"Having come from a very large consortium, I really enjoy being a member of NEST because of its ideal size. It’s large enough to have the benefits of things like free direct mail, rewards, support of the cruise lines and tour companies, yet small enough to know the staff and get assistance when needed.

Plus, the networking opportunities like the annual NEST FEST conference and Seminars at Sea are intimate enough to network with fellow members and supplier executives. I believe sharing business experiences with other home-based agents and owners (which I have always been) is extremely beneficial.

— Fran Card, Owner, Card’s Cruise Connection


Cruise Travel Services has been a home-based agency since we started 18 years ago. At that time home-based agents/agencies were looked down on as those annoying little people who didn't and wouldn't really count. My, oh my, how things have changed! Over the years we have been members of several consortiums, some very large and a few very small. We have always felt there was a need for an organization that catered to the needs of the home-based agent/agencies. Thanks to the forethought of a few individuals in the industry, NEST was created. This has turned out to be one of the best business decisions we’ve ever made. NEST offers us benefits similar to the larger consortiums without our having the feeling of being "just another number" in a computer.

NEST has an excellent assortment of preferred suppliers and their blocked group space offering extra amenities is some of the best we have seen. This gives us a definite advantage. In this ever-changing industry, education should be at the top of everyone's list. NEST's webinars give us the chance to enhance our knowledge and speak with supplier representatives without ever having to leave our desks. All in all, we are very satisfied with our membership in NEST, and we will continue to encourage other travel professionals to look into NEST membership."

— Jerry & Myra Funkhouser, MCC's, Cruise Travel Services, Inc.


As an Owner of a home-based/host agency, I came to NEST for a variety of reasons and NEST truly turned out to be a great fit. The support system and membership structure is excellent! If I have a question or concern, it is addressed immediately. If I need assistance, they are there to offer suggestions and help guide me.

The NEST website houses a variety of information at a click. Miss a virtual meeting, get the notes on line. You’re never out of the loop. On Cruise Nest, I love the layout of the site, and seeing the deck plans while booking is a huge help. My favorite feature is having the ability to see what the difference is on all cabins, this feature can help you up sell your clients.
In addition, with a huge inventory of selected sailings to sell into, with the perks already listed, it’s a win-win for any agent and if that isn’t enough, you also have opportunities through NEST Rewards to earn additional commissions. Lastly, every year NEST has an annual conference for its members. It’s a great way to meet not only NEST staff and other NEST members, but have a one-one opportunity with your vendors and network.

NEST has truly helped me soar. If you are looking for an organization that gives support, not lip service, NEST is it. You want a great value in your membership NEST is it. Joining NEST will give you wings!"

— Michelle Duncan, MCC, CEO/President, Odyssey Travel Inc.


Home based agents are one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry and Oceania Cruises is very excited about the dynamic new program Stuart and his team has produced. A cornerstone of our business philosophy is that we will do everything possible to work closely with home based agents and Oceania Cruises is proud to be a partner with NEST. Together, we will provide innovative new marketing programs, cutting edge technology and an unprecedented level of support to ensure the success and prosperity of home based agents."
— Bob Binder, Executive Vice President, Oceania Cruises

Trafalgar believes in qualified home based agents and we are excited to be partnering with NEST knowing they have built a program that will meet the needs of their agents and preferred supplier partners."
— Anne Watson Henry, CTC, Vice President Travel Industry Relations/ National Accounts, Trafalgar Tours

NEST's focus on helping home-based agencies grow and prosper is right on target. Princess is experiencing tremendous capacity growth today and I am confident our aggressive partnership with NEST will take full advantage of these selling opportunities."
— Jim Baer, Vice President of Sales, Princess Cruises


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