More than half the available spaces at next year’s Clia UK & Ireland have been booked up five days after registration opened.

Delegates will have the chance to visit two of three ships: Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge, which launches in Miami in December this year, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and MSC Preziosa.

The event, which will take place from May 15 – 17 in Southampton next year, had 650 delegates attend this year.

The latest event features a trade fair, a full-day of conference sessions featuring speakers from inside and outside the industry and a gala dinner.

Andy Harmer, Clia UK & Ireland director, said: “Registration has only just opened for the Clia conference next year and we are delighted to see that over half of the tickets have already been sold.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer Clia member travel agents the opportunity to visit such wonderful ships and encourage agents to book early to ensure they can visit the ship of their choice.”

On Wednesday May 15, agents will get the chance to visit Celebrity Edge, on its second visit to the UK after its launch in December 2018.

Alternatively, agents can visit MSC Preziosa, the first time an MSC ship has been available on one of the main conference days.

That afternoon, delegates will attend the cruise trade fair.

Early bookers will get the chance to choose the ship they visit on Wednesday 15 May.

On Thursday May 16, delegates will attend a full day of conference sessions, featuring high profile speakers; in the evening delegates can enjoy a gala dinner with entertainment.

Both the conference and evening events will be held at new venues.

On May 17, the session will be held onboard Queen Mary 2, and will include a special closing conference session, which last year heard from record-breaking explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Further details of the venues, theme and speakers will be announced in the build up to the event.

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