In keeping with tradition Connacht agents were last to bed when Jennifer Callister, Jenny Rafter and Michaela Banks hosted 200 Irish agents on board Harmony of the Seas for a pre launch cruise. The ship is 30cm wider than its sisters in class, and the difference is notable in cabin space. While Royal Caribbean used to refrain from claiming the biggest cruise ship in the world, CEO Michael Bayley has no such inhibitions. London based two country agency sales director for Royal Caribbean Ben Bouldin says that Royal were happy that Irish agents were over-represented at the launch, “The likes of Tour America, Clubworld, Oasis, and American Holidays, they tend to over index versus their counterparts. They are bit more flexible in terms of staff trying to get time off than the likes of Thomas Cook or TUI. We deliberately go out of our way to put the right focus on it. We don’t penny pinch. When we can we host agents overnight rather than a port ship visit, which is like seeing the ship with the lights off.” Listen here to his comments about Royal Caribbean;’s relationship with agents and watch here general interview with Ben Bouldin. Watch here Stuart Leven speaking about the new ship. Watch here Harmony’s arrival in Southampton from the air and watch here Steve Carrett’s port side view. Watch here Gina Kramer’s trip down the Abyss water slide. Picture shows Bernie Burke of Travel Centres, Jenny Rafter of Royal Caribbean and Pamela Brownlee of Cruisesforyou. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
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