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Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services joins with Royal Caribbean Cruises to offer luxury transportation for cruise ship passengers.
“Now they are telling customers, ‘we’ll look after you,’” De Beer told LCT.
The service is an optional extra and can be added to any of the Royal Caribbean Cruise packages for passengers travelling on the aforementioned ships or from a London airport, according to a Royal Caribbean news release. The door-to-door-service will allow customers to start their holiday early as their travel needs are taken care of from the moment they leave their front door.
The projected numbers of Tristar-related cruise client runs were not immediately available.
Tristar has handled ground transportation for cruise ship lines in the past, but this agreement marks the first such arrangement on a large scale and the first with Royal Caribbean, De Beer said. Tristar potentially could handle cruise ship-related business in the U.S. “We’d like to think it could happen in the U.S., but now we are getting the U.K. [service] up and operating, and then we’ll see where we can take it.”
Tristar has a complete U.S. operation based in Beverly, Mass., near Boston that is run by U.S. chief executive Michael Fogarty. Tristar has a combined European and North American fleet of 526 vehicles, according to the upcoming 2011 LCT 100 Largest Fleets List which is still being finalized. Tristar is tentatively ranked second on this year’s list behind Empire CLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services, based in Seacaucus, N.J.
“From a comfort perspective and luggage space, from a safety perspective, and of course commercially, the Volvos make sense for us,” De Beer said. “It is all a good fit. We have a fantastic relationship with Volvo. They are very flexible and they worked together with us and listened to our requirements.”
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor
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