Ambassador Cruise Line Announces Growth Plans for Distribution
Group and Trade function to be split with trade team set to double in size.
Following the arrival of Nicola Harper as Ambassador Cruise Line’s Head of Distribution last month, the premium value cruise line has today announced plans for growth in its Commercial team.
Ambassador will be separating-out the Groups and Trade department within Distribution into two distinct areas, with a view to ensuring that each has its own focus as the business continues to drive day-to-day trading and enhance third party relationships.
The business has announced that is doubling the head count in the trade team and is now advertising several new roles including: National Sales Manager, Business Development Manager, Business Development Executive and Trade Support Assistant. To play to the strengths of the candidates Ambassador is looking to bring into the business, the exact structure of the team will be agreed once the recruitment process has been concluded.
“Ambassador is a business that has stepped out of start-up mode and firmly into a day-to-day operation with all the regular workings of a business built for success,” explains Phil Gardner, Chief Commercial Officer, Ambassador Cruise Line. “Following the arrival of Nicola Harper as our new Head of Distribution last month, I’m delighted to announce our exciting plans as we look to ensure that Ambassador has the right commercial structure in place for Distribution so that it serves our business in the most effective and productive way possible.”
Unfortunately, Moira Gregson has accepted a new role elsewhere and has decided to leave the business. Nicola will be working with Moira in the weeks to come on a handover ahead of her departure on 25th November.
Concluded Phil: “I would like to sincerely thank Moira for the great work she has done during her time with us and wish her well for the future.”
Candidates interested in applying for any of the open positions at Ambassador should send their CVs directly to [email protected]
Note to Editors:
Nicola Harper joined Ambassador Cruise Line on 10th October 2022. She brings more than 15 years’ travel industry experience to the role covering ancillary products, tour operations, bed banks and homeworking, working closely with both trade and contact centre teams. Previous roles include Head of Operations and Strategy at Aquilium Travel, National Account Manager at Attraction World, Trade Partnerships Manager at Thomas Cook and Head of Sales at Beds With Ease.
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About Ambassador Cruise Line:
Ambassador Cruise Line launched in 2021, offering premium-value no-fly cruises to the UK market. Based in Purfleet, Essex, Ambassador provides authentic adult-only experiences combined with a selection of multi-generational itineraries to multiple destinations including the Nordics, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Africa. The cruise line’s first ship, Ambience, entered the fleet in May 2022, operating from her home port of London Tilbury. From the 2023/24 season, guests will sail onboard Ambience as well as Ambassador’s second ship, Ambition, which joins the fleet in May 2023 and heralds the launch of sailing from seven regional UK ports: London Tilbury, Newcastle, Dundee, Liverpool, Belfast, Bristol, and Falmouth.
Ambassador’s extremely experienced management team is led by Chief Executive Officer, Christian Verhounig, and its principal shareholder is Njord Partners LLP, London. Ambassador is a member of ABTA, the UK’s leading travel trade association widely acknowledged as the mark of trust and reassurance associated with travel brands. Consumer funds are protected by means of a financial failure insurance policy managed by TMU Management Limited and underwritten by Accelerant Insurance Europe SA, who are regulated by the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA 3193). The scheme is fully compliant with the Package Travel and Linked Arrangements Regulations 2018. For more information, visit www.ambassadorcruiseline.com