Famil Reports & Ship Inspections

ALASKAN DREAM CRUISES – Admiralty Dream – Alaska’s Glacier Bay & Island Adventure
Merv Niles, Francis Travel Marketings BDE experienced Alaskan Dream Cruises in May 2015.

AMERICAN DREAM STEAMBOAT COMPANY – American Queen – Louisville to St Louis
Read about a travel agents’ famil on the Mississippi, which she thoroughly enjoyed, met some fabulous people, danced the night away and ate VERY well!  “Every day people were sitting with the person to rebook – I barely saw him on his own. One man told me he was on his 8th cruise with American Steamboat ships!!” The agent and her husband are both ex RNZAF, they attended the veterans get-together and found it very interesting to meet others who had served, including two WWII veterans! “Now I really want to do the one in Canada on the Snake river!”

Our very own Debbie Peters, Reservations Consultant has produced a comprehensive report on the 4-night Aqua Mekong Explorer cruise.

“4-Days in Heaven on the Mekong River with Aqua Expeditions”… The title of this famil report says it all!

In March 2017, NZ travel agents got the opportunity to experience the 5-star Aqua Mekong cruising the Mekong Delta and Sap River. A fabulous trip was had by all, read on for a report of one agents experience.

March 2017 Famil report from an agent with a hospitality background. She commented the service experienced on the Aqua Mekong far surpassed anything she’d ever come across!

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE – Carnival Panorama Inaugural Voyage
On the 10th of December 2019, the FTM Team attended Carnival Cruise Line’s International Summit for the naming ceremony and inaugural voyage of the Carnival Panorama. Read about the exciting new additions to the Panorama and what our team got up to whilst onboard.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE – Fun-Size Cruise with Carnival Australia
FTM’s National Sales Manager, Katarina Rookes attended a FUNmil on Carnival Spirit up to Moreton Island.

A great ship, and the perfect getaway for people who want a short break away. Sailing from Sydney, the cruise times work well with flights – you can fly to Sydney, join the ship, cruise for four nights and fly home!

Experience Carnival’s brand new ship, Carnival Horizon through the eyes of our Reservations Manager, Kelly Bates.

Debbie Peters experienced an 11-night Carnival Journey! Read all about it here.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE – Melbourne Cup 2017 Onboard Carnival Spirit
This is a cruise for everyone, be you a dedicated punter or if you don’t know one end of a horse from another, Carnival makes the experience FUN. The 6-night voyage on board Carnival Spirit was just the right length, with 2 nights in Melbourne, giving you 3 full days to enjoy the MEL Cup day, plus a free day in Melbourne, with the ship leaving after the last race on Ladies Oaks Day.

Read about Carnival’s newest ‘Fun Ship’ from a kid’s point-of-view 🙂

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – Alaska Land+Sea Journey

Susan Baxter, Sales and Marketing Manager at Francis Travel Marketing took part in the 2019 Double Denali (D6C) Alaska Land + Sea famil onboard the newly refurbished Westerdam. Read about the magnificent cruise, scenery and tours Susan experienced with Holland America Line.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – Alaska Land+Sea Journey
Katarina Rookes, Business Development Executive at Francis Travel Marketing went on her very first cruise aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. Kat was also in for a treat as the Alaska Land+Sea Journeys include a cruise and land tour. Read about Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journey through the eyes of a first-time cruiser and first-time in Alaska.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – Viking Sagas Itinerary on Koningsdam
Katarina Rookes, Business Development Executive at Francis Travel Marketing experienced all that Koningsdam has to offer, including her dedicated single oceanview stateroom.

Kelly Bates, Manager of the Reservations Team at Francis Travel Marketing went onboard Nieuw Amsterdam for a ship inspection whilst she made a visit to Venice.

Luftner Cruises – AMADEUS Silver
Melissa Roberts, our BDE, cruised from Amsterdam to Basel. Read her informative report on the Classical Rhine cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Line – Norwegian Jewel
Debbie Peters jumped on board Norwegian Jewel whilst she was in port in Auckland during her 13-day Sydney return voyage. Read about Debbie’s first impression on an NCL ship.

PONANT Yacht Cruises and Expeditions – Le Lapérouse
The team at FTM were lucky to be part of a small group invited aboard Le Lapérouse on her inaugural visit to New Zealand. Le Lapérouse was the first ship to be launched of six ice-strengthened expedition mega-yachts joining the PONANT fleet.

WINDSTAR CRUISES – Wind Surf – Yachtsman’s Harbors of the Rivieras
Kelly Bates enjoyed a 7-night cruise aboard Windstar’s largest ship, Wind Surf, sailing the world’s premier yachting playgrounds.

WINDSTAR CRUISES – Wind Spirit – Dreams of Tahiti
National Sales Manager – Katarina Rookes shares an in-depth report about her time aboard the Wind Spirit

WINDSTAR CRUISES – Wind Spirit – Dreams of Tahiti
A seasoned traveller to Tahiti, Faye Spooner recounts her trip onboard Wind Spirit in Tahiti.

WINDSTAR CRUISES – Wind Spirit – Dreams of Tahiti
Francis Travel Marketing’s Debbie Peters thorough report of her time aboard Wind Spirit.