TRAVEL FOR LIFE: Trevor Thwaites, Oceania Cruises' Director of Sales AU/NZ

Who’s the best person to approach for Oceania Cruises ‘mates rates’? Trevor Thwaites! He’s one of the line’s newest recruits & he’s tasked with increasing bookings Down Under.

Who’s the best person to approach for Oceania Cruises ‘mates rates’? Trevor Thwaites! He’s one of the line’s newest recruits & he’s tasked with increasing bookings Down Under.

With up to 13 years worth of cruise experience up his sleeve, Trevor joined the Oceania Cruises team last month with the aim of getting onboard Oceania Sirena. Among other things, of course.

Trevor told KARRYON that he believes the luxury line has only “scratched the surface” of its potential in Australia, and he hopes to usher brand awareness and growth in his new role.

Read on for our full chat with Trevor:

 

How long have you worked in the cruise industry?

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I started in September 2006 in reservations. It was an incredible grounding for my career that has followed.

 

How much has the industry changed since you first started?

Trevor Thwaites, Director of Sales, Australia and New Zealand at Oceania Cruises

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Following from above, the market expansion since then hasn’t just expanded, its exploded. The level of quality and choice in the product that we have access to has never been broader.

The Finest Cuisine at SeaTM enjoyed by Oceania’s guests is a perfect demonstration of how far cruising has come.

 

What made you want to join the NCLH team?

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An incredible opportunity to lead the sales team for an amazing brand, that has only scratched the surface of its potential in this market.

 

As an industry veteran, you must’ve done a fair few cruises, how many would you say you’ve done?

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I’m up to 34 cruises and counting. Most of my trips have been across brands.

 

Which ship impressed you most and why?

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Of the ships I’ve sailed on so far, It’s hard to go past the Queen Mary 2, the nostalgia and the tradition was a very unique experience.

 

Which destination is your favourite to cruise to and why?

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Trieste, Italy. It’s a city with so much history, that has been controlled by several countries over the last few centuries.

The Mediterranean as a whole is a fantastic destination to travel by cruise, affording the opportunity to explore a vast array of rich cultures and cuisines.

 

Which of the NCLH ships are you keen to cruise on and why?

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I’m really keen to try the Oceania Sirena. She’s had an epic journey to become part of our brand and is a testament to the fact that smaller ships can (and do) offer experiences that you can’t buy on the larger, mass-market vessels.

 

What advice would you offer someone trying to enter the cruise industry?

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It’s a wonderful industry to be part of, so whatever it takes to get in, just put your foot in the door. Globally, a lot of very senior execs for cruise lines started in reservations, so you can literally go anywhere from there.

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