SOUTHLAKE, Texas - Jan. 16, 2013 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has signed a multi-year, distribution agreement with Sabre Travel Network, making all of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises’ fares and schedules available in the Sabre global distribution system (GDS). Under the new agreement, Sabre and Royal Caribbean have expanded their relationship to include travel agents in Mexico, who will now be able to make bookings on Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises through the Sabre Red Workspace.
“Travel agents are invaluable to our industry and Sabre’s powerful technology can help us deliver greater access and convenience to more of them,” said Vicki Freed, senior vice president of Sales and Trade Support and Service for Royal Caribbean International. “The new Sabre agreement reflects our company’s commitment to supporting our valued travel agent partners and helping them sell more cruises, increase profits and grow their businesses.”
The agreement provides access for travel agents in Mexico to the complete cruise inventory from Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises’ 35 cruise ships offering memorable vacations around the world. Sabre Cruises is a browser-based tool within the Sabre Red Workspace that offers travel agents quick and easy access to cruise lines' systems for real-time shopping and booking.
“As a leading cruise line, Royal Caribbean is an important supplier for travel agents who rely on Sabre’s industry-leading technology for the comprehensive content they need,” said Jay Jones, senior vice president of The Americas for Sabre Travel Network. “Agencies in Mexico will experience increased efficiency through booking automation, and a comprehensive shopping view including cruises and stateroom pictures, to better serve customers’ travel queries.”
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisières de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. Together, these six brands operate a combined total of 41 ships with three under construction. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 460 destinations on all seven continents. Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebritycruises.com, www.azamaraclubcruises.com, www.pullmantur.es, www.cdfcroisieresdefrance.com, www.tuicruises.com, or www.rclinvestor.com.
Sabre Travel Network provides technology to the travel industry. It operates the world’s largest travel marketplace, connecting travel buyers and sellers through the Sabre global distribution system (GDS). Its innovative technology connects 350,000 travel agents to more than 400 airlines, 100,000 hotels, 25 car rental brands, 50 rail providers, 14 cruise lines and other global travel suppliers. More than $100 billion of travel is purchased through this marketplace annually.
Sabre Travel Network is part of Sabre Holdings, a global travel technology company serving the world’s largest industry- travel and tourism. For more information please visit: www.sabretravelnetwork.com.