Once upon a time (1989) there was a cruise line called Renaissance. (I actually worked there in 1992). They built eight R-class ships with a capacity of 684 passengers each. Sadly, the company went defunct after a dismal 2001.Read More
SHARING INCENTIVE TRAVEL NEWS
The brand new RCCL Symphony of the Seas is arriving next week and she is sure to turn heads! The largest ship in the world will be sailing out of Barcelona this summer and making her way to her home port of Miami in November.Read More
I know that when some people think of Holland America - two words come to mind: Senior Sailors! HOWEVER - Holland America is working diligently on a $300 million refurbishment of their existing fleet. Last year they debuted the 2650-passenger Koningsdam...Read More
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
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.
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
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