This Awe-Inclusive Ship Just Got More Awesome

Regent Seven Seas Cruises just completed a multi-million dollar refurbishment to their all-suite, all-balcony, all-inclusive ship Seven Seas Mariner. When your incentive travel participants or meeting attendees board the 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner, they’ll find suites and lounges upgraded with elegant new furnishings, rich upholstery, custom-milled carpeting and hand-selected accents.

Highlights of the Seven Seas Mariner transformation include:

  • Grand, Master, Mariner, Seven Seas, Horizons and Penthouse Suites received all-new furniture, upholstery, lighting and wall coverings. Each features sophisticated décor with new sofas and chairs, dining tables, lamps and accent lighting.

    Seven Seas Mariner Master Suite

    Seven Seas Mariner Master Suite

  • The two-deck high, state-of-the-art show theatre was renovated with a new LED wall to enhance the on-stage productions, and new carpeting, upholstery, wall coverings, cocktail tables, wall sconces, banquettes and chairs.
Seven Seas Mariner - Constellation Theater

Seven Seas Mariner – Constellation Theater

  • Stars Lounge features a dramatic new décor and ambiance and the Horizon Lounge received a distinctive new stone-fronted bar, chic new furnishings, lustrous wall coverings, and new lighting. The Mariner Lounge was reconfigured with a spacious “open” floor plan and features a new bar, stone flooring, new lamps and tables.
Seven Seas Mariner - Star Lounge

Seven Seas Mariner – Star Lounge

  • The Observation Lounge sports a stunning new décor. A dramatic new back-lit bar offers sweeping 270 degree views.
Seven Seas Mariner-Observation Lounge

Seven Seas Mariner-Observation Lounge

  • The Fitness Center was equipped with brand new state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
  • The Pool Deck, as well as the ship’s outdoor relaxation areas, were furnished with brand new resort-style sofas, chairs, and loungers. The Pool Grill and La Veranda also received eye-catching upgrades with new mosaic tiling, new wall coverings, draperies, lighting and awnings.
Seven Seas Mariner - LaVeranda

Seven Seas Mariner – La Veranda

Mediterranean Voyages – Awesome Experiences Included

Regent Seven Seas Cruises in Greece

Seven Seas Mariner in Greece.

Seven Seas Mariner’s exquisite new look pairs perfectly with alluring Mediterranean itineraries. Regent is the only cruise line that includes FREE shore excursions in every port of call, in every destination. A few of the 7-night voyages include:

  • Venice to Rome (up to 21 Free Excursions)
  • Rome to Monte Carlo (up to 20 Free Excursions)
  • Monte Carlo to Barcelona (up to 29 Free Excursions)
  • Barcelona to Rome (up to 31 Free Excursions)
  • Istanbul to Athens (up to 23 Free Excursions)

Along with free excursions, all Regent Seven Seas voyages include all ocean-view suites (most with private balcony), in-suite bar set-up with choice of premium liquor, open bar throughout the ship, gratuities, all dining (including specialty restaurants), complimentary meeting space and use of A/V, free Wi-Fi for guests in Concierge Suite and higher…and more!

Looking for a different destination or smaller ship? Regent’s 700-passenger Seven Seas Voyager recently underwent a similar refurbishment and 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator was upgraded in 2012.

Learn more about the Regent Seven Seas Cruises experience, and download your free Ship Planner Guides. All three awe-inclusive ships are perfect for private charter – call us at 888-713-1371 to learn more!

 

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Mind-blowing News about Wi-Fi at Sea

With bow-to-stern Wi-Fi and increased bandwidth on most ships, connectivity at sea is at an all-time high. We’ve been keeping a watchful eye on updates as cruise lines race to keep up with new technology. And Internet prices – joyously – are coming down.

But this news literally made my jaw drop:

Oasis of the SeasA major technology investment by Royal Caribbean International gives guests aboard two of its newest ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, more wireless capacity than every other cruise ship in the world…(wait for it)… combined!

Do you get how enormous that is?

Imagine if all  300+ ships sailing around the world today got together to pool their bandwidth (the volume of information per unit of time that an Internet connection can handle). Now wrap your head around the fact that two ships have more bandwidth than that. Mind-blowing, wouldn’t you say?

What that means is the onboard WiFi connectivity on Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will now match or even exceed speeds that guest can get on land. This is HUGE!

How did Royal Caribbean do it?

They paired a new generation of medium-Earth-orbit satellites with sophisticated, custom-built antennae. O3b, the cruise line’s satellite communications partner, calls it “fiber speed with satellite reach”. The result is the kind of breakthrough connectivity Royal Caribbean guests expect – and corporate groups demand.

According to Adam Goldstein, President & CEO, Royal Caribbean International:

If you’re a first-time guest on one of these ships, you won’t realize how much work it took to make the wireless so pervasive – or that your cell ‘tower’ is 4,900 miles over your head. If you are a return guest, you’ll be blown away by the improvement. It’s that dramatic.

For the first time, cruise guests can download streaming video and post video clips to Facebook. And, Royal Caribbean teases, by the time the new system becomes available on their newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, guests will be able to enjoy several new, show-stopper uses of the bandwidth.

But for now, details on Quantum WiFi (and new pricing plans) will have to wait. According to Royal Caribbean, information on the newest tech surprises “is not yet available for download.”

Learn more about Royal Caribbean and download free Ship Planner Guides

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Event apps and social media strategies – 5 awesome, free resources for planners

Technology and social media is a game-changer for meetings and events – but it’s evolving at breakneck speed. With all the projects on your overflowing plate, how do you keep up?

Relax – we did some of the work for you! We searched the web and found five new, invaluable resources to streamline your workflow and save you time, help you choose the right event apps or develop your own, execute a flawless event marketing strategy, and leverage social media for your event.

Free Resources for Meeting & Event Planners

1. Event App Bible v2

Event App Bible v2Event App Bible v2 is the new version of Event Manager Blog’s popular guide to evaluate, compare and understand event mobile apps. This is the most comprehensive and unbiased research you’ll find about mobile apps for events – a must-have for every meeting & event planner!

What’s New?

  • 95% of the content is new. New write up, new tables, new comparison charts
  • New comparison tables assesses features against price ranges
  • Results of an unprecedented user research with over 500 participants
  • New post purchase section with tactics to foster adoption
  • Includes strategy and RFP checklist to help with selection process

Download your free copy of Event App Bible v2 - no email submission required.

2. Definitive Guide to Event Marketing by Marketo

Marketo Guide to Email MarketingThe new 120-page Event Marketing Workbook from Marketo will help you develop a flawless event strategy. Jam packed with worksheets, templates, and checklists, the Definitive Guide to Event Marketing is your one stop shop for driving measurable results from your event marketing.

You’ll learn:

  • The top 4 reasons to include events as part of your marketing strategy
  • Key strategies to promote your event through email, social, and PR
  • How to run a flawless webinar or virtual event
  • How to rock out a huge conference or tradeshow step-by-step
  • Effective follow-up techniques that convert your attendees, and “no shows”
  • The ins and outs of calculating event ROI

Download your free Definitive Guide to Event Marketing.

3. Mobile Apps for Events: Now it’s Personal

Cvent mobile-apps-ebookCrowdCompass by Cvent offers mobile app development for all types of corporate events, and their free eBook will show you how to create a more personal event experience and help attendees feel a stronger connection to your event before it even begins.

Unlike a printed guide, your app gives attendees a more convenient way to truly interact with your event. Before they pack, get on a plane, or wait in line to check in, they can connect with other attendees, create reminders for sessions, follow speakers on Twitter, join social media conversations, and much more — all within the app.

Download the Free ebook: Mobile Apps for Events: Now it’s Personal.

4. Social Media Power Play for Events

CrowdCompany mobile apps for eventsSocial Media strategies before and during your event are different and you need to plan accordingly. This free eBook from Cvent is a step-by-step guide to help event planners leverage social media during their events to maximize the experience for attendees, increase engagement and build event loyalty.

You’ll Learn:

  • The Benefits of social media for event marketing
  • Reclaiming attendees attention in a four-screen world
  • Creating a social media hub
  • Amplifying your events’ best moments
  • Handling feedback through social media
  • Engaging influencers and attendees on social media

Download the free eBook, Social Media Power Play for Events.

5. Zen Alpha

ZenAlpha event planner appThe ZenAlpha app promises to give meeting & event planners their lives back. How? By bringing a new level of collaboration and coordination to organizing corporate and group events.

Everything in ZenAlpha is optimized to meet the needs of the event professional. Use the application on your laptop, tablet or phone to manage the documents, contracts, discussions, suppliers and finances for your event. You’ll have the information at your fingertips when and where you need then – not buried in email or filed in the office.

Here’s the pricing plan for ZenAlpha. It’s FREE - at least for now. All users who sign up during the launch period will be free forever. To learn more, go to www.zenalpha.com

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Dynamic Dining: Complimentary Culinary Experiences on New Royal Caribbean Ships [video]

There’s a new world of culinary exploration coming soon on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. Royal Caribbean’s new “Dynamic Dining” concept will give your group more distinct options and flexibility. There are eighteen tantalizing venue options onboard, including five complimentary, full-service main restaurants.

Royal Caribbean has re-imagined the complimentary main dining rooms on their newest ships. The five main restaurants – each uniquely different from the other – will provide intimate and memorable experiences for your group. With no set dining times and no assigned seats, your participants will have the flexibility to shape their own epicurean journey on Quantum of the Seas.

Three new restaurants feature culinary creations from award-winning chefs, and a a new specialty restaurant, Wonderland, will infuse elements of surprise and delight throughout the dining experience. From upscale to casual to wonderfully whimsical, your meeting or incentive Quantum of the Seas attendees will find an epicurean journey to WOW!

Enjoy a taste of Dynamic Dining:

Learn more about the Royal Caribbean Wow experience, and download free ship planner guides.

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What’s a “Cruise Gem”? Why Should You Care?

Jo King, President, Landry & KlingFor business meetings, short trips are best. However, the newest and best ships are usually scheduled for longer trips where cruise lines earn more, and passengers expect more. That’s a predicament for planners.

Landry & Kling’s elegant solution:

We search beyond the normal short-cruise choices to find unusual short cruises for business groups. And we regularly check with our industry contacts for news of special short departures. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack!

Where do we find them?

Occasionally there are juicy “short opportunities” on top ships because of schedule changes. Or there may be days left over from a ship charter (we call them “remnants”) or because a charter has fallen through, or cruise execs decide they’ll have better success selling a published itinerary by splitting it in 2 shorter halves, or whatever!

Often these opportunities are not published anywhere, which is why we collect them, and are happy to announce we are now making our ever-changing list of “cruise gems” available to our readers. (We call them Gems because they’re rare and hard to find.)

Want to stay posted on new opportunities as we uncover them?

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Rare, Short “Gem” Cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line Ships

Norwegian Pearl Rock Climbing WallNorwegian Cruise Line continually raises the bar on innovation at sea, and their “Freestyle” ships are popular venues for all types of corporate group events.  So here are a few unique short cruises (we call these rare finds “gems) that might be just right for your next meeting or incentive travel program.

The itineraries we’ve included represent a sampling of the many short cruises now available on Norwegian ships. In addition to a wide range of dining options, meeting facilities, and some the best entertainment at sea, all three ships listed below – Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Epic, and Norwegian Gem – feature The Haven by Norwegian, an exclusive “ship within a ship” enclave that’s available for group buy-out.

The Haven Courtyard on Norwegian Gem

The Haven Courtyard on Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Unique, Short Cruises*

Sept 28, 2014 – 5 nt. Pacific Coastal, Vancouver to Los Angeles – Norwegian Pearl
Vancouver – Astoria – Day at Sea – San Francisco – Day at Sea – Los Angeles

Apr 30, 2015 – 3 nt. Mediterranean, Roundtrip Barcelona – Norwegian Epic
Barcelona – Provence (Marseille) – Palma de Majorca – Barcelona

June 21, 2015 – 6 nt. Canada & New England, Roundtrip NYC – Norwegian Gem
New York – Day at Sea – Halifax – St. John (Bay of Fundy) – Portland, ME – Day at Sea – New York

* These cruises represent a sample of Norwegian Cruise Line’s short itineraries.

Want the full “gem” list?

Fireworks display during Norwegian Breakaway cruise.Contact us at 888-713-1371 or send an email to CruiseAdvisors@seasite.com for more details on these and other short, hard-to-find gem cruises. One of them might be just what you’ve been looking for!

Learn more about the Norwegian Cruise Line Experience, and download your free Ship Planner Guides.

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New Royal Caribbean Cruise Gems Guaranteed to Wow Your Group!

Oasis of the SeasMeeting and event planners, we’re always on the hunt for unique, hard-to-find “gem” itineraries to share with you, so we’re pleased to announce…

New short cruises are now available on some of the most exciting ships in the world, including Royal Caribbean’s ground-breaking Oasis of the Seas, and their revolutionary new Quantum-class ships, Quantum of the Seas (launching Nov. 2014) and Anthem of the Seas (launching May 2015).

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas AquaTheaterThese ships feature distinct neighborhoods, top-notch entertainment including Broadway shows, an incredible array of dining options, dedicated conference space, advanced technology, and innovative venues and sports facilities all designed to elicit one response from your meeting or incentive program attendees….WOW!

Here are just a few of the new short cruise gems*

Oasis of the Seas – Mediterranean, Caribbean or Bahamas

Sept 13, 2014 – 5 night Mediterranean, Roundtrip Barcelona
Barcelona – Day at Sea – Rome – Naples – Day at Sea – Barcelona

Oct 27, 2014 – 5 night Caribbean, Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale – Nassau – Day at Sea – Cozumel – Day at Sea – Ft. Lauderdale

Oct 21, 2015 – 3 night Bahamas, Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale – Nassau- Day at Sea – Ft. Lauderdale

Quantum of the Seas – Close-to-home Sampler Cruise

Nov 18, 2014 – 3 night “Out to Sea”, Roundtrip Bayonne
Bayonne – 2 Days At Sea – Bayonne

Anthem of the Seas – European Cruise

May 3, 2015 – 3 night Europe, Roundtrip Southampton
Southampton – Zeebrugge (Brussels) – Le Havre (Paris) – Southampton

* This is a sampling – there are many more short gem cruises on Royal Caribbean ships to choose from!

Want the full gem list?

Contact us at 888-713-1371  or send an email to CruiseAdvisors@seasite.com for more details on these and other short, hard-to-find gem cruises. One of them might be just what you’ve been looking for!

Learn more about the Royal Caribbean experience, and download free Ship Planner Guides.

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New Celebrity Cruise Gems for a Taste of “Modern Luxury”

Doesn’t your meeting or incentive group deserve a “modern luxury” experience?

Celebrity Solstice Sky BarCelebrity Cruises has a few rare, short cruise “gems” on two beautiful Solstice-class ships that are perfect for your top achievers.

Delightful dining experiences, breathtaking entertainment, beautiful conference facilities, world-class accommodations and intuitive service are Celebrity hallmarks. Their premium ships are designed to inspire and motivate, with remarkable value built right in.

Whether your program calls for a tropical getaway to the Caribbean, or a voyage “down under” with two full days at sea, these gems might be just what you’ve been looking for!

Celebrity Eclipse – Western Caribbean Cruises

Dec 13, 2015 – 5 nts – Roundtrip Miami
Miami – Day at Sea – Costa Maya, Mexico – Cozumel – Day at Sea – Miami

Jan 5, 2016 – 5 nts – Roundtrip Miami
Miami – Nassau – Day at Sea – Grand Cayman – Day at Sea – Miami

Celebrity Solstice – Sydney Sampler

Oct 23, 2014 – 3 nts – Roundtrip Sydney
Sydney – 2 days at sea – Sydney

Next Steps

Celebrity Solstice TheaterLearn more about Celebrity Cruises and download free Ship Planner Guides. For help in choosing a Celebrity ship and itinerary for your next event, give us a call at 888-713-1371.

Here are 10 Reasons to Book a Modern Luxury Venue for your Next Event.

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Shorter Cruises, More Incentive Program Perks on the “World’s Best” Ships

Crystal Cruises’ passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned them more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history. Don’t your star performers deserve the best?

Crystal Serenity suite

Crystal Serenity oceanview suite

Two beautiful ships, Crystal Symphony (940 guests) and Crystal Serenity (1072 guests) are perfect for planners seeking a high-end, luxury, all inclusive venue for a corporate meeting or incentive travel program. Need absolute security and the freedom to customize your program? Both ships are perfectly suited for private charter.

CrystalSerenityTridentGrill

Crystal Serenity Trident Grill

In the past, Crystal’s long voyages may not have been on your meeting or incentive destination radar, but here’s great news: Crystal has increased the number of “shorter” 7-days cruise offerings for 2015 on both ships.

Here are a few of Crystal’s new 7-night voyages*

Crystal Serenity Norwegian Fjord cruise

Crystal Serenity sailing through Norwegian Fjords

Close to Home (but a world away)

May 11- 18, 2015 – Roundtrip Los Angeles - Crystal Serenity
Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – San Francisco (overnight/2 days) – Day at Sea – Ensenada – San Diego – Los Angeles

Oct 24 – Oct 31, 2015 – Roundtrip New York - Crystal Symphony
New York – Newport – Boston – Bar Harbor – Saint John – Lunenburg – Day at Sea – New York

Mediterranean Treasures

Sept 6 – 13, 2015 – Venice to Istanbul - Crystal Serenity
Venice (2 days/overnight) – Dubrovnik – Day at Sea – Mykonos – Izmir – Istanbul (2 days/overnight)

Nov 6 – 13, 2015 – Monte Carlo to Lisbon - Crystal Serenity
Monte Carlo (2 days/overnight) – Barcelona – Valencia – Alicante – Gibraltar – Portimao – Lisbon

Wonders of Northern Europe

Aug 16 – 23, 2015 – Roundtrip Copenhagen - Crystal Serenity
Copenhagen – Berlin – Day at Sea – Helsinki – St. Petersburg (2 days/overnight) – Day at Sea – Copenhagen

*This is just a sample list – there are many more enticing 7-night voyages available!

Special Incentive Program Amenities:

All-inclusive Crystal Cruises has added more value components to their Incentive & Meeting packages:

  • $200 USD per person shipboard credit (SBC)
  • Private cocktail reception including all hors d’oeuvres and cocktail drinks
  • Open bar service in all lounges throughout the ship
  • Fine wines, premium spirits and beers
  • Non-alcoholic drinks including bottled water, sodas, and espresso drinks all throughout the vessel.
  • Specialty Restaurant dining in Nobu Matsuhisa’s Silk Road ,The Sushi Bar; and Prego
  • Pre-paid basic gratuities for the shipboard staff,

Crystal Serenity_Starlite LoungeLearn more about Crystal Cruises and download your free ship planner guides. To learn more about Crystal voyages and to inquire about group or charter rates, give us a call at 888-713-137, or send an email to CruiseAdvisors@seasite.com.

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A Short Cruise “Gem” That’s Simply Divine

MSCDivina-DivaChic

Corporate meeting planners, here’s a sure-fire way to motivate your sales force to reach their goals: incentivize them with a group cruise to the Bahamas aboard a dazzling new ship – MSC Divina. Our sales partner at MSC Cruises shared a rare, short itinerary from Miami that’s unpublished and perfect for meetings, incentives, or any kind of group event.

New Short Cruise on MSC Divina

February 14, 2015 – 4 nights (Sat – Wed)
Miami – Nassau – Cococay, Bahamas (private cruise line island) – Day at Sea – Miami

Need Exclusivity and a “Private Ship” Experience?

MSC Yacht Club Butler

MSC Yacht Club Butler

MSC Divina is the first ship sailing in the Caribbean to offer the cruise line’s exclusive MSC Yacht Club – available for group buyout. his exclusive ship-within-a-ship complex includes 69 luxury suites, each with private Butler; 24-hour concierge service; complimentary wines and spirits available throughout the day; plus a private lounge, restaurant pool and relaxation area. Reserve the entire Yacht Club to give your group a heavenly experience!

On Board Facilities for Meetings and More

Pantheon Theater on MSC Divina, Capacity 1,600

Pantheon Theater on MSC Divina, Capacity 1,600

MSC Divina boasts three dining rooms and a Tex-Mex alternative restaurant, over a dozen bars and lounges (many suitable for meetings), a dedicated conference room, and a 1,603-seat Theater showcasing acclaimed entertainment each evening.

Learn more about MSC Cruises and access a free Planner’s Guide for MSC Divina. To book your meeting, incentive, or group event on MSC Divina, give us a call at 888-713-1371. Want to receive alerts for new gem cruises? Subscribe to the Seasite Blog today!

 

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