Virgin Voyages is offering up to 6% bonus commission on selected sailings for UK agents.

In addition to the existing 10% commission paid on everything sold pre-cruise, agents will be eligible for a further 3% on bookings made for the next 12 months as well as another 3% on sailings that depart in April and May 2020.

The new cruise line’s base commission is 10%, which is paid on all components of a booking.

Virgin Voyages’ first ship Scarlet Lady will depart for its maiden voyage on April 1, 2020 and sail Caribbean itineraries for its debut season.

About 1,000 UK agents who have registered with the cruise line will also be hosted on the ship when it visits both Dover and Liverpool in February.

Prices for the four-night Fires and Sunset Soirées sailing, departing from Miami on April 1, start from £3,140. Ports of call include Key West, US, and Bimini Island in the Bahamas.

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Tom McAlpin, Virgin Voyages’ president and chief executive, said: “We see our  First Mates as a true extension of our team and recognise their commitment to our brand as valued partners.

“As Scarlet Lady prepares for her maiden voyage in April, we know our First Mates will play a pivotal role in making her inaugural year a success and we wanted to find more ways to show our unwavering appreciation.”

Shane Riley, the line’s associate vice president of international sales, said: “We recognise that our global partners and First Mates are entrusting us to deliver an amazing travel experience for their future [passengers] sailors.

“We wanted to kick off our inaugural year with immense gratitude and extend two amazing bonus commissions for all First Mates.”

It is not the first time Virgin Voyages has offered bonus commission. In September, the line announced that it would pay 5% commission on group bookings until the end of 2019.