09 Jan Protravel International’s Leading Cruise Specialist Previews the World’s Newest Ultra-Luxury Small-Ship: Encore
As Part of a Select Group of Travel Professionals, Marni Becker was Invited to an Exclusive Preview of Seabourn’s First New Ship since 2011
New York, NY (January 09, 2017) — Today, Protravel International announced that its Director of Cruise Sales, Marni Becker, was among a small group of the global travel industry’s professionals to accept a highly-coveted invitation to preview Seabourn Encore – Seabourn’s new ultra-luxury, all-suite small-ship – and attend its official naming ceremony on January 5-7. As the first addition to Seabourn’s fleet since 2011, Encore is the industry’s newest luxury small-ship with a total of 300 elegant suites, all with private verandas, to accommodate up to 600 guests with the utmost in intimacy and extraordinary personalized service.
“It was a tremendous honor and privilege to be part of this highly select group invited to experience Encore firsthand before its inaugural sailing,” said Becker. “I am eager to share my impressions with my valued clients and colleagues as the ship offered everything I had expected and more. What struck me most was the extraordinary level of personalized service each guest received – thanks to Seabourn’s high staff to guest ratio, making this exquisite ship a perfect choice for my discriminating clientele.”
“We were thrilled that Protravel and Marni Becker were honored with an invitation to experience the Encore before the rest of the industry,” noted Gail Grimmett, President of Protravel. “Recognized as an unparalleled cruise expert, Marni has always stayed at the forefront of the industry’s luxury cruise trends. Her philosophy reflects Protravel’s – to always remain well-versed on the diverse luxury travel offerings and services available by personally experiencing the myriad options our clients prefer and enjoy.”
“Perennially at the top among my clients’ favorite itineraries is the Mediterranean in general, and the Greek Isles in particular, and I am excited that Seabourn Encore will be sailing in that region,” explained Becker. “Seabourn Encore will conclude its winter season in Athens on May 5, then sail the Mediterranean throughout the summer season with numerous 7-14 or 21-day itineraries – including the ‘14-Day Adriatic and Greek Wonders’ cruise starting June 24, or the ‘20-Day UNESCO Gems of the Western Mediterranean’ cruise next September 14.”
Seabourn is offering new features on Seabourn Encore, including The Retreat, with 15 private cabanas underneath beautiful sailcloth canopies, as well as an array of fine epicurean options such as the new signature restaurant, “The Grill” by Thomas Keller and “Sushi,” a new, attractive dining venue which makes its debut on the ship.
With an award-winning reputation, Protravel International is a recognized leader in corporate and luxury travel. Protravel was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in New York City. With annual sales reaching close to $1 billion last year, it has grown into 20 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, plus a network of hosted agents throughout the U.S.
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About Protravel International LLC:
Protravel International LLC is a Travel Leaders Group company. Founded in 1984, Protravel International LLC is a full-service, dynamic travel company with an award-winning reputation. With annual sales reaching close to $1 billion, Protravel is headquartered in New York City and supports 20 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, plus a network of hosted agents in all corners of the U.S. Today, approximately 1,000 people make up the Protravel organization. Our expertise in destination, international faring and competitive products – coupled with our superior network of contacts in the airline, hotel, cruise and hospitality industry – makes Protravel one of the most powerful selling forces in the travel industry.
Protravel’s diversity of products, size of annual sales and nationally recognized stature permits them to leverage these strengths to bring the most competitive pricing and aggressive negotiations for our highly diverse client base. It is a company-wide commitment to search for the best possible travel options for our customers. Travel arrangements are personally tailored to take optimum advantage of the most up to the minute changes in the industry.
For many years, a dedicated team has guided Protravel with innovative ideas and skills. By incorporating the latest technologies and carefully monitoring industry developments, the finest products and highest levels of service are maintained. The continued success of Protravel is a testament to our sound operation and well-planned development.