Oceania to continue to waive NCFs

The luxury brand will continue to pay travel advisors commission on NCFs, despite sister brand Norwegian Cruise Line bringing its similar program to an end.

OCEANIA Cruises will reportedly continue to waive non-commissionable fares for top sellers, an spokesperson for the line confirmed to the media.

The representative confirmed Oceania is not planning to make any changes to its current NCF waivers, as sister brand Norwegian Cruise Line prepares to reinstate them by the end of the first quarter.

Oceania launched its six-month pilot program eliminating NCFs from April to September, after Norwegian announced late last year it would remove them from 2023.

“As we have returned to some semblance of normalcy…it was time to take those funds that have been used for this program and put them in other places, whether it’s marketing or the business relationships that we have with each agency,” Senior Vice President Sales John Chernesky reportedly told media.

Meanwhile, Norwegian’s program saw it pay travel advisors commission on NCFs for reservations booked outside of the 120-day window prior to sailing for cruises which departed from 01 May.

Agencies needed to submit a marketing plan to their Norwegian Sales  Support Team to qualify for the program.

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