Today, Cruise Holidays, North America’s oldest and largest cruise-specialty retail franchise, revealed details of a special, exclusive partnership with “Cruising Authority,” a one-of-a-kind, Web-based talk show dedicated to the cruising industry.  The details were announced during the 2008 Cruise Holidays Annual Convention being held aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Pearl, October 19-26, 2008.

“This partnership is very exciting for Cruise Holidays, as we are always looking for new and different ways to reach consumers who are cruise enthusiasts or curious about cruise vacations,” said Peter D. Thomson, Vice President and COO of Cruise Holidays.  “Our cruise experts will have the chance to be frequent guests on ‘Cruising Authority’ providing their insight and expertise.  We’ll also be providing special, personally-tailored cruise vacation packages for a variety of groups as part of this joint venture.”

“Cruising Authority” is a weekly talk show launched in September 2007 and hosted by cruise industry expert Barry Vaudrin.  This entertaining and informative, cruise industry-centric program is heard around the world and has already included cruise industry heavyweights such as: Carol Marlow, President of Cunard Line; Bob Dickinson, former CEO and President of Carnival Cruise Line; Robert Sharak, Executive VP of Marketing at CLIA; and Joseph Ewart, former founder of Cruise Holidays and a long-time cruise industry executive.

“‘Cruising Authority’ has raced out of the gates and enjoyed great success in a short amount of time,” said Barry Vaudrin, Executive Producer and Host.  “As someone who’s been entrenched in the cruise industry for over 25 years, I have been very impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of Cruise Holidays’ experts.  To have an exclusive agreement with Cruise Holidays is tremendous for the show. Ultimately, it’s the audience that will benefit the most from this partnership.”