Your Preview of the World’s First “Smart Ship” [video]

This falls in the “Just when we think we’ve seen it all” category!

Cruise ship technology has come a long way in the past decade or so, but Royal Caribbean’s newest ship is taking it to the next level. This isn’t just a big jump forward – it’s a Quantum Leap, making Quantum of the Seas the most technologically advanced ship ever to set sail!

Quantum of the Seas’ Smart Ship Technology

Where do we begin? How about before you board the ship?

SMART Check-In: To simplify the boarding process, your cruise event attendees can upload their own photo and receive digital boarding confirmation. No forms to fill out, no lines to wait in – from sidewalk to ship in 10 minutes! Keeping track of luggage is also a breeze – once their bags are tagged with radio frequency identification (RFID) at the curb, attendees can track them every step of the way on their smartphones via the Royal IQ app.

SMART App: The Royal IQ is a new IOS and Android app that will help your participants manage their time before and during the cruise. Royal IQ includes a convenient calendar that provides at-a-glance views of their program, and keep in touch with one another and home via phone and text capabilities.

SMART Wearable Technology:  A simple tap of their RFID-activated “Wow Writstband” will allow your attendees to quickly navigate the ship and make on board purchases - it even replaces the old key card.

SMART Connection:  Thanks to satellites launched with tech partner O3b Networks, Quantum of the Seas will offer huge amounts of bandwidth – unprecedented in the cruise industry. Your group participants will be able to stream videos and games, upload photos and share to social media – even Skype – at lightning fast speed. To help put it all in prospective, imagine this: Quantum of the Seas will have more bandwidth that all other ships sailing in the world…combined!

SMART Experiences: This ship is set to deliver more Wow’s unlike anything your group has ever experienced – on land or at sea! Such as…

  • Bionic  Bar: “Mixology meets technology” at the first bar in the world with robotic bartenders.
  • Two70: Technology powers entertainment at the smart new venue, where 270-dergree views provide a projectable backdrop and unique, immersive experience. Dancing Roboscreens and awe-inspiring Vistarama join performers to offer the most complex and technologically advanced entertainment at sea – or quite possibly, the word!
  • Virtual Balconies: Are you including interior staterooms in your room block? Not to worry – on Quantum of the Seas, every room has a view! All interior staterooms have virtual balconies that display real-time signs and sounds of the sea through 80-inch LED screens.

Ready for your 5-minute “Smart Ship” experience? Check out Royal Caribbean’s latest video:

Why Millennials Love to Meet at Sea

Move over, Gen X! When it comes to planning meetings and incentive travel programs, Millennials seem to be on everyone’s mind these days. At a session on emerging trends at the recent Incentive Research Foundation’s (RFI) Invitational Conference , 67 percent of the audience said they are developing new programs just for Millennials.

And it’s no wonder – those born between 1980 and 2000 now account for 36% of the U.S. workforce, and by 2025 will account for 76% of the global workforce.

What motivates Millennials? Whether your planning a corporate meeting, association conference, or incentive travel program, here are a few ways to keep your Millennials happy:

  • Experiences Matter - Include experiences that are rare but extraordinary – unique travel experiences top the list!
  • Keep Them Active – Include challenging group activities and plenty of fitness options (both indoors and outside).
  • Fresh and Healthy Meals- Make sure food choices are fresh, healthy, and inspired – with plenty of variety.
  • Creative Meeting & Networking Spaces – Provide flexible, comfy meeting spaces to inspire creative exchange of idea.
  • Entertainment Options- Live music venues, chic dance clubs, interactive shows - give them lots of variety with “wow” moments included.

How cruise lines are appealing to Millennials

Group on cruise ship deckEarlier this year, CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) also named “Growth of Millennial Passengers” one of the top trends in cruising. Here’s how they’re responding:

Advanced Technology

This is the tech-savvy generation, and connectivity is a must! The cruise industry has made rapid advances to keep up with the digital demand, with shipwide WiFi hotspots; increased bandwidth; and cruise lines apps that can be used offline to navigate the ship and ports, help with planning, and keep in touch with friends and colleagues onboard.

With the announcement this week of stunning “smart” technology on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, the bar has been set higher than ever. Here are just a few of the ways this revolutionary new ship will dazzle your group with first-at-sea technology:

Quantum of the Seas "Wow Band"

Quantum of the Seas “Wow Band” with RFID technology

  • Digital check-in that will allow your attendees to go from sidewalk to ship in 10 minutes – no more lines!
  • Download the Royal IQ app to track luggage in real time on your smartphone
  • Unprecedented bandwidth for rapid connection – How much? More than the bandwidth of every other ship in the world…combined!
  • Robotic bartenders – Yes, you read that right! In the new Bionic Bar, place your drink order and watch as a robot mixes your cocktail.
  • No more keycards. Just tap your wearable “Wow Band” to make a purchase or open your stateroom door (it’s not magic – it’s RFID – Radio-frequency identification!).

Norwegian Cruise Line has also announced that fleetwide technology upgrades will be part of their fleetwide NEXT Enhancement Program. Continuous WiFi hotspots from bow to stern, an updated “iConcierge” app (the cruise industry’s first mobile app), and interactive digital signage will be introduced on all ships.

Creative Culinary Options

Celebrity Solstice-class Qzine

Celebrity Qzine specialty restaurant

No more bland buffets, regimented dining in massive dining rooms, and boring menus! Cruise lines are adding:

  • More specialty restaurants & outdoor venues (Norwegian Breakaway has 28 dining options incl. 11 complimentary)
  • Celebrity chef partnerships
  • “Farm to Table” menus using locally-sourced ingredients
  • Interactive dining experiences (including Chef’s Table)
  • Cooking classes/Chef demonstrations
  • Shoreside culinary experiences (like SeaDream Yacht Club’s “shopping with the chef” excursion).

Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleetwide NEXT enhancements include new menus in the main dining rooms with wine pairing recommendations and more selections that balance traditional dishes like prime rib with fresh dining trends like mojito shrimp ceviche – up to 12 starters and 15 entrees each evening.

Royal Caribbean’s “Dynamic Dining” on new Quantum-class ships provides more flexibility and variety. Your attendees will find 18 restaurant concepts, including 5 complimentary full-service restaurants (instead of usual 2), each with its own distinctive cuisine and ambiance.

Celebrity Cruises – just added Gastrobar to Celebrity Equinox – a new craft beer and comfort food venue featuring live music and a sophisticated lounge experience.

Carnival Cruise Lines is partnering with Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing to offer it’s popular craft beer on Florida-based ships.

Cruise Ship Entertainment Reaches New Heights

Quantum of the Seas Two70 at night

Quantum of the Seas Two70 Venue

Cheesy, second-rate lounge acts are a thing of the past. In the last decade, cruise lines have raised the entertainment bar with aqua shows, cirque-style aerial performers, big-name Vegas acts like Blue Man Group (on Norwegian Epic), award-winning productions and a greater variety of live music. New ships promise a fusion of high-tech and live performances, stunning visuals and special effects, and more interactive shows. Here are some examples:

Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas: Quantum’s Two70 Venue features Vistarama, transforming the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows into any scene with 18 projectors, making the digital scene come to life in 12K resolution – an industry first. Six roboscreens – measuring over 7 feet high and controlled by robotic arms – also create scenes to enhance the live performances.

Quantum of the Seas’ Royal Theater seats 1,300 guests and features latest technology for stunning productions, including Sonic Odyssey by William Close, with a unique Earth Harp and Drum Wall that envelops audience in spectacular show – another new experience at sea.

Broadway at Sea – Award-winning Broadway productions at sea include MAMA MIA! on Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas, ROCK OF AGES on Norwegian Breakaway.

Carnival LIVE Concert Series: While Carnival ships are docked at select ports of call, your music fans can enjoy an exclusive onboard performance by a top recording artist. The 2014 concert series features Jennifer Hudson, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Chicago, Jewel and many more. Artists join the ship while in port, perform for 90 minutes in the main lounge, and debark after their show. Tickets range from $20 to $40 each with limited VIP tickets that feature an artist meet and greet and photo from $100 to $150 each.

Cool Theme Parties:  After the MAMA MIA! show ends in the Quantum of the Seas’ Royal Theater, guests are invited to the Music Hall for a red-carpet, Broadway-style after party with featured cast members from the show. Norwegian Cruise Line‘s H2GLOW Party is billed as “the hottest deck party under the stars”. Think South Beach meets Ibiza! The party has been a huge hit on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, and will be extended across the fleet.

Other Cruise Features with Massive Millennial appeal

Norwegian Breakaway Ropes Course

Norwegian Breakaway Ropes Course

Expanded sports decks & high-adrenaline activities - Outdoor facilities include waterparks, ropes courses, zip lines, rock-climbing walls, bungee jumping, a surfing machine and simulated sky diving.

Deeper destination experiences: Cruise lines are adding more active and adventure excursions ashore with longer times in port (including some overnights). And of course, they get to visit several ports during their cruise – every day is a new adventure!

Shorter cruises: More 4 and 5-night cruises on a greater variety of ships appeal to busy Millennials.

Less structure: Norwegian broke tradition with “Freestyle Cruising”and now other cruise lines are following suit with flexible dining times, more entertainment and dining options, and less emphasis on formal nights.

More for You to Love, Too!

Celebrity Solstice Theater

Celebrity Solstice Theater

  • Meals Included - no budget-busting menus to plan! (Per person surcharges apply at some specialty restaurants)
  • Sports and Onboard Activities Includes – built-in team building opportunities
  • Entertainment Included -no need to worry about logistics, tickets (with exception of Carnival LIVE and dinner theater), transportation costs etc.
  • Multiple Destinations with Minimal Travel Hassle – your “floating hotel” transports you from one alluring port to another
  • No Meeting Room or A/V Expenses – Yep, included!
  • More experiences, more wows, more opportunities for your Millennial attendees to connect and bond – built in!

 





The Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge – 24 Ships in 24 Hours! [Video]

Have YOU taken the #IceBucketChallenge?

Here’s how it works: Participants are encouraged to pour a bucket of ice water over their head and then challenge others to do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within 24 hours.

Carnival Cruise Lines just took it to another level! The cruise line enlisted all 24 of its ships to participate in the icy challenge designed to raise much-needed awareness for the progressive neurodegenerative disease ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Breeze was the first ship to rise to the challenge when Cruise Director Matt Micham threw down the gauntlet by dumping the entire contents of the 150-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket.  He then challenged the other 23 ships in the fleet- sailing in the Caribbean, Alaska, the West Coast and Australia – to get soaked for a great cause. And they had to do it within 24 hours!

But that’s not all - Carnival is also making a $100,000 donation to the ALS Association. A big cruise company with an even bigger heart – will others follow suit?

Watch the video here:

Onboard MSC Divina – Our most memorable moments, plus more to love

Last week, one of our friends from MSC Cruises stopped by the Landry & Kling office to give us an update on the latest ship developments (one of the benefits of being based in South Florida, “The Cruise Capital of the World”!).

MSC Divina in BahamasA few of us had the opportunity to experience MSC Cruises’ Mediterranean Way of Life last December during an inaugural cruise aboard MSC Divina. We were delighted to learn that since then, new features have been added, making this “dazzling diva” even more appealing for meeting and event planners!

But before we get to “what’s new”, let’s hear what the Landry & Kling team had had to say about their MCS Divina experience:

Our Top MSC Divina Experiences

From Joyce Landry, CEO: I loved the framed diva photographs and biographies throughout the ship – Claudia Cardinale, Gina Lollobrigida, Audrey Hepburn…It was wonderful to have authentic Italian food – rich olive oil, creamy risotto, fresh made pasta, great selection of Italian wines. I liked the concept of cruising Mediterranean style in the Caribbean – it added an international flair and distinguishes MSC from other ships in the market.

MSC Divina Waiters

Our waiters celebrate Italian style in the dining room.

Cyndi Murphy, VP Corporate Planning: Boarding the ship, you enter an impressive Atrium featuring two dramatic Swarovski crystal staircases and a classical quartet… what a way to begin a cruise! I also loved the Mediterranean style and stunning decor of the bars and lounges. With 1600 seats, the Pantheon Theater is a spectacular setting for an awards presentation!

MSC Divina Swarovski stairs

Swarovski crystal staircases

Gretta Roque, Administrative Specialist: I heard great reviews of all the shows, but my favorite entertainment was the Dueling Pianos in the Golden Jazz Lounge. The two musicians were very engaging and funny – they had the crowd singing and clapping along during every show.

MSC Cruises Golden Jazz Lounge

Golden Jazz Lounge

Maureen McKeon, Web Content Editor: The production shows in the beautiful Pantheon Theater were superb – they earned well-deserved standing ovations every night. I also loved the delicious Italian coffee and food products available throughout the ship (I am now obsessed with Venchi chocolates!)

Why Meeting & Event Planners Love MSC Divina

MSC Yacht Club – The premier upscale “private ship” experience on a large ship is available for the first time in North America. Sixty-nine luxury suites with 24-hour butler and VIP concierge service, complimentary wine and spirits, private restaurant, lounge and pool are – available for group buyout!

MSC Divina Yacht Club_TopSailLounge

Top Sail Lounge in the Yacht Club

Meeting & Function Space – The largest theater at sea; dedicated meeting space and an abundance of venues for private events – always complimentary.

MSC Divina Pantheon Show Lounge

Pantheon Theater, the largest at sea

Top 18 Solarium for adults offers relaxation pools and lounge beds, on-deck spa treatments, chilled towels, cooling misters, complimentary fruit skewers and a tiki bar.

Two speciality restaurants by critically acclaimed gourmet Italian food emporium, EATALY – Ristorante Italia by Eataly and Eataly Steakhouse.

MSC Divina Eataly Italian Restaurant

Eataly Italian Restaurant

And Now There’s More to Love!

MSC Divina, dedicated to the North American market, is now sailing to the Caribbean from Miami, but in 21015, the ship will begin offering seasonal itineraries, giving planners a wider range of destination choices. Sail to alternating East and West Caribbean ports November through April, and visit Western Mediterranean ports May through October.

Other new developments:

  • An expanded partnership with upscale Italian food emporium Eataly
  • New menus with more health and wellness offerings
  • New Segafredo coffee bar, plus barista demonstrations and classes
  • New enrichment programs focused on MSC’s Mediterranean heritage, including pizza-making classes with Italian chefs, Mediterranean cooking classes, Italian language lessons and more
  • First-ever Aqua Cycling at Sea
  • MSCinema Al Fresco – New jumbo screen on the pool deck
  • Enhanced entertainment program with more live music and greater variety of activities throughout the ship

Learn more about MSC Cruises and download your MSC Divina Ship Guide for Planners. Do you want to hear more about MSC Divina or other great news from MSC Cruises? Give us a call at (800)448-9002 or +1 (305) 661-1880.

p.s. Stay tuned for updates on new MSC ships, including a ground-breaking new project unlike anything ever before seen at sea!







An unpublished short cruise on a new ship – revealed!

Want a sure-fire way to motivate your sales team and celebrate success? Offer your top performers a “getaway” group cruise to the Caribbean!

You’re the first to hear about this unpublished “gem” cruise

MSC Divina at seaOur friends at MSC Cruises told us about a short itinerary on their new ship, MSC Divina. This cruise is unpublished and perfect for meetings, incentive travel programs, or any kind of group event. Sail roundtrip from Miami to sunny Cozumel with two full days at sea – a “surf and turf” itinerary conducive to meetings, teambuilding, shared onboard experiences, and building stronger relationships.

New 4-Night Cruise on MSC Divina

April 22 – 26, 2015 (Wednesday – Sunday)
Miami – Day at Sea – Cozumel, Mexico – Day at Sea – Miami

Need Exclusivity? Book Your Own “Ship Within a Ship”

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. This 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 the ultimate exclusive experience!

On Board Facilities for Meetings and More

Pantheon Theater on MSC Divina, Capacity 1,600MSC 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 (pictured right), showcasing acclaimed entertainment each evening.

Learn more about MSC Cruises and access your 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 / International: +1 (305) 403-3002. Or, send an email to Vicki Fernandez: vfernandez@landrykling.com.

Read more about MSC Divina.






Ramon’s Ship Report: So nice to be back home… even for just one day!

A SeaDream II Site Inspection Report

SeaDream Yacht

It had been two years since I last sailed with SeaDream Yacht Club (too long!), and I was really looking forward to seeing the SeaDream II again, especially after her extensive renovations last November. So I was thrilled to have an opportunity to “show her off”  during a recent site visit in Barcelona with a client who is considering a future ship charter.

Upon boarding, we were greeted with chilled glasses of champagne and ice cold towels. This is standard practice for all guests boarding a SeaDream yacht, and it was especially appreciated on a warm July day in Barcelona. I immediately noticed changes in the pool area – the teak flooring has been replaced, new plush cushions adorn the chaise lounges. The pool area really shined!

Inside the yacht, we were greeted by name by Hotel Manager Christophe and Executive Chef Tomasz, and warm hugs and embraces were exchanged. I had worked with this same team on our last SeaDream program when we chartered both twin yachts, SeaDream I and II, for a “tandem” cruise event in the Caribbean. It was so nice to be recognized and reconnect, and my client was impressed with the staff’s warmth and friendly hospitality.

SeaDream Top of the Yacht barWe proceeded to visit the public area and suites, which all looked fantastic and refreshed. The upper deck with the sun beds and the Top of the Yacht Bar were gleaming – teak has been replaced here as well, and it reminded me of a push South Beach club with thick lounge cushions that invite relaxation.

By the way, one of the amazing experiences on a SeaDream yacht is that you can actually reserve these “Balinese Dream Beds” for a night under the stars. You also receive a set of pajamas with your name embroidered on the first night of the cruise – a great keepsake!

A new Admiral Suite has been added on deck 4 (previously a shop area), increasing the number of suites to 56. This suite is amazing, with a spacious seating area, separate bedroom and large bathroom – it’s my favorite room on the yacht, and truly a great addition!

After our site inspection, the client agreed that this was indeed the right ship for their program. She commented on the warmth of the staff, noting their genuine interest in her event and their obvious passion for SeaDream Yacht Club. She can’t wait for this cruise program to set sail, and honestly, neither can I. Greek Isles here we come via SeaDream II!

SeaDream Yacht Crew

p.s. In case you missed my report on the SeaDream yacht tandem charter, here it is!

 

A Conference Planner’s Challenge – and Unconventional Solution

Connections are the lifeblood of conferences.

Planners know that in order for a sponsored event to be successful, there must be ample opportunities for attendees and vendors to meet, spend quality time together, build trust and strengthen relationships.

To illustrate this point, we’d like to share a challenge a conference planner faced, and the “elegant solution” that saved the day. The planner needed a venue for her association’s annual conference, but wanted to overcome some stumbling blocks that were issues in the past. Willing to try a different approach, she reached out to the cruise event specialists at Landry & Kling.

Here’s a snapshot of the previous conferences:

  • One day event
  • Vendors have limited time to spend with attendees
  • Some attendees never make it to the exhibit hall
  • Difficult to spend time with attendees’ to learn their real needs
  • Attendees don’t have time to discuss vendors’ products and offers
  • Difficult to build real relationships because of limited time together

Obviously, this association’s one-day event model was no longer working. The Landry & Kling sales associate listened to the planner, and this is what she heard: “Vendors and conference organizers need to spend more time with the attendees.” And so our cruise specialist offered a new concept – one that would solve the planner’s challenge and make her a hero in everyone’s eyes.

A New Model: The Three-Day Cruise Conference

Enchantment of the SeasWe proposed a conference at sea during a 3-night cruise to the Bahamas. Our savvy sales team knew that thinking “outside the box” would bring this planner’s attendees and vendors together and help build lasting relationships (and generate leads for the vendors).

Here’s how attendees and vendors came together:

  • Cocktail Reception on first night of cruise includes attendees and vendors (complimentary)
  • Three Dinners Included – The association could schedule vendors with attendees at the tables rotating each evening (actually, all meals are included with the cruise).
  • A Cruise Ship is a Self-Contained Environment – More time to mingle and network between conference sessions.
  • Days in Port – Those with shared interests can plan activities and share adventures together.
  • Shore Excursions - Vendors could pay for excursions pre-selected by attendees, and include a personal note with tickets. (Examples in Nassau, Bahamas: Organized Golf Tournament, Full day at Atlantis Resort, Rainbow Reef and Snorkel Tour)
  • Event Space – The ship had multiple venues available for association meetings and vendor displays (meeting space and use of A/V is complimentary)
  • Meetings after meetings – Vendors have three days to build trusted relationships (spending more quality time with attendees away from the conference floor).
  • More Entertainment With Less Cost – Actually, no cost! Meals and evening entertainment – including Broadway shows and Las Vegas acts – are included on the ship.

 Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Wine with dinner
  • Special activities or team building event in port or on the ship
  • Special logo gift delivered to attendee cabins daily
  • Special invitation literature delivered to attendee cabins daily
  • Sponsor dinner in Specialty Restaurants
  • Special dessert with company logo
  • Professional photography service (group photo or individual)
  • On-board credit for spa treatment or beverage package

A three-day conference at sea was an “elegant solution” for all

The conference at sea created buzz, boosted attendance, and generated leads. Attendees had more time to enjoy the ship’s complimentary amenities and explore exciting ports of call, while vendors had more opportunities to make solid business connections and nurture relationships with attendees. The shared experiences created lasting memories for everyone. As they often say at Landry & Kling, Friendships made at sea are said to last a lifetime.”

You can read more meeting at sea success stories here.

Need help with your conference or event at sea? Give us a call at 800-448-9002 or (+1) 305-661-1880.






Being Stuck in an Elevator – the Brain Shift

In today’s analytic, results-driven workplaces, you might think “being social” doesn’t play a role in success. But you’d be wrong…

The key to happiness – it’s not what you think

Recent science now proves that our brains are wired to be social, with an urge to connect with others that’s equally strong as our essential need for food and shelter – motivating us to live, play and, yes – even work together.

UCLA psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores the ground-breaking neuroscience behind our need to be social in his book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect. Using new brain imaging tools, he’s shown that developing strong connections in our lives is the secret to making us smarter, happier, and more productive.

The implications for meetings?

Building in opportunities to socialize, connect, collaborate and share memorable experiences during business events just makes good sense.

Cruising – the bold and experiential choice

Group on cruise ship deckBesides the cost-savings (dining, entertainment, meeting space and AV included) and travel advantages (visiting different ports of call), the self-contained environment of a ship brings people together in a stimulating new environment where they will simultaneously experience a deeper level of connecting. The following metaphor will make it clear:

Being stuck in an elevator – a metaphor

Recall that time you got stuck in an elevator?  At first you turned inward – frustrated or perhaps angry, preoccupied with your private thoughts or worried about this disruption, avoiding eye contact with others, wondering how long it would take, etc. But then, as it became clear it wasn’t a quick fix, something shifted!

You realized you’d be together with these people for awhile, so you looked around, really seeing each one for the first time. You smiled, said something funny to break the ice, and all of a sudden you were no longer strangers, but fellow-humans sharing an experience. Feeling closer, you each dropped your guard and prepared to make the best of it together, knowing you’d have a fine story to share later.

Now, I’m not saying that being on a cruise is like being stuck in an elevator! So stay with me and imagine — as your ship gets underway, taking you out to sea, away from your everyday life — your brain immediately shifts into a joyful bonding mode, because you know you’re starting and ending together as colleagues, connected in sharing this exciting new experience!  The brain is such a wonderful thing…

You Can’t Build a Rocket by Yourself

The desire to connect and collaborate is fundamental to success – in life and business. As Dr. Lieberman reminds us in this recent TEDx Talk, “You can’t build a rocket by yourself.”











Why Galapagos should be on your must-experience list [video]

A Galapagos expedition is more than just another travel experience – it’s a life-changing adventure. If you’re looking for a destination to truly inspire and motivate your group like no place on earth, you’ll find it here. Watch this mesmerizing video from Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic and you’ll see why Galapagos should be on your must-experience list.

One minute and 32 seconds of pure enchantment – enjoy!

Learn more about Lindblad Expeditions and what sets them apart.

 

Pop the cork and release the confetti! [video]

History was made this week as the very first piece of steel was cut for Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ newest ship, Seven Seas Explorer. On July 15th, 2014, construction officially began on what Regent is calling “The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built” at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy.

When she debuts in the summer of 2016, Seven Seas Explorer will establish a new standard for elegant style and service at sea. Sailing with only 750-guests, the ship will boast the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry. The ceremonial first piece of cut steel will serve as the foundation for an opulent, one-of-a-kind suite unlike any other afloat.

We are anxiously awaiting more details on this new addition to Regent’s fleet of all-inclusive, mid-sized vessels – another great destination choice for meetings and incentives, and perfectly suited for ship charter! During the steel cutting ceremony, Regent Seven Seas Cruses President Kanal Kamlani said:

Seven Seas Explorer will surpass the current standard in luxury cruising, offering a new level of grandeur throughout the ship from its lavish suites to its elegant public spaces and gourmet restaurants.

Watch the video from the ceremony – can’t you just feel the excitement?

Learn more about Regent Seven Seas and download free planner guides for all their ships.