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Celebrity Cruises Solstice Makes Waves

Celebrity Cruises Solstice ships offer a gamut of luxury amenities, accommodations and meeting spaces. Up to 3,046 attendees will receive personalized concierge service, cozy plush bathrobes, fresh flowers and fruit bowl—in effort to be more sustainable—along with priority check-in and disembarkation on Celebrity’s “Reflection.”

Philadelphia's Freedom Elite

Sail in Style on Philadelphia’s ‘Freedom Elite’

How often do you board your own private yacht for the day? The new 92-foot Freedom Elite is the only vessel in Philadelphia accommodating up to 110 pax for group charters on the Delaware River. With two climate-controlled decks, an outdoor lounge, meeting space and dining area, the yacht can be customized for a wide […]

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Carnival Cruise Lines is Building Stronger Relationship with MPI

Carnival Breeze Cruise lines these days are working overtime to attract the meetings and incentive market with newer/reconfigured ships designed with more meeting space, dedicated F&B venues and experiential teambuilding opportunities. One of the early adopters, Carnival Cruise Lines offers a choice of 23 ships departing 20 cities, including 15 in the U.S. “Carnival was […]

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Top 5 Gamboa Tours to Experience the Best of Panama

With the Panama Canal currently expanding, there is a huge boom in new development in both Panama’s urban and resort destinations. Groups from all over the Americas are traveling to centrally located Panama for meetings and conventions, but they’re also booking a whole host of pre/post-session adventures to experience the abundant wildlife, native rainforests and […]

Norwegian Cruise Line Launches

Norwegian Cruise Line Launches ‘Breakway’ in Spring 2013

“We like to say: ‘Love like a Venetian, chill like a Jamaican and cruise like a Norwegian,’” says Ailene Sorice, corporate sales manager for Norwegian Cruise Line. Sorice explains that the cruise company has always highlighted that type of freespirited lifestyle aboard their ships, where people are free to organize their own itineraries and soak […]

American Queen Steams

American Queen Steams Along the Mississippi River

The American Queen, the world’s largest paddlewheel steamboat, makes a much anticipated return to river cruising after several, post hurricane Katrina years at rest. This revitalized river boat boasting a $6 million overhaul will offer 3- to 10-night journeys through America’s heartland from Memphis, its home port, New Orleans, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, […]

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Oceania Cruises’ New Ships Offer Fab Food + Tasty Teambuilding

Group cruising is kicked up a notch with Oceania Cruises’ two new luxury vessels, offering exotic itineraries and an expansive list of dining and activity options. Onboard their 1,250-pax Marina, or sister ship Riviera (set to debut in May), groups can enjoy: 10 fine-dining venues on each and designer touches that include a Lalique Grand […]

Celebrity Cruise Meetings Offer Large Space, Shorter Sailings + Exceptional Service

We attended a “ship shopping” event last week where we were able to scope out a few of the latest ships from all three cruising categories, from mass market to luxury. Celebrity Cruises‘ Celebrity Solstice caught our eye with its meetings-friendly brand. Larger than usual venues offer excellent meeting spaces, and their highly-regarded food and entertainment make for over-the-top […]

Royal Caribbean Oasis

Royal Caribbean’s ‘Oasis Class’ Ships are Easily Customized for Groups

Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas are sister ships in Royal Caribbean International’s “Oasis Class.” Sailing from Fort Lauderdale year-round on alternate 7-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, these ships have been especially appealing to meeting professionals who are considering a program at sea. Royal Caribbean built these large vessels around the “neighborhood” […]

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Explore Antarctica with Abercrombie + Kent Incentive Cruising

For more than 20 years, tour operators Abercrombie & Kent have offered a variety of cruise itineraries to Antarctica, embarking on over 150 voyages. Their ‘Classic Antarctica’ itinerary allows groups of 199 pax to enjoy the natural beauty of the White Continent’s majestic glittering glaciers and hardy wildlife aboard their newest and most environmentally-friendly vessel, […]

Sailing an America's Cup racing yacht off Auckland

America’s Cup Racing, New Zealand: This Ain’t the Caribbean, Mate

Within 30 hours of arriving in New Zealand, I’ve crossed the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland twice: once in a sleek America’s Cup sailboat; the other aboard a superyacht. During that time, I heard repeatedly that Auckland is home to the highest number of boats per capita in the world. Upon relaying this information during dinner […]

I Brought All the Wrong Shoes! A Mini-Expedition Aboard Lindblad’s National Geographic Sea Bird

[Editor’s Note: Author of this post, Karyn Altman is vp of business development for Landry & Kling and Seasite.com. (See bio below). She’d love to tell you more about her Lindblad Expeditions experience. Give her a call at 305 403-3002/888 713-1371 ext 123; or email: kaltman@seasite.com.] Admittedly, that title is a slight exaggeration. Of the five pairs of shoes I packed for […]

Bergen Norway Glacier Tour

Bergen, Norway: Gateway to the Fjords

Carved by glaciers grinding mountains through the millennia, Norway’s majestic fjords are located along the west coast. The city of Bergen is the jumping off point accessible via a 1-hour flight from Oslo, as well as numerous other European capitals. Back in the day, a fleet of postal steam ships delivered the mail up and […]

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Hornblower Cruises Offers Really Green New York Meetings Aboard New Hybrid Yacht

Hornblower Cruises & Events has launched America’s first hydrogen hybrid yacht, available for private group events traveling up and down New York City’s waters. Wave hello to Lady Liberty, a 600-passenger eco-friendly vessel powered by hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines. The ship’s sustainable measures include aggressively reduced emissions and recycled components. Its blue-tinted […]

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Dinner + Dancing Aboard the Floridian Princess

With over 300 miles of waterways, Fort Lauderdale is often called the Venice of this country. We can’t imagine a better way to enjoy these winding waters of the Intracoastal than a night of dining and dancing in the moonlight aboard Charter One Yacht Charters’ Floridian Princess. The 400-pax yacht sat proudly among the other […]

Planner’s Pick: Buenos Aires

From its people to its geography, Argentina’s culture is the best indicator of how varied this country really is. It’s home to hot, sensual tango dancing and cool, cultural experiences. We sat down with Lauren Ostrin, senior program manager for Impact Incentives, to get an inside look at a few educational and entertaining options for groups visiting […]

The Plastiki

Sustainability: The Next Big Thing

Last year, explorer David de Rothschild sailed from San Francisco to Sydney aboard the Plastiki—a sailboat built out of 2-liter plastic soda bottles—to raise awareness about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. One of five such “gyres” (swirling eddies) in the world, this soup of plastic sludge many times higher in toxic concentration than average is […]

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