Ever thought about breaking into the cruise travel industry? If so there are several ways to go about it. You can start your own cruise travel agency online, you can try to get a job at a cruise travel agency or you can enroll in a training program at Cruise and Travel University. If you already have experience, landing a job at a cruise travel agency or starting your own cruise travel agency may be at the top of your list, but if you are in the beginning stages of learning about the cruise agency, then Cruise and Travel University could offer the best benefits for your cruise travel career.
Cruise and Travel University is a training program for all types of travel industries, including cruises. It is considered one of the most â€œcomprehensive travel agents at sea training programs on the open sea.” CTUâ€™s training events are held several times during the year aboard a variety of different cruise ships. This way, students can immerse themselves in the actual environments they plan to promote, they can meet and interact with cruise travel professionals in all areas of the industry, and they can train in an environment that is considered perfect for both work (training) and play.
According to CTUâ€™s website, attending Cruise and Travel University will help future cruise travel specialists:
Reinforce and nurture their status as a professional
Attain a certification that reflects that professionalism
Increase sales & profitability from travel
Sell specific products smarter and better
Learn from industry peers
Benefit from the unique opportunity to learn in a genuine travel experience
Cruise and Travel University teaches and trains students through seminars and presentations. Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International regularly hosts Cruise and Travel University presentations and seminars. It is not uncommon, however, for Cruise and Travel University to take place aboard any of the following cruise lines ships: Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Princess Cruise Lines, MSC, and Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL). Each seminar or presentation offers information about the products that trainees will be selling. The seminars and presentations will also teach students about the different selling and marketing techniques currently being used today and how to master them.
Cruise and Travel University is not just for those who are new to the cruise travel industry. Because the cruise industry is ever-changing, because it is experiencing significant growth, and because cruise ships are becoming more and more technologically advanced with each passing year, Cruise University is the perfect place for cruise travel agents to further enhance their knowledge and expertise.
While tuition may fluctuate depending on a variety of factors outside of accommodations, typical Cruise and Travel University tuition rates range from $450-$750 or more depending on accommodations. Tuition includes accommodations, all classes, all regular cruise items, port charges, and all textbooks and materials.
FYI: Many Cruise and Travel Universities are eligible for certification credits from CLIA and continuing education credits for the Travel Institute. For more information visit the Cruise and Travel University website or call 954-491-2269.