Uniworld adds Italy as river cruising gains Asian interest

UNIWORLD, The Travel Corporation’s boutique river cruise brand, has added Italy to its collection.

The 13-day Splendors of Italy itinerary combines a seven-night river cruise along the Po and the Venice Lagoon with a two-night land stay in Florence and three nights in Rome. A cruise only option, Venice and the Po River, lasting eight days is also available.

Both itineraries are scheduled to debut in Spring 2013.

Melvin Loh, senior sales manager for The Travel Corporation, said that bookings for any itinerary in the preview 2013 brochure made up to June 30 would receive an early bird discount of up to US$2,400 per couple. Travellers have to make full payment to receive the discount.

“We believe that these cruises will appeal to discerning Singaporeans who have been to Europe before who now want to tour at a leisurely place and who are keen to experience the richness of Italy,” said Loh.

The new itineraries will also be sold in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines via the firm’s GSAs.

New travel consultants will be offered a commission of 10 per cent if they sign up to sell Uniworld’s 2013 brochure, which will be officially launched in August.

Chan Brothers Travel product manager Tevin Ong said that river cruises offered clients an interesting alternative to touring Europe.

“However, we often find that we need to tell customers that the prices quoted are all-inclusive, and that the cruises offer good value for money to convince them to make a booking.

“Nonetheless, although this is still a relatively new product for us, we’ve noticed that once a client has been on a Uniworld cruise, they are apt to want to go again,” he said.

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