Princess Cruises hosted a cooking challenge for 60 Malaysian travel agents in Kuala Lumpur and Penang as part of an on-going relationship-building program in the local travel industry.
The travel agents rose to the challenge, donning aprons and bringing out their prized woks to create delicious, home-grown dishes to beat their colleagues.
“This initiative is proving to be a great way to not only cook up a great meal but also strengthen team bonds with travel agents who play an increasingly important role in booking cruises and ensuring a premium guest experience,’’ said Farriek Tawrik, director of Southeast Asia Princess Cruises.
“We find that experienced cruisers prefer to book through their travel agents who will always have a role to play in the booking process, especially so for Fly-Cruise bookings which require other booking arrangements and not only the cruise booking,” he added.
Many travel agents have undergone special online training at the Princess Academy to become certified so that they can advise clients on which cruises and itineraries suit them, Mr Farriek added.
Sapphire Princess and Diamond Princess will be homeported in Singapore from November to March 2019 and the line will mark 50 years in Alaska by bringing Royal Princess to cruise in the region.
The line also launched the 2019 itineraries to Alaska, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.