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House Resolution Designates October as 'Cruise Travel Professional Month'

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) | Patrick Clarke | October 02, 2015

House Resolution Designates October as 'Cruise Travel Professional Month'

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U.S. Representatives introduced a resolution in the House Thursday designating October as "Cruise Travel Professional Month," the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced.

The organization's announcement comes a week after it introduced October as "National Plan a Cruise Month."

H. Res. 455 was introduced Thursday by a pair of Representatives from Florida, Carlos Curbelo and Corinne Brown.

"We thank Rep. Curbelo and Rep. Brown for recognizing these outstanding professionals," CLIA acting CEO Cindy D'Aoust said in a statement. "We greatly value cruise travel specialists who create memorable vacations for the more than 22 million cruisers each year, and are thrilled to see Congress acknowledge their professionalism."

The CLIA states that more than two-thirds of all cruises booked in the U.S. (70 percent) are booked through cruise travel professionals, a figure that highlights their significance and supports the resolution.

While the legislation is designed to honor the professionals who simplify the cruise booking experience, it's travelers who stand to gain the most this month. 

Now through Oct. 31, cruisers will have tons of opportunities to capitalize on stellar offers and even win free cruises. "We want to spread the love of cruising during National Plan a Cruise Month through incredible offers and deals as well as fantastic chances to win cruise vacations," D'Aoust said in a statement last month.

Those who lock in their reservations this month can save as much as $1,500 in free upgrades and onboard packages. 

Meanwhile, all month long travelers can participate in the Cruise Smile Sweepstakes by submitting their "cruise smile" photo on social media accompanied by the hashtags #CruiseSmile and #Sweepstakes.


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