Ensemble Completes Inaugural Further Your World FAM With Silversea

The inaugural trip of Ensemble’s new FAM program – Further Your World; Exclusive Education Trips – was recently completed with a select group of the consortium’s members enjoying a 10-day trip to Iceland aboard Silversea Cruises’ Silver Moon.

Highlights of the itinerary included a visit to the Faroe Islands where participants saw the Godafoss Waterfall and soaked in the Myvatn Nature Baths.  Members also had the opportunity to visit the town of Siglufjogur made famous as the location for the TV show Trapped, as well as spending time in the capital city of Reykjavik with opportunities to enjoy everything from hiking to soaking in heated geothermal pools or grabbing a drink in one of the neighborhood cafes.

On board the Silver Moon, members had a chance to participate in Silversea’s S.A.L.T program – Sea And Land Taste – aimed at giving Silversea passengers access to true local flavors and approaches to food based around their itinerary and ports of call.

 Further Your World participants in the onboard S.A.L.T. Lab for an interactive cooking experience.

In keeping with the objective of providing in-depth destination and product knowledge, there were two onboard training sessions along with opportunities to connect with other members through organized group dinners and receptions.

Jenn Kotacka, Senior Director of Training and Development for Ensemble, said: “We are so grateful to our partners at Silversea for hosting our first Further Your World FAM and to our members who embraced every aspect of this journey bringing back a wealth of knowledge and deeper understanding of the destination that can be shared with clients whose bucket list includes a cruise to Iceland. The response and feedback we’ve had perfectly synthesizes what we hoped the trip would be.”

Sandra Brown, owner of Travel Dreams by Sandra, observed: “The Further Your World program is top shelf and I highly encourage other members to take advantage of these opportunity to participate and learn more about the partners we work with as members Ensemble. The experience was wonderful all the way around including the breathtaking scenery around Iceland and the Faroe Islands.”

Simmy Lewis, Travel Sensations, observed that: “Having the opportunity to participate on one of these FAMS is a wonderful way to experience what we are selling, especially when the supplier host is as knowledgeable and wonderful as our host from Silversea, Laurie Bohn-Isaure (Senior Director of National Accounts for Silversea Cruises).”

Dinner at Slippurrin Restaurant in Heimaey … seen here, from l to r, are Claudia Wisdom-Good, Travel Edge; Martina Mizzi, Travel Only; Laurie Bohn-Isaure, Silversea, and her husband Laurant.

Silversea’s Bohn-Isaure said: “The advisors came fully prepared for this adventure with the required pre-education, training and seminars for what was a full, surround sound approach to advisor education and experiential learning. These agents are now experts in all aspects of Silversea and I do believe this experience will stay with them for a very long time, ultimately enabling them to sell Silversea more confidently than ever before.”

Ensemble announced the launch of the FAM trip earlier this year with a schedule that includes four other 2023 trips:

  • AMA Waterways – September – Featuring a cruise along the Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Egypt&Beyond – September – An immersive experience to learn about ancient Egypt
  • G Adventures – October – An exploration of the culture, nature, and people of Ecuador with an optional extension to the Galapagos
  • Intrepid – December – An Antarctica Adventure

A schedule for 2024 Further Your World FAMS will be announced later this year.