Seabourn’s Chris Austin Named As Virtuoso “Cruise Ambassador Of The Year”

Virtuoso’s Cruise Ambassador of the Year – Partner

Photo, left to right: Beth Butzlaff, Vice President of Cruise Sales at Virtuoso; Seabourn’s Chris Austin; and David Kolner, Sr. Vice President, Global Member Partnerships at Virtuoso.

SEATTLE, August 22, 2019 – Global luxury travel network Virtuoso® has announced that Chris Austin has won this year’s coveted “2019 Virtuoso Award: Cruise Ambassador of the Year – Partner” at the 31st annual Virtuoso Travel Week. Austin collected the award at the Cruise Night Out event on August 13 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. The honor is especially significant as only a small fraction of the network’s more than 1,800 partners are recognized at Virtuoso Travel Week. 

“Chris’s notable accomplishments, including his constant innovation, exceptional knowledge and stellar service, have helped shape Virtuoso into the industry leader that it is,” said Albert Herrera, senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships at Virtuoso. “He values the travel advisor channel and has forged strong and deep relationships with Virtuoso members, resulting in a unique human connection that bolsters our reputation and ultimately elevates the traveler experience.” 

Austin is senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales for Seabourn, responsible for the line’s overall marketing efforts, brand management, sales, and public relations. He is known by colleagues and industry partners as a unique and remarkable leader of integrity, building trust and credibility with leadership, colleagues and customers.

“I’m incredibly pleased to receive this honor from an organization that instills a sense of professionalism and service amongst its many travel advisors who make travelers’ dreams a reality,” said Austin. “I’ve been a longstanding advocate for the travel advisor community and will continue to give them my full support since I’m a firm believer in the incredible value they provide to travelers every day.”

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

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About Seabourn:
Seabourn currently operates a fleet of five modern ultra-luxury ships and is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK, and P&O Cruises Australia. Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL and NYSE: CUK). Seabourn is the official cruise partner of UNESCO World Heritage under a multi-year agreement to help promote sustainable tourism at World Heritage sites around the world.


Notes to Editors:

Seabourn is consistently ranked among the world's top travel choices by professional critics and the discerning readers of prestigious travel publications such as Departures, Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. Its stylish, distinctive expedition cruising vacations are known for: 

  • Intimate ships with a private club atmosphere
  • Intuitive, personalized service provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests expectations
  • Curated voyages to all seven continents delivering award-winning experiences
  • All ocean front suites, luxuriously appointed
  • Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times
  • Welcome Champagne and complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences
  • Tipping is neither required, nor expected
  • Finest resort at sea that is masterfully designed
  • World-class dining, further enhanced through a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas Keller
  • All dining venues are complimentary, dine where, when and with whom you wish
  • Seabourn Conversations, connecting with visionary experts
  • Ventures by Seabourn, optional shore excursions, enhance and extend destination experiences in select destinations.
  • Select purposeful and sustainable travel experiences in partnership with UNESCO
  • Spa & Wellness by Dr. Andrew Weil, featuring an exclusive mindful living program
  • An evening entertainment experience in collaboration with Sir Tim Rice, produced exclusively by Belinda King Creative Productions.
  • Committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability