Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has appointed Dublin-based cruise specialist Cruisescapes, which is 100% Irish owned and managed, as its ‘Preferred Partner’ for its trade and direct business.
Kate Wooldridge, International Sales Manager, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has been working with Alan Lynch and his team for over 10 years, and they have been the top trade seller in the Republic of Ireland consistently. We very much value their initiative and proactive approach to our brand, which has proved to be very successful on a number of sailings. They truly understand the brand proposition and our target market, in what is a very competitive industry.
“We are delighted to be working even more closely with Alan and his team to expose the Fred Olsen brand to new trade partners and ‘new to Fred’ guests. We believe that there is a great opportunity to raise the awareness of the Fred Olsen cruise experience to the Irish market, and we will be fully supporting Alan and his network of trade partners with a number of initiatives to achieve this.”
Alan Lynch, Managing Director of Cruisescapes, said: “When asked to be the ‘Preferred Partner’ of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines in Ireland, it was an easy decision. We work well with the company and our clients have been extremely happy and complimentary towards the cruise line. It was not only a great honour to be asked, but it is testament to the hard work, effort and initiative that our Cruisescapes team have put into the business over the last few years.
“At Cruisescapes we have the benefit of knowledgeable staff who have cruised with Fred Olsen on many occasions, giving us extensive first-hand experience of the ships, cabin styles, entertainment and food on board. We also have a great relationship with Fred Olsen staff, together with a great personal knowledge of the travel trade in Ireland.”
“Fred Olsen is a company with whom we can identify, as our clients tend to fit the same profile. We were attracted to the traditional-style cruising on board Fred Olsen’s smaller ships; the cruise itineraries were imaginative, with voyages throughout the world, including special departures from UK and Irish ports. A friendly atmosphere with high standards of service and food were also a main contributing factor to creating a partnership.”