To hear the best current and topical jokes about the merits of embarking a Saga Cruise - and possibly source new strategy ideas - its new PR agency (owned by senior citizen Sir Tim Bell), will only have to book a stateroom - on a rival cruise ship!
Sea-going hard working comedians such as Jeff Stevenson have been mining this seam of comedy gold for many years, and no doubt if hired by Saga he'll turn the comedic tables back on his other nautical brands. ....
But perhaps being the butt of jokes for so long is about to be overturned as we hear the Zimmer frames ( where sun loungers on other ships usually stand) have being neatly stacked, branded hot water bottles, and mugs of cocoa readied, because Saga is finally fighting back, err, one measured step at a time...
Some six PR outfits dug out the Nora Batty stockings and lavender water, submitted their credentials and a few creative ideas to support the 2019 launch of the new Saga cruise ship Spirit of Discovery - no doubt so named as the new cruise ship will be both a discovery and a wonderment that the ageing clientele actually made it around the next corner!
Trade Mag PRWeek reported 3 PR agencies were shortlisted for the pitch. The choice of name is unfortunate as TUI have recently relaunched the former RCI Legend of the Seas as TUI Discovery2
Not short of a nautical link, Robin Shaw, CEO of Saga Cruises, said "It’s great to have VCCP PR on board to work with us on our first ever new-build cruise ship communications strategy. It will complement the existing relationship we have with VCCP and their understanding of our brand and our audience."
Chime Communications-owned VCCP works with Saga across all brand and ATL comms, alongside some data and CRM work (whatever that means ED).
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