All Costa cruise programs are now available through the Sabre system, with Sabre CruiseDirector, travel agents in the U.S. will now be able to book cruises aboard Costa’s fleet of ten ships.
Lynn Torrent, President and CEO, Costa Cruise Lines N.V., said “Teaming the fifth largest cruise line in the world with the umber one global distribution system is an unbeatable combination.”
“We really are thrilled to be partnering with Sabre Travel Network. It further demonstrates our commitment to our travel agent partners making it easier than ever to book our products with real-time pricing and inventory. Whether from home, home office or traditional brick and mortar facilities, we are offering our partners a valuable tool to further help agents grow their business and from the convenience of their desktop,” adds Torrent.
Features of the Sabre CruiseDirector product used to book Costa Cruises include:
—An easy-to-use graphical interface designed to closely follow the cruise booking process in detail, opening up cruise bookings to agents who may not be cruise experts.
—Multi-cruise sailing availability on one screen.
—Dining availability shown near the beginning of the reservation process.
—Cruise line regional itineraries and schedules.
—Fare comparison displays, inclusive of agents’ own negotiated fares.
—“One-click” access to commission information from the pricing screen.
—“At-a-glance” booking and price display summaries.
“We are pleased to offer Sabre travel agents additional cruise offerings for their customers through world-renowned Costa Cruise Lines,” said Chris Kroeger, senior vice president of Sabre Travel Network North America. “These opportunities further enhance the efficient marketplace provided to agencies by Sabre Travel Network through added revenue opportunities.”