Four reasons to book your next cruise with AMA

1. Industry clout AMA Travel is the largest travel agency in Western Canada, booking hundreds of cruises every year. It has major buying power and leverage with the cruise lines – which means better prices. AMA regularly sends its travel counsellors to an array of destinations to ensure they can share the perks and highlights of a locale with clients.

2. Exclusive packages AMA members receive special offers and pricing at 10 cruise companies around the world. For every Royal Caribbean International sailing no matter when and where the ship goes, AMA members get VIP priority check-in, a champagne welcome, and up to $100 USD onboard spending credit. (Not combinable with special offers, restrictions apply.) At Princess Cruises, the perks include preferred check-in, a $50 USD spending credit, and a bonus wine tasting with a sommelier on select sailings.

3. Member rewards For members, it gets even better. Totally reward yourself with our AMARewards loyalty program and over 164,000 partners worldwide. Members get exclusive benefits on car rentals, and save on attraction passes, hotels and more. Plus, earn reward dollars at select partners and cash them in for virtually anything at AMA – from membership to movie tickets.

4. All-hours assistance Impromptu emergencies are the bane of every traveller’s trip, ranging from missed flights to a spontaneous volcano eruption. When they do inevitably pop up, emergency assistance from AMA Travel is available 24/7, whether you book online or in person. That’s a big relief — and often a bigger surprise — for the frazzled traveller. “The clients know who they can call and ask questions,” says AMA Travel counsellor Renee Benoit.Take the case of AMA Travel client Megan Hodges: while on vacation in April 2013, she found herself caught in the mayhem of the Boston Marathon bombing. More than 4,000 kilometres away in Edmonton, Benoit immediately pulled the file and fought through clogged phone lines to contact them. “Is the client safe?” Benoit said of her top concern. “What’s the fastest way we can get them home?” So don’t fret if you lose your passport in Turkey or learn your medical insurance has run out in Kenya. When you book online or in person with AMA, you never travel alone.

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