MSC Offers Shore Excursion Commissions

Ana Figueroa MSC Cruises has announced that it will pay travel agents commissions on shore excursions. Agents who pre-book shore excursions at least three days prior to the departure date will earn 10 percent commission on the excursions. “At MSC Cruises, we don’t just talk about our com

By: Ana Figueroa





MSC Cruises has announced that it will pay travel agents commissions on shore excursions. Agents who pre-book shore excursions at least three days prior to the departure date will earn 10 percent commission on the excursions.



“At MSC Cruises, we don’t just talk about our commitment to the travel agency community we show it. We institute programs like this that actively support and reward our agency partners,” says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA).



“We offer one of the most progressive commission programs in the cruise industry. In addition to the commission on the cruise fare, agents earn a full 10 percent air add-ons and now 10 percent on shore excursions,” Sasso adds.



By offering this additional service, agents will help their clients ensure they can participate in the shore excursions of their choice and not have to take time from enjoying their cruise to book their shore excursions onboard the ship. Descriptions of shore excursions and rates can be found online.

“We want to make it more profitable for travel agents to sell MSC Cruises,” says Sasso. “When they succeed, we succeed.”



MSC Cruises currently has a fleet of seven ships: MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody and MSC Rhapsody, cruising in the Mediterranean all year round as well as Northern Europe, Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, South America and South Africa. MSC’s fleet will increase to 11 ships by 2009:in 2007 MSC Orchestra joins the fleet, followed in the spring of 2008 by MSC Poesia, the third ship in the “Musica” class. In the autumn of 2008 and spring 2009 MSC Fantasia and MSC Serenata will join the fleet respectively, becoming the two largest ships built by a European ship owner

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