Cruise & Maritime Voyages welcomes Darren Chigwidden aboard
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Darren Chigwidden as National Sales Manager (AU & NZ).
Darren will commence with CMV on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 and will be based out of Adelaide. As National Sales Manager, he will provide ongoing support for agent partners in Australia and New Zealand to help develop and grow their business, as well as working closely with wholesalers and national travel agents.
He joins CMV during an exciting period of growth for the company, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Dean Brazier, Managing Director of Cruise & Maritime Voyages Australia, is looking forward to welcoming Darren into the CMV team.
“Darren’s extensive experience in the travel and cruise industry makes him a very valuable asset to our team,” said Mr. Brazier.
“We’re thrilled to bring Darren on board to work alongside our fantastic community of travel agents and help them develop their business.
“At CMV, we greatly value our relationships with the travel agent community, and we are committed to maintaining a brilliant sales team here in Australia, with Darren at the helm.”
Offering more than 20 years of experience in the travel and cruise industry, Darren has previously worked with Royal Caribbean, Princess, P&O, and Cunard. In addition, Darren’s former role at the South Australian Tourism Commission gave him experience in attracting cruise lines to the region to showcase the unique experiences on offer in the state.
Most recently, Darren led the sales team in South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory with the Globus Family of Brands, which includes Monograms, Cosmos, and Avalon Waterways.
Wendy Hernan will continue to be the key contact for agents in Western Australia and Faye Larrarte will support agents in New South Wales and Queensland, while Darren will be the key contact for travel agents in all other states as well as wholesalers and national travel agents in Australia and New Zealand.
CMV has been operating for six years in Australia, with its charming ship Astor winning the hearts of cruise lovers across the globe. As Australia’s leading independent cruise line, CMV’s international fleet comprises of six ships, offering itineraries through Asia, South America, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and more. CMV’s newest ship, Vasco da Gama, will launch in 2019 and will be the first cruise ship ever to visit the South Australian port of Wallaroo.
For more information, agents can contact the Reservations & Sales Support Team on P: 1300 307 934 or +61 8 7123 4033, E: sales@CMVAustralia.com
About Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is Australia’s leading independent cruise line, offering a traditional, boutique cruise experience and exceptional value. This year marks the company’s 10th anniversary and, over the past decade, the cruise line has become known for its relaxed, convivial ambience, exacting standards and high levels of attentive personal service aboard each of its five small to mid-sized ships. This is reinforced by a customer satisfaction rating of 95 per cent.
Nosing into smaller harbours off-limits to many others, CMV offers a range of exciting itineraries around Australia out of Adelaide and Fremantle, as well as through Asia, South America, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe, visiting Iceland, Greenland, the Baltics, Norwegian Fjords, Northern Lights, British Isles and more.
CMV’s global fleet currently comprises Astor, Astoria, Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, and from April 2019, Vasco da Gama