase Norway and Hurtigruten's ships to agents is to actually have them on board the ship to see the quality and service level and activities that are available for passengers," explained Alan Law, GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours' director of sales and marketing.

Beginning high above the Arctic Circle in Kirkenes, the cruise will sail down along the fjord filled coast of Norway calling on exquisite ports of call including Trondheim – Norway's first Capital, the North Cape, and finishing in the beautiful Hanseatic port of Bergen.

Agents who attend the familiarization trip and seminar will learn all about Norway as well GLP Worldwide's product offerings.   Agents will be shown valuable sales methods to help them earn the highest commissions, participate in comprehensive product presentations, destination familiarization, sales and marketing workshops and understand how to improve their revenue performance with GLP Worldwide.

Fam Trip Date:   April 8-17, 2015  (Sailing April 11-16, 2015)

Participation fee: CAD $1,199.00 per person based on twin sharing ($399 single supplement)

Register online: at http://www.glpworldwide.com/travel-agents/fam-trips/ by March 6th, 2015. Or contact Justine Morgan jmorgan@glpworldwide.com

CLIA certification - The MS Midnatsol is operated by Hurtigruten, ASA and the ship is registered in Norway.  Sailing on this vessel may meet a shipboard qualification for CLIA certification.  Please check with CLIA regarding your own status regarding training requirements.

Transfers:
Included transfers are based on flight schedules as booked by GLP.

Terms: As space is limited, only selected agencies will qualify for this event. All participants will be selected at GLP's discretion. Payment in full is due once qualified agents have been selected.  Airfare is confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Price and availability will be subject to change. Seminar at Sea costs are nonrefundable. Airfare option is nonrefundable. Proof of trip cancellation insurance and out of country medical insurance is required

To reserve your spot for this seminar at sea, please visit: http://www.glpworldwide.com/travel-agents/fam-trips/

SPECIAL BONUS*:

Hurtigruten has a fleet of 13 ships that provide you cruising comfort, exceptional service, and go beyond traditional cruising by offering itineraries and journeys that get close to environments, wildlife and local people in the most remote parts of the world.   

GLP Worldwide is a specialist in niche and small ship cruising and covers the world from the North Pole to Antarctica with a variety of culturally inspired journeys that suit all budgets and interests.  GLP Worldwide offers cruise and land packages in Asia, India, Africa, Antarctica, Greenland, Norway, Europe and the North Pole. 

GLP Worldwide represents the following cruise and land products:  AMA Waterways, Fred. Olsen Cruises, Barging, Hurtigruten, Luftner Cruises, Variety Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd.    GLP also organizes many China, Orient, South American and North Pole packages and tours.
GLP Worldwide makes available to retail travel agencies a variety of Canadian dollar priced brochures at Envoy.  Please visit www.envoynetworks.ca  to order.  For large quantities please contact us directly via telephone toll-free at (866) 760-1987, visit our website at  www.glpworldwide.com or email us at sales@glpworldwide.com.

For further information and/or images, please contact:

Chris Ryall
Canadian Public Relations Representative
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (416) 854-6582
chris@travelmarketingexperts.com

Alan Law
Director of Sales & Marketing                                 
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours     
Tel: (905) 258-7778   Ext. 247                                   
alaw@glpworldwide.com     


GREENLAND BECKONS WITH SPECIAL HURTIGRUTEN VOYAGE
Renowned Climate Change Expert Professor Jason Box Leads Expedition

TORONTO - Greenland and the Arctic are the last frontier for many travellers.  It is also a destination which leading scientists around the world seek information as what happens in that part of the world has huge effects on climate, water levels in the rest of the world.   GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours which represents Hurtigruten in Canada is offering a rare passenger opportunity to be part of an expedition with Professor Jason Box, a world renowned expert in climate change.   This Arctic and Greenland expedition will be a 12-day voyage exploring Northwest Greenland and the Arctic on Hurtigruten’s MS Fram.  Hurtigruten is a leader in voyages to Europe, Spitsburgen, Greenland and Antarctica.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only explore in depth Greenland but be a part of a scientific expedition some consider the world’s leading expert on climate change,” said Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours.

The 12-day Greenland: Climate and Ice voyage begins June 23, 2015 and eligible for special pricing from $8,635.00 CAD per person based on double occupancy for an Inside Cabin.  Passengers will fly from Reykjavik, Iceland to the main gateway in Greenland, Kangerlussuaq.   Passengers will embark the MS Fram ship in Kangerlussuaq.  Passengers have the opportunity to participate in the collection of scientific data from an operating weather station and go back on board to learn what the results show.

The expedition primarily goes to the Disko Bay area which offers passengers amazing sights and experiences.  Cultural interaction and understanding about life in the north is the focus on these voyages.   The MS Fram is especially designed for polar waters and can accommodate 318 passengers.

Highlights for Greenland : Climate and Ice Expedition:

For complete pricing, terms and conditions and a full itinerary please visit this link:  http://www.hurtigruten.com/us/explorer-voyages/about-explorer1/greenland-climate-and-ice/ or go to www.glpworldwide.com for more information.

GLP Worldwide has produced a comprehensive 2015/16 Explorer Voyages 126-page brochure featuring cruises to Antarctica, Greenland, Spitsbergen and Europe.   The brochure features spectacular photography and provides detailed itineraries, ship layout, pricing, terms and conditions but also some useful information on the history and culture of the area.   All pricing for both brochures is done in Canadian dollar pricing making it easier for the travel agent and consumer to calculate costs.  

Hurtigruten has a fleet of 13 ships that provide you cruising comfort, exceptional service, and go beyond traditional cruising by offering itineraries and journeys that get close to environments, wildlife and local people in the most remote parts of the world.   
GLP Worldwide is a specialist in niche and small ship cruising and covers the world from the North Pole to Antarctica with a variety of culturally inspired journeys that suit all budgets and interests.  GLP Worldwide offers cruise and land packages in Asia, India, Africa, Antarctica, Greenland, Norway, Europe and the North Pole. 

GLP Worldwide represents the following cruise and land products:  AMA Waterways, Fred. Olsen Cruises, Barging, Hurtigruten, Luftner Cruises, Variety Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd.    GLP also organizes many China, Orient, South American and North Pole packages and tours.

GLP Worldwide makes available to retail travel agencies a variety of Canadian dollar priced brochures at Envoy.  Please visit www.envoynetworks.ca  to order.  For large quantities please contact us directly via telephone toll-free at (866) 760-1987, visit our website at  www.glpworldwide.com or email us at sales@glpworldwide.com.

For further information and/or images, please contact:

Chris Ryall
Canadian Public Relations Representative
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (416) 854-6582
chris@travelmarketingexperts.com

 Alan Law
Director of Sales & Marketing
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (905) 258-7778 Ext. 247
alaw@glpworldwide.com


SPRING HAS SPRUNG ON HURTIGRUTEN’S NORWAY VOYAGES
Savings up to 40% - Must book February 2-6, 2015

TORONTO - It may still be winter but spring is just around the corner.  GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours, the Canadian representative for Hurtigruten, is launching again the “Norway Five-Day Sale.”  The special sale runs from February 2-6, 2015 with fare reductions up to 40% off standard prices on its award-winning 6, 7, 11 and 12-day Classic Coastal Voyages sailings during the months of April, May and June.

“Classic Coastal Voyages are extremely popular cruises and this is a fantastic opportunity to see Norway in the spring while saving significantly,” said Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours. 

A 6-day Classic Coastal Voyage is priced from $1,630.00 CAD per person based on double occupancy for an inside cabin (Cruise only price).  It is open for pre-sale January 27-February 1, 2015.  Agents need to mention booking code FS10.   Not combinable with April promotion and Maintenance Sailings Promotion.   Save 10% on the spring voyages but you can save up to 40% with other previously announced discounts and early booking discounts.  All April departures are eligible for free excursions.  Please contact GLP Worldwide for full details and terms and conditions. 

Spring offers a diverse range of options for guests taking Hurtigruten’s Coastal Voyage –three seasons can be experienced in April with the most optional activities available; the colourful May 17 National Day celebrations ; or the explosion of life and natural beauty along the Norway coast during the June sailing period.

The incredible diversity of ports offers Hurtigruten’s guests a wealth of experiences and an ever-changing landscape of small fishing villages in the rugged Lofoten Islands; Art Nouveau Ålesund, the medieval Viking capital of Trondheim; and Norway's “Paris of the North,” Tromsø. A variety of new excursions include hikes, whale watching, guided cycling trips, kayaking, an evening trot under the midnight sun on gentle Icelandic horses and more.

The diversity of ports offers Hurtigruten’s guests a wealth of experiences and an ever-changing landscape of small fishing villages in the rugged Lofoten Islands; Art Nouveau Ålesund, the medieval Viking capital of Trondheim; and Norway's “Paris of the North,” Tromsø. Excursions include hikes, whale watching, guided cycling trips, kayaking and an evening trot under the midnight sun on gentle Icelandic horses and more.

GLP Worldwide has produced a comprehensive 2015/16 Explorer Voyages 126-page brochure featuring cruises to Antarctica, Greenland, Spitsbergen and Europe.   The brochure features spectacular photography and provides detailed itineraries, ship layout, pricing, terms and conditions but also some useful information on the history and culture of the area.   All brochure pricing is done in Canadian dollar pricing making it easier for the travel agent and consumer to calculate costs.

Hurtigruten has a fleet of 13 ships that provide you cruising comfort, exceptional service, and go beyond traditional cruising by offering itineraries and journeys that get close to environments, wildlife and local people in the most remote parts of the world.

GLP Worldwide is a specialist in niche and small ship cruising and covers the world from the North Pole to Antarctica with a variety of culturally inspired journeys that suit all budgets and interests.  GLP Worldwide offers cruise and land packages in Asia, India, Africa, Antarctica, Greenland, Norway, Europe and the North Pole.

GLP Worldwide represents the following cruise and land products:  AMA Waterways, Fred. Olsen Cruises, Barging, Hurtigruten, Luftner Cruises, Variety Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd.    GLP also organizes many China, Orient, South American and North Pole packages and tours.

GLP Worldwide makes available to retail travel agencies a variety of Canadian dollar priced brochures at Envoy.  Please visit www.envoynetworks.ca  to order.  For large quantities please contact us directly via telephone toll-free at (866) 760-1987, visit our website at  www.glpworldwide.com or email us at sales@glpworldwide.com.

For further information and/or images, please contact:

Chris Ryall
Canadian Public Relations Representative
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (416) 854-6582
chris@travelmarketingexperts.com

 Alan Law
Director of Sales & Marketing
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (905) 258-7778 Ext. 247
alaw@glpworldwide.com


VARIETY CRUISES INTRODUCES SIX NEW CRUISE
ITINERARIES FOR 2015/16

January 7, 2015

TORONTO - Cruise lovers will be interested in six new cruise itineraries being offered in 2015 and 2016.  GLP Worldwide is the Canadian representative for Variety Cruises.  The new cruise itineraries will sail in the Red Sea, the Greek Isles & Turkey, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Archipelago and in Madagascar and its Mozambique Channel Islands. Based in Athens, Greece, Variety Cruises is a family owned cruise and yacht business that offers cruises to Cuba, Costa Rica and Panama, Greece, Italy and Malta, Seychelles, West Africa and Cape Verde.    

“We are thrilled that Variety Cruises has expanded their cruise programmes to destinations Canadians have shown tremendous interest in visiting “said Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours.  “These are all exciting and culturally enriching areas, “added Law.

New 2015 – 2016 Cruise Programs

Greece & Turkey

Aegean Mosaic cruise on the 72-passenger Mega-Yacht Variety Voyager.

The 7-night/ 8-day cruise program departing from Istanbul, Turkey to Athens, Greece or reverse, will discover cosmopolitan Santorini and Mykonos and the off-the beaten track Greek Islands of Patmos and Samos, all the way to the fabled Greco-roman cities of Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus. As for our intimate shore excursions and life on board, we are offering six optional excursions, but we still left time for three swim stops off the swimming platform of the M/Y Variety Voyager, or at remote beaches of the most amazing locations in the Aegean Sea.

Sailing dates: August & October 2015 | July – August 2016

Spain

The Canary Islands Discovery on the 49-passenger Motor Yacht Harmony V

The 7-night/ 8-day cruise program offers dual embarkation, departing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or from South Tenerife. Guests will explore Gran Canaria, cosmopolitan Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Palma or Isla Bonita. The beauty of Fuerteventura and the small and quaint island of la Gomera will enchant the guest’s senses. Exotic colours everywhere, as all the islands are volcanic, green lush flora and turquoise seas, all awaiting to be discovered during the best period to visit the 10-island archipelago.  Sailing dates: December 2015 – March 2016

The Red Sea

Two new cruise itineraries in the Red Sea will debut in 2016 on the 42-passenger Motor yacht Harmony G. The Kings and Pharaohs cruise from Suez, Egypt to Aqaba, Jordan or reverse and theSplendours of the Red Sea roundtrip cruise from Hurghada, Egypt, two equally fascinating 6-night/7-day cruises will showcase the history and cultural diversity of Egypt and Jordan and the underwater treasures of the Red Sea. Some of the highlights include Luxor, the ancient land of gods and Pharaohs and home to the Valley of the Kings, and the Karnak and Luxor temples, St. Catherine’s Monastery atop Mt. Sinai.  Sailing dates: January – March 2016

Cape Verde Archipelago

The Islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago cruise on the 49-passenger Motor Yacht Harmony V

Is a 7-night/ 8-day island hopping cruise program unravelling the intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage and welcoming locals. Being blessed with a pleasant year-round climate, the archipelago offers a diverse range of landscapes from verdant mountain ranges, lush hills and jungles to explore, to volcanic landscapes or wide deserted beaches. Sailing date: 18 November 2015

Madagascar and its Mozambique Channel islands cruise.

The 9-night/10-day itinerary on the 44-passenger Motor Yacht Pegasus will show North West Madagascar in a way no land tour or cruise has done so before:The Madagascar mainland portion of the itinerary includes the magnificent Diego Suarez Bay, the Ankarana Park and Amber Mountain. The itinerary also includes a island hopping portion reaching  the most beautiful islands in the Mozambique channel such as Hara, Mitsio, Komba, Sakatia, Iranji and last but not least Nosy Be.  The program embarks from Nosy Be or from Diego Suarez and there will be a Madagascar Specialist Guide onboard. Sailing Dates: July 2015

GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours, Canada's leader in niche cruise products, makes available to retail travel agencies a variety of Canadian dollar priced brochures at Envoy.   Please visit www.envoynetworks.ca to order.  For large quantities please contact us directly via telephone at (905) 258-7778 or toll-free at (866) 760-1987, visit our website at www.glpworldwide.comor email us at sales@glpworldwide.com.    GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours is located at 1211 Denison St., Unit 26, Markham, Ontario L3R 4B3. 

For further information and/or images, please contact:

Chris Ryall
Canadian Public Relations Representative
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (416) 854-6582
chris@travelmarketingexperts.com

 Alan Law
Director of Sales & Marketing
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (905) 258-7778 Ext. 247
alaw@glpworldwide.com


Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Sets New Record in Northeast Passage
First Non-Russian Passenger Ship to Sail Northeast Passage

August 28, 2014

TORONTO -   History was made August 26, 2014 when Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition ship MS Hanseatic set a new record for how far north it travelled to in the Northeast Passage.   The ship reached the northernmost point at 85°, 40.7’ north and 135°, 39.6’ east – just 480 kilometres from the North Pole – a first for a passenger ship to reach this far north.   GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours, represents Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in Canada.   The 5-star MS Hanseatic plans to do a similar cruise in August and September 2016.   

The Northeast Passage also known as the Northern Sea Route is a shipping lane defined by Russian legislation.  The lane stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean running along the Russian Arctic coast from Kara Gates strait between the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea, along Siberia, to the Bering Strait.  The expedition ship was the first non-Russian ship to sail the Northeast Passage.   The unusual ice conditions at the time of the voyage made the new record possible with favourable temperatures and brisk north-easterly wind.  The ship crew took out the passengers on Zodiacs along the ice pack edge to celebrate the feat.   The entire route lies in Arctic waters and parts are free of ice for only two months per year.

“This is just one cruise of the many spectacular and fascinating voyages that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offers passengers, “ explained  Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours.  “Hapag-Lloyd Cruises are ideal for travellers looking for elegance, range of activities, superb cuisine and cultural and adventurous itineraries,” added Law.  

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises operates four ships:  MS Europa, MS Europa 2 – the newest ship to join the fleet, MS Hanseatic and the MS Bremen.   The MS Europe 2 was awarded the Berlitz Cruise Guide’s 2014 highest rating of 5-stars plus – the only ship to be awarded such an honour.  Both the MS Hanseatic and the MS Bremen are Hapag-Lloyd Cruises two expedition ships.  Hapag-Lloyd Cruises feature the culinary creations of Michelin starred chef Dieter Miller on board the MS Europa.  

Hapag-Lloyd features many themed cruises for families, golfers, music lovers, short excursions, international expeditions.   For complete details on itinerary, pricing, terms and conditions please visit GLP Worldwide at http://www.glpworldwide.com/products/Hapag-Lloyd-Cruise/

GLP Worldwide is a specialist in niche and small ship cruising and covers the world from the North Pole to Antarctica with a variety of culturally inspired journeys that suit all budgets and interests.  They feature cruise and land packages in Asia, India, Africa, Antarctica, Greenland, Norway, Europe and the North Pole.  

GLP Worldwide represents the following cruise and land products:  AMA Waterways, Fred. Olsen Cruises, Barging, Hurtigruten, Luftner Cruises, Variety Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd.    GLP also organizes many China, Orient, South American and North Pole packages and tours.   

GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours, Canada's leader in niche cruise products, makes available to retail travel agencies a variety of Canadian dollar priced brochures at Envoy (formerly Hippo Express).   Please visit www.envoynetworks.ca  to order.  For large quantities please contact us directly via telephone toll-free at (866) 760-1987, visit our website at  www.glpworldwide.com or email us at sales@glpworldwide.com.

Chris Ryall
Canadian Public Relations Representative
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (888) 423-3995
chris@travelmarketingexperts.com

Alan Law
Director of Sales & Marketing
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel Tours
Tel: (905) 258-7778 Ext. 247
alaw@glpworldwide.com


EXPLORE CUBA WITH TWO DIFFERENT CRUISE STYLES

GLP Worldwide Offers Two Distinct Ways to Cruise Around Cuba - July 29, 2014

TORONTO –  Cuba is on the must-see list of many Canadians with more wishing to fully explore the island and getting beyond the resort area.  GLP Worldwide offers travellers the opportunity to visit and cruise around Cuba two different ways - small sailing cruise ship and a larger cruise ship vessel.  GLP Worldwide is the Canadian representative for Variety Cruises and Cuba Cruises.    

“There is an increasing desire by Canadians to get beyond the resort compound and see the real Cuba and we are excited to offer agents and their clients two culture and activity focused itineraries with two different styles of cruise ships,” said Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours.

Variety Cruises
For a more intimate cruise and travel experience Variety Crusies offers a 7-night Sights & Sounds of Cuba itinerary.  Sail around Cuba with various ports of call in more remote areas and inland waterways that a larger vessel can't access.  Enjoy Cuba on a state-of-the-art recently refurbished sailing cruiser, the S/C Panorama.   The small ship has only 25 cabins.  It may be small but not in comfort and amenities.  The vessel has two bars, sun deck, two lounges, library, swimming platform, cabins with wooden furniture, marble finished bathrooms, air-conditioned cabins, TV, mini-fridge and safety boxes. 

This is a very personalized cruise experience where you have the opportunity to meet your fellow passengers and engage directly with the ship's crew.  Due to its smaller size you can access more waterways inaccessible to larger ships.

GLP Worldwide offers these cruises starting at only $2,790 per person for a Category "C" cabin.  Highlights include:  guided tours of Old Havana; excursion to the scenic Valley of the Vinales; visit to Guanahacabibes National Park, a huge nature reserve; meeting naturists and locals at an enviromental centre; snorkelling in underground caves and visit to Sea Turtle Breeding Centre in Cayo Largo; exploring the museum city of Casilda; and visit the Bay of Pigs area.

CUBA CRUISE:

For those preferring to be on a larger cruise ship and the extra amenities it can offer passengers, then Cuba Cruise would be the ideal choice.  Passengers will experience Cuba but with some  Canadian comforts and food choices that gives them the best of both worlds.   Board the 1,200 passenger ship with 480 staterooms.   There are a variety of cabin categories with some including a balcony.   The seven night cruises begin at only $633.00 CAD per person for a standard inside cabin "A" category.   The 10-deck ship features a swimming pool, bars, restaurants, spa and a casino.  "Your ship" is your playground and you can decide whether to stay on board or go on the various excursions to explore Cuba.  Enjoy local delicacies and cuisine as well as top Canadian beef and produce which is provided on board.  This all-inclusive cruise holiday includes full breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; fitness centre; supervised children's program for ages 4-12; daily entertainment and night entertainment programme.  It is ideal for those wanting a full ship experience.  You have the option of joining the cruise in Havana or Montego Bay in Jamaica.  

Highlights include: visiting Havana and seeing the old streets and markets; stopping in Holguin and its world famous beaches and La Mensura National Park; marvel at the sights and architecture in Santiago de Cuba; tour the "Isle of Youth" and savour the taste and scents of a beach barbeque; visit the colonial village of Trinidad; and spend some time in Montego Bay from snorkelling, shopping, or horseback riding on the beach.

Contact GLP Worldwide for the complete terms and conditions, sailing dates, itineraries and prices.

GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours, Canada’s leader in niche cruise products, makes available to retail travel agencies a variety of Canadian dollar priced brochures at Envoy.   Please visit www.envoynetworks.ca to order.  For large quantities please contact us directly via telephone at (905) 258-7778 or toll-free at (866) 760-1987, visit our website at www.glpworldwide.com or email us at sales@glpworldwide.com.    GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours is located at 1211 Denison St., Unit 26, Markham, Ontario L3R 4B3.

Chris Ryall
Canadian Public Relations Representative
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (888) 423-3995
chris@travelmarketingexperts.com

Alan Law
Director of Sales & Marketing
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel Tours
Tel: (905) 258-7778 Ext. 247
alaw@glpworldwide.com


Mini-Cruises Now Being Offered by GLP Worldwide

New Commission Opportunities for Travel Agents - March 17, 2014

TORONTO–  No time for a longer scenic cruise?  Or maybe if you have never gone before on a cruise but don’t want to make a big investment in time or money so want to test it out to see you will enjoy being on a cruise holiday.  GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours, which represents Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in Canada, is now offering a selection of mini cruises.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for travel agents to expand their cruise client base in getting people to either try a cruise vacation for the first time or if they only have a shorter period of time for their holidays,” said Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours.  “A client may already be in England for example or even on business and may want to extend their trip for a few days and these mini-cruises are ideal for having a relaxing cruise experience and no hassles in organizing all the details,” added Law.

 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines created seven ‘mini-cruises’ – including a new product of two-night ‘Introductory’ cruises – for the 2014/15 cruise season. Fred. Olsen’s mini-cruises of two and three nights include city breaks to Paris and Dublin, and are the perfect opportunity for guests to have a weekend escape or for first-time cruisers to “test the water”.   The mini-cruises will sail from four regional departure ports and take passengers to culturally significant destinations that can be explored in a weekends.

Fred. Olsen’s mini-cruises for the 2014/15 season are:
Balmoral’s three-night 'Easter Chocolates' mini-cruise, L1402, ex Southampton on 19th April 2014
On this ‘chocolate connoisseurs’ dream cruise, Balmoral sails to Antwerp, for an overnight stay, allowing guests the chance to explore this interesting city. There will be plenty of opportunity to see, taste and buy handmade Belgian chocolates – perfectly timed for Easter – as well as discover other cultural highlights of the area, including the Wellington Museum, in nearby town Waterloo, which was chosen by the Duke of Wellington as headquarters for army staff during the defeat of Napoleon. Prices start from $ CAD  per person.

Braemar’s two-night 'Honfleur' mini-cruise, M1420, ex Dover on 18th July 2014
On this summer cruise, Braemar calls at Honfleur, a pretty and enchanting harbour town, where lofty slate and timber fronted houses overlook the colourful yacht and fishing harbour. Guests can explore the 15th Century wooden church and impressionist paintings of the Musée Eugene Boudin, or visit the village of Cormeilles, and enjoy tasting the cider and Calvados at the local traditional distillery. Prices start from $ CAD per person.

Braemar’s three-night 'Paris City Break' mini-cruise, M1430, ex Southampton on 20th November 2014
Braemar takes guests on a stunning cruise along the River Seine on this winter city break, before arriving in Rouen for an overnight stay. Rouen is rich in history, with the medieval quarter, gothic cathedral and Place de Vieux Marché, the latter being where Joan of Arc was executed. Rouen is also the perfect base from which to explore Paris; guests will have ample time to take a day trip to the world-renowned ‘romantic city’ to discover the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the delightful and chic boutiques. Prices start from $ CAD per person.

Black Watch’s two-night 'Pre-Christmas mini-cruise to Belgium', W1419, ex Tilbury on 13th December 2014
On this exciting pre-Christmas mini-cruise, Black Watch will take guests to Zeebrugge, the gateway for tours to one of northern Europe’s most picturesque old cities, Bruges. Explore the UNESCO-listed twisting cobbled streets, picturesque ancient buildings, tree-lined canals and gabled facades, whilst getting any last-minute presents at the wonderfully festive Christmas markets. Prices start from £149 per person.

Black Watch’s two-night 'Pre-Christmas mini-cruise to Belgium', W1422, ex Tilbury on 18th December 2014 (cruise details as above) Prices start from $ CAD per person.

Boudicca’s two-night 'Dublin mini-cruise', D1423, ex Liverpool on 19th December 2014
Given her smaller size, Boudicca is able to take guests right to the heart of bustling Dublin city. Soaking up some true Irish hospitality and ‘craic’ in the many pubs, bars and cafés at Temple Bar, guests can also make the most of this city by taking a stroll along the River Liffey, hopping on one of the fascinating bus tours or visiting the Guinness Factory to see how the famous ‘black stuff’ is made. Prices start from $ CAD per person (with limited availability).

Balmoral’s two-night 'Pre-Christmas mini-cruise to France', L1418, ex Southampton on 19th December 2014
On this festive cruise, Balmoral will take guests to the UNESCO-listed town of Le Havre, where there will be the opportunity to spend a full day exploring the Malraux Museum, which claims to have the second largest collection of Impressionist paintings in France, with works by Monet, Renoir and Pissarro, or take a tour to Monet’s house and gardens in the pretty village of Giverny. Prices start from $ CAD per person.

Prices are based on two adults sharing a twin, Inside cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port dues. 

Fred. Olsen was delighted to be voted ‘Best Affordable Cruise Line’ and runner-up ‘Best Cruise Line’ in the ‘Cruise International Awards 2013’, and ‘Best Value for Money’ in the Cruise Critic ‘Editors’ Picks UK Awards 2013’.

Fred. Olsen Cruises are ideal for those mature clients who want a more personalized cruise experience with its ships large enough (818 to 1350 passenger capacity ships) that you feel you have plenty of room but not feel like you are in a labyrinth and can never find your way.It offers itineraries from two nights to 112 nights in 300 ports of call around the world. Its fleet provides all the modern conveniences but without all the hassle of a large vessel – and it can access points in the heart of the city that larger ships are unable to reach.

Itineraries, pricing and terms and conditions on Fred. Olsen Cruises Lines are online at www.glpworldwide.com.  Pricing is in Canadian dollars.  For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruises contact GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours at (905) 480-0525; Toll-Free: (866) 534-1748, Fax: (905) 258-7779or email: focruises@glpworldwide.com.

GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours, Canada’s leader in niche cruise products, makes available to retail travel agencies a variety of Canadian dollar priced brochures at Envoy.   Please visit www.envoynetworks.ca to order. For large quantities please contact us directlyvia telephone at (905) 258-7778 or toll-free at (866) 760-1987, visit our website at www.glpworldwide.com or email us at sales@glpworldwide.com.    GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours is located at 1211 Denison St., Unit 26, Markham, Ontario L3R 4B3.

Chris Ryall
Canadian Public Relations Representative
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (888) 423-3995
chris@travelmarketingexperts.com

Alan Law
Director of Sales & Marketing
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel Tours
Tel: (905) 258-7778 Ext. 247
alaw@glpworldwide.com


GLP Worldwide Announces “Par Adjustment”

Book By March 1, 2014 and Save

TORONTO - GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours, which represents a wide range of cruise and land products in Canada, has announced a “par adjustment” for all their 2014 land programs and cruises.   Deposits received on or before March 1, 2014 for any programmes or cruises will NOT be subject to any currency adjustment.   After March 1, 2014 all Canadian currency fares will be subject to a 6% par adjustment increase. 
“The Canadian dollar has decreased significantly in value against the U.S. dollar the past few months and up to this point we have tried to absorb all those extra costs to make it easier for the agents and their clients,” explained  Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours.  “Even though the Canadian dollar currently sits around 10 cents below the U.S. dollar we have decided to only add a 6% par adjustment increase and will be absorbing the remainder.”

Law states that agents will have the option to pay in Canadian or U.S. currency and if they pay in U.S. currency of course no par adjustment increase would result.   It is up to the agent’s client on their preference of payment and GLP Worldwide will accept payment in either currency.
GLP Worldwide is a specialist in niche and small ship cruising and covers the world from the North Pole to Antarctica with a variety of culturally inspired journeys that suit all budgets and interests.  They feature cruise and land packages in Asia, India, Africa, Antarctica, Greenland, Norway, Europe and the North Pole. 

GLP Worldwide represents the following cruise and land products:  AMA Waterways, Fred. Olsen Cruises, Barging, Hurtigruten, Luftner Cruises, Variety Cruises,Hapag-Lloyd.    GLP also organizes many China, Orient, South American and North Pole packages and tours.   

GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours, Canada's leader in niche cruise products, makes available to retail travel agencies a variety of Canadian dollar priced brochures at Envoy (formerly Hippo Express).   Please visit www.envoynetworks.ca  to order.  For large quantities please contact us directly via telephone toll-free at (866) 760-1987, visit our website at  www.glpworldwide.com or email us at sales@glpworldwide.com.

For further information and/or images, please contact:

Chris Ryall
Canadian Public Relations Representative
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (888) 423-3995
chris@travelmarketingexperts.com

Alan Law
Director of Sales & Marketing
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel Tours
Tel: (905) 258-7778 Ext. 247
alaw@glpworldwide.com


GLP Worldwide Now Offering Cuba Cruise Program - Cruises Provide a Real Cuban Cultural Experience from Only $586 CAD

TORONTO - GLP Worldwide, a leader in niche cruising and land packages, is now offering a new Cuba Cruise program. For travelers who are interested in truly exploring the real Cuba and not be confined to an all-inclusive compound these programs showcase Cuba's cultural, architectural and nature side. GLP Worldwide is offering a cruise only price from only $586 per person Canadian on select cruise dates beginning in December 2013 on the Louis Crystal 1,200 passenger cruise ship.

"Canadians have had a love affair with Cuba for many years but many want to go beyond the resorts and discover the charm, beauty, people and vibrant culture of the country,"" said Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours. "These cruises are designed for those travellers seeking a rich cultural experience with many land excursions while enjoying the joy of cruising,"" added Law.