Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will pay travel advisors commission on non-commissionable fares (NCFs) starting January 1, 2023, the cruise line announced on Wednesday (Nov. 2).
The update makes NCL the first major cruise line to compensate travel advisors on NCFs for reservations booked outside of a 120-day window.
The payment of NCFs will apply on sailings departing May 1, 2023 and forward, the company says,
Travel advisors will not automatically receive commissions on NCFs, however.
To qualify for the commission, they will need to submit a marketing plan through Norwegian Central by December 31, 2022.
Since the formation of NCL’s "Partners First" philosophy, the line has been providing advisors with more tools, promotions and marketing assets to help them grow businesses.
"Our Partners First philosophy remains top of mind, and our decision to pay commission on NCFs is further proof of our commitment to this community," said NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer, in a statement. "We want our partners to thrive; we want to see their businesses grow all around the world."