Buy The Sea was delighted to host our 15th anniversary party on November 20th. Connecting with our cruise and resort partners and recognizing our joint partnership was extraordinarily meaningful. My personal favorite moment was capturing a photo with my former colleagues from Celebrity Cruises. It was great to reminisce about our early days in the industry and to see how far each of us has come. Here’s to another 15 years! We thank our clients and our partners for their continued support.
SHARING INCENTIVE TRAVEL NEWS
First and foremost - the Virgin Voyages vessels (three on order) will be the first ever "adult by design" cruise ships. We've had adult-only all-inclusive resorts for years - but not one "mass market" cruise line has been previously willing to create ships for adult-only vacations.Read More
With cruise lines looking for clever onboard features and offerings, it is no surprise that NCL has come up with a few adventurous activities. We all found it revolutionary when Dzisney came out of the Aqua Duck water ride. RCCL introduced the Flowrider and I-fly and for those who want to try out sky diving and surfing.Read More
To say that the all-inclusive market is saturated is an understatement. In order tobreak through the clutter, particularly in Cancun and Riviera Maya, a resort has to be truly different. Unico, as its name implies – is unique – from the overall ambiance, to the inclusion of spa, hair and nail treatments, to the favorable price point...Read More
For years I have been telling clients that certain cruise lines like Crystal, Seabourn and Regent are akin to hotel brands such as Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and St. Regis. But what if there really WAS a Ritz Carlton cruise line? Check this out!Read More
The hotel industry is simple. Incentive buyers know the difference between a Four Seasons, a JW Marriott and a Sheraton. Ask them the difference between Crystal, Azamara and Celebrity and they may now know. In their defense – it is NOT their fault. While you can spend a weekend in any destination and visit half a dozen properties...Read More
There Are Dozens Of River Cruises…. And Then There Is The Six-Star Crystal Mozart. If you have been onboard any Crystal ship – you can begin to visualize the style, colors and spaces. I like to call the décor luxuriously bold, yet elegantly understated – as if a billionaire with impeccable taste and an unlimited budget...Read More
As the industry awaits the arrival of the new 2900-passenger Celebrity Edge, I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive reveal that left me mesmerized. Several articles are available via links below, but I want to share my own thoughts and insight into some of this ship’s revolutionary features.
Oh Ship! Baby you’re doing just fine! As with a resort revisit, I find it is important to have a look at cruise ships many years after their debut. The Celebrity Silhouette embarked on her maiden voyage in 2007. Although she carries 2886 passengers – she is not considered a mega ship, but a mere baby in comparison to RCCL’s Oasis class – which is almost double her size.Read More
GUITLY. Yes, I am guilty of basing my opinion of Paradisus Palma Real on a visit I made there many years ago – before they were truly ready to welcome incentive guests. Having spent time there last weekend, I can tell you that this is among the nicest all-inclusives in the industry and certainly the best resort in Punta Cana.Read More
I was delighted to participate in the first ever Celebrity Cruises Advisory Board meeting last week in Miami. Sharing ideas with Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Dondra Ritzenthaler, Sr VP of Sales (not pictured) and Lisa Vogt, Associate VP Incentive Sales was productive and enlightening. We shared our thoughts on sales and operational processes...Read More
This violence is senseless and needs to stop so that our families, friends and colleagues can feel safe. I can assure you that the cruise industry is doing everything in its power to ensure the well-being of its passengers.Read More
What a pleasure to be able to visit the Seven Seas Explorer and explain that every cabin onboard is a suite and every suite has an oceanfront veranda! A few of the items that most impressed me: the ultra soft and luxurious linens and towels, the upscale bath and cabin amenities, the elegant fabric....Read More
Fun fact! The Seven Seas Explorer has over 500 chandeliers! Many of them are in hallways! The lighting on this ship is spectacular. No expense has been spared.
The art work, textured wallpapers, furniture, finishes, moldings, hardware, china, silverware and amenities are all first class on this most luxurious of vessels.Read More
We were privileged to participate in a 90 minute cooking class onboard the ship. The culinary center is run by chef Kathryn Kelly a creative food mastermind who runs a seriously tight, but fun kitchen.Read More
What was not completely rebuilt after September 2014, is either brand new or under construction. The airport is big, beautiful and spotless! Air access is better than most Caribbean islands with flights arriving via all major carriers AND Southwest! No matter where you go the service, friendliness and attitude of the staff is very much up to par and incentive caliber.Read More