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Small-Ship Cruise Line Brings Nancy McConnell Onboard the AAA Sales & Marketing Staff

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SEATTLE, WA – Cruise West, the largest American-owned cruise line and leader in small-ship cruising, has appointed Nancy McConnell as Manager of American Automobile Association (AAA) Sales & Marketing for all AAA clubs from the Midwest to the East Coast. As a result of Cruise West’s recent growth with new ships and itineraries, they found this an ideal time to add additional resources for AAA travel partners. McConnell joins Julie Smith, a sales representative at Cruise West for more than six years who will now be managing the West Coast and Canada AAA clubs.

McConnell brings more than 15 years experience in the luxury travel business. Most recently, McConnell spent three years with TCS Expeditions, first as international expedition leader and later as director of non-profit sales. McConnell gained additional operations experience as cruise director at Clipper Cruise Line and international travel director with Intrav, Inc. She also has extensive marketing and public relations experience.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nancy to our team,” said President & CEO Jeffrey Krida. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of our AAA Travel Partners to introduce Cruise West to their clients, and know that Nancy will be a terrific ambassador to continue these valuable relationships.”

~ Up-Close, Casual and Personal Cruising ~

Cruise West offers the opportunity to explore remote, worldwide locales by providing distinctive, one-of-a-kind, personalized itineraries not offered by the traditional larger cruise lines. Cruise West’s smaller ships – nine in all – hold between 70-138 guests each, and the casual style onboard encourages relaxation and congenial interaction between guests and crew alike. The experience is personally enriching through onboard narrative and lectures, special local guests from a wide variety of backgrounds, and the library provided on each vessel. All have forward lounges and ample outdoor deck space for viewing and photographing wildlife and scenery. All vessels are also equipped with inflatable landing boats for up-close exploration of remote areas and shore landings.

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Harriet Zois/Terence Gallagher
Lou Hammond & Associates
Tel: (212) 308-8880; Fax: (212) 891-0200
E-mail: [email protected][email protected]

Gail Manahan
Cruise West
Tel: (206) 892-2445
E-mail: [email protected]

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