New! Short Cruise Gems in the Med Now Available

Need a Meeting or Group Event Venue for Late 2014?

MSC Splendida Mediterranean cruiseIf you have a last minute, short program need for late 2014, we have great news! MSC Cruises just announced two new Mediterranean cruise “gems” sailing in November that don’t conflict with Thanksgiving (11/27/14).

MSC Splendida short sailings are:

Nov 16 – 20, 20144 nights – Roundtrip Genoa, Italy
Genoa – Barcelona, Spain – Palma de Mallorca, Spain – Marseille, France – Genoa

Nov 20 – 23, 2014 - 3 nights – Roundtrip Genoa, Italy
Genoa – Barcelona, Spain – Marseille, France – Genoa

MSC Splendida

MSC Yacht Club Butler

MSC Splendida is one of  MSC Cruises’ new-generation “Fantasia Class” ships, featuring the private enclave, MSC Yacht Club. This exclusive “ship within a ship” boasts 71 butler-serviced suites with private concierge, reception area, restaurant, lounge, pool/pool lounge and inclusive beverages. 

Other features of MSC Splendida include Italian-inspired decor, a 16,000 sq-foot spa/fitness center, covered pool with retractable magrodome, four unique restaurants, plus plenty of balcony staterooms and a variety of entertainment options.

Venues for meetings and group events include a conference/board room, a 1,600 seat show lounge, plus several other bars and lounges that can be used for meetings and group events. For more details on meeting space, group dining, and outdoor function areas, download the MSC Splendida Planner’s Guide.

Next Steps

These short gem cruises sell out quickly, so act now to get the inventory you need for your group or charter. Request a group quote, send an email to CruiseAdvisors@seasite.com or give us a call at 888-713-1371 / International: 1-305-432-3002.






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Planning a Cruise Event? Why Booking Direct is Not Your Best Choice

celebrity-reflection_aerialSo you’re considering a cruise ship venue for your meeting or group event – great! Now the next decision is how you’re going to book that cruise. I’m still amazed that planners are willing to take their valuable time to call around to multiple cruise lines and try to figure it all out themselves.

They think that “buying direct” is the holy grail, when there are experienced cruise event companies like Landry & Kling who can do it all for them – at no additional cost. Duh. And, if you require additional services beyond ship procurement, we offer convenient one-stop shopping for all your cruise program needs. So read on if you need some reasons to present to your procurement department (or to convince yourself).

1. How do you know what’s out there?

Are you a cruise expert? If not, you wouldn’t be expected to know all the cruise lines and ships that would be a good choice for your program. It’s like buying a house. You put your trust in someone or some company to introduce you to the right opportunities.

Every day we learn about a new ship or even a new cruise line entering the market – with interesting new ships and technologies. There’s a world of great ships and cruising destinations – with a huge swing in price points. We can open that world for you. [Photo above: Celebrity Reflection, courtesy of Celebrity Cruises] 

2. Do you trust an independent source or someone with a vested interest in the outcome?

If you’ve ever bought a car, you know that the salesperson has only one thing in mind – to get you into THEIR car. Sure. they’ll compare their offering to other brands, but you can bet it will always be favorable to them.

At Landry & Kling, our only vested interest is that you have an amazing program. That means we give you the real deal scoop about the differences in ships – and most important to you, the difference in services and what you can expect once you are onboard. We’re on ships all the time, so we know what’s happening with each brand and who does what best. It’s invaluable insight that can make a difference in the success of your program.

3. Do you know what’s negotiable and what’s not?

If you’ve worked with hotels and feel comfortable with those terms and negotiations, that doesn’t mean it translates to cruise ships. This is a new world that includes things like cap points, port taxes & fees, pre-paid gratuities. If you’re thinking of chartering, you can expect terms like irrevocable LOC and lost on-board revenue.

Part of our free service is to help you negotiate terms and get the best deal for you in all areas of the negotiation – not just the price. Our goal is to save YOU money. The cruise line’s goal is to make more money. Who are you going to trust to look after your best interests?

4. You want control.

Terrific– we’re on the same page, because we want you to have control. It’s your program, after all. We’re here to help you think through how your program can and will work on a ship; we don’t drop off the face of the earth after the negotiations are done. You’re in the pilot’s seat – but we’re your parachute.

For example, would you know where to go when you get a “no”? If you can’t get the meeting rooms you need or the flexibility in scheduling that you desire, we can offer “elegant solutions” and help push your requests up the decision-making line.

In the unfortunate situation when a serious issue arises, like a missed port or delay that affects your program, you can rely on us for resources (like local DMC’s, ground transport, etc.) to get you through. We’re your “insurance” for a successful cruise program.

5. You want to be known by the cruise line.

You want to be known as the buyer – as the person making the purchasing choice. And you are – but only with the one cruise line that you’re working with, if you buy direct. If you plan repeat cruise programs (and we know you will!), you will either be committed to working with the one line you’ve created relationships with, or venture out to a new line and start those relationships all over again.

At Landry & Kling, we bring those relationships to you. After 30 years it’s one of the things we’re most proud of – the relationships we’ve developed with all of our cruise line partners, at all levels. We grew up in the industry with many of the folks who are running the cruise line’s today and our relationships open doors – and great opportunities – for you.

6. You want to prove your worth to your company – doesn’t using a third-party sourcing company take away from that?

Baloney! Lots of companies are using third-party sourcing companies to increase their buying power with hotels. You’ll be considered the smart one in the bunch by using available resources instead of wasting your own valuable time.

Throughout the year, we offer training opportunities like webinars, seminars at sea, ship shopping events, and in-port luncheons to familiarize our clients with new ships and destinations. And our long-time clients know that they get called first when we have unique opportunities like inaugural cruises.

Become a Cruise Industry Insider

Working with Landry & Kling gets you the inside view of the cruise industry, making you a better buyer, better negotiator and “in the know” when is comes to executing a successful cruise event

Call us today for a free group cruise consultation:  (888) 930.9165 or +1(305) 842.3410

[Editor's Note: Joyce Landry is the Co-founder and CEO of Landry & Kling.]






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25 Persuasive Reasons to Ditch the Hotel and Meet at Sea

When it comes to choosing meeting and event venues, it’s time for the C-Suite to make a Sea-Change.

Ship on the horizonYou’re busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, and now you have to plan another meeting or event for your organization. Did you know that choosing a cruise ship venue can save you up to 40% when compared to a comparable hotel property…and it will simplify your planning?

“Sounds great!”, you’re thinking, “but how do I get consensus from the executive decision makers?” If they’re used to meeting at traditional land-based properties, you’ll have to give them a good reason to consider a sea-change.

Here are 25 benefits of choosing a cruise

1. Cost Savings: The average per person cost for a cruise event is $150 per day, based on double occupancy, while a resort meeting can cost up to $500 per person, per day. And cruise programs are more inclusive!

2. Better Budget Control: Meals, meeting space, use of AV, recreational activities and evening entertainment are all included.

3. Less expense for attendees: They’ll appreciate not having to pay out-of-pocket for meals, snacks, room service, valet parking, taxis and show tickets.

4. Ease of planning: You can cross this off your task list – menus to pore over and negotiate, decor to arrange, off-site activities to plan, entertainment to book – it’s included.

5. More bang for your buck: Theaters and lounges feature state-of-the-art sound, light and projection systems and built-in décor, saving you considerable time and money and giving your presentations a greater “wow” factor.

6. A ship is a self-contained environment, fostering relationship-building and encouraging greater meeting attendance and participation. There are less outside distractions on a ship, so your attendees can focus more on the program agenda.

7. Cruises offer multi-generational appeal: Your cruise program will motivate and reward everyone, and simplify your planning for family programs –kids and teens have their own shipboard programs.

8. Superior Service: Ship staff-to-guest ratio is generally three times that of most resorts, so everyone in your group will receive attentive and personalized service.

9. Included activities and entertainment create a built-in spouse program and a variety of options for your group when they’re not in meetings. Kids and teens have their own activities and lounges on ships, making family program planning a breeze.

10. Don’t skip meals or have attendees pay on their own. Meals, snacks – even room service – are included on a ship.

11. An abundance of dining options and ever-changing menus make meals memorable. From elegant dining rooms to intimate specialty restaurants and casual poolside grills, ship dining will please even the most discerning tastes. Unlike hotel banquet meals, guests order “off the menu” in the dining room and enjoy unlimited servings.

12. Special dietary needs? No problem! Cruise ships can accommodate most special dietary needs at no additional cost

13. Welcome Reception included: Most cruise lines offer groups a complimentary one-hour cocktail reception with hot and cold canapes and open bar in a comfortable lounge. Stunning views and decor included, and live entertainment can also be negotiated.

14. International programs purchased in U.S. dollars: Cruises allow you to offer international programs without the financial risk of currency fluctuations.

15. Adventure and convenience included: Your group can visit multiple destinations with comfort and ease on a cruise ship – no extra packing and unpacking. Each day in a new port brings the anticipation of exploration, discovery and adventure.

16. A unique experience on a ship builds company/brand identity loyalty and lasting relationships to deliver a solid return on investment.

17. A secure ship environment, particularly on a full-ship charter, protects company privacy and reduces risk.

18. Humongous Savings on A/V: Ships offer complimentary use of audio/visual equipment including: AMX touch panels, monitors, DVD Players, microphones, LCD projectors, video walls, teleconferencing, plasma TV’s.

19. Wellness Activities: Complimentary use of Health and Fitness Centers with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and workout equipment, some are open 24 hours (nearly all with stunning sea views)

20. Sports for fitness, fun and teambuilding events: Ships feature AquaParks, rock-climbing walls, sports decks with basketball/volleyball/soccer courts, mini-golf, even ice skating, zip lines and ropes courses on some ships! All complimentary, by the way.

21. Blockbuster entertainment options – without spending a dime. No need to leave the ship for spectacular, complimentary entertainment including Broadway shows, cirque-style aerial performers, live music, dance clubs, Las Vegas acts.

22. Close to home: Ships sail from more than two dozen departure ports in North America, so chances are good there’s a port within driving distance, saving you flight expenses and stress.

23. More short itineraries: Cruise Lines are listening to planners and adding more 3, 4 and 5-night sailings, so you can schedule your meetings and still give attendees time to connect with each other and explore new ports of call.

24. Creative meeting spaces lead to creative thinking, new ideas. Sterile hotel meeting room or brainstorming sessions in comfortable lounges with ocean views – which space do you think is more inspiring?

25. No worries about sneaky “hidden fees”. Hidden hotel fees like resort charges (up to $60 per day), mini-bar restocking fees, and astronomical valet parking rates have many planners feeling hotel sticker shock. Your cruise pricing is transparent: Room rate, gratuities, and port fees are clearly outlined in your group quote.

Need more reasons to book a ship?

Give the Cruise Event Specialists at Landry & Kling at call at 800-448-9002. They’ll be happy to give you a free group cruise consultation!









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15 Reasons to Charter with Silversea in 2015

There’s still time to charter your exclusive 2015 voyage with Silversea!

Silver Wind Butlers

Need to get consensus from the C-Suite? Here are 15 compelling reasons to charter a Silversea ship for your next meeting, incentive travel program or special event:

1. Intimate luxury ships sailing to the world’s most intriguing and less traveled ports.

2. All ocean-view suite accommodations, most with private and furnished verandas.

3. A personal butler to indulge every guest with efficiency and expertise.

4. Complimentary world-class dining, including the only Relais & Châteaux restaurants at sea.

5. All on board gratuities included, none expected.

6. Complimentary beverages including fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water, specialty coffees and soft drinks.

7. Complimentary use of show lounge, conference room and other venues for meetings and presentations.

8. Complimentary use of basic audio and visual equipment.

9. Complimentary 24-hour room service.

10. Complimentary fitness center including exercise equipment and instructor-led classes in aerobics, yoga and Pilates.

11. Complimentary in-suite movie channels and film library.

12. Complimentary nightly entertainment.

13. Complimentary 24-hour security (strict guest-only access to vessel and onboard security personnel).

14. Complimentary twice daily suite service with turndown every evening.

15. Fifteen special full ship opportunities to experience Silversea in extraordinary style and value*

SilverseaTheaterBONUS: Remember, when you charter a Silversea ship exclusively for your event, you’ll have unsurpassed security and privacy, plus freedom to customize the ship and entire cruise experience – even the itinerary can be adjusted to suit your program needs!

Sample 2015 Voyages Open for Charter

In the Caribbean

Silver Cloud (147 Suites)
Mar 13, 2015 – 7-nts – Roundtrip San Juan

Alaska Glacier Route

Silver Shadow (194 Suites)
May 28, 2015 – 7-nts – Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage)

Scandinavia – the Baltic

Silver Whisper (194 Suites)
May 26, 2015 – 7- nts – Roundtrip Copenhagen

Eastern Mediterreanean

Silver Spirit (270 Suites)
Jun 19, 2015 – 7 nts – Athens to Piraeus (Athens)

Western Mediterranean

Silver Wind (147 Suites)
Jul 29, 2015 – 7-nts – Rome to Monte Carlo

Learn more about all-inclusive Silversea Cruises.

For pricing and information about all 15 Silversea charter opportunities, please call the cruise event experts at Landry & Kling: 800-448-9002.










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The “World’s Best” Cruise Ship Just Turned One!

Happy Birthday, EUROPA 2!

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises MS EUROPA 2, Crew

When Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 took to the high seas in May 2013, the 500-passenger ship set new luxury standards on the worldwide oceans.

During her first 365 days, EUROPA 2:

  • Traveled a total of 70,000 nautical miles
  • Popped open approx. 30,000 bottles of champagne
  • Received a 97% recommendation rate
  • Was awarded 5-stars-plus by Berlitz Cruise Guide 2014, making it the highest rated ship in the world!

Europa 2 AtriumThese are just a few highlights of EUROPA 2′s first year – isn’t it time to celebrate with your top performers or VIP group on an award-winning ship?

With 258 suites – all with private balcony, EUROPA 2 is large enough to provide plenty of extraordinary dining and entertainment options for your group, yet small enough to privately charter for ultimate exclusivity and customization.

The 5-star-plus EUROPA 2 is now sailing to some of the most enticing destinations in the world. Learn more about Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Europa 2.









 

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MSC Cruises’ New Seaside-Class Ships

MSC Cruises signed a contract with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of two new cruise ships with an option for one more, which will double the capacity of MSC’s young fleet by 2022.

MSC Seaside new ship prototype

Rendering of MSC Seaside prototype ship.

The new prototype, dubbed “Seaside”, will accommodate up to 5,300 passengers and boast innovative features that make it unique in the shipbuilding industry. The two ships represent a new generation of cruise ships that will be completely different from an architectural point of view.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises said:

Seaside is a futuristic prototype because of its structure, shape and versatility…It will be a real revolution in the world’s cruise market, an excellent product for its unique and innovative architectural features and cutting-edge technology.

Unique features of the Seaside prototype ships include a sea-level promenade that circumnavigates the sides of the ship with outdoor spaces, shops and restaurants.It will also have a spacious theatre, a terraced balcony and elevators with panoramic sea views. 

Numerous technological innovations will reduce fuel consumption by 25%, and advanced safety systems will  exceed international regulation requirements.

MSC Seaside prototype ship

Where they’ll sail: Because of their unique design, the two new Seaside ships will be able to dock in any port around the world. While itineraries have not been announced, MSC promises the ships will sail to the most sought-after warm weather destinations in the Mediterranean, South America and Caribbean.

The first Seaside ship will be delivered to MSC Cruises in November 2017, the second in May 2018.

Stay tuned for more Seaside updates!

Learn more about MSC Cruises and check out all their ships and itineraries.









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Norwegian NEXT will elevate cruise events to the next level of awesome!

Norwegian Breakaway hull artNorwegian Cruise Line is making their innovative fleet even more amazing by investing $250 million in ship enhancements, new venues, and fresh, exciting guest experiences. It’s all part of their Norwegian NEXT program that will be rolled out during the next two years, and it’s nothing short of phenomenal!

Building on the success of their two newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, virtually every aspect of the Norwegian cruise experience will be elevated. From new restaurants and menus to re-imagined ship entertainment and activities; from advanced technology to new tropical destinations “Cruising Like a Norwegian” will soon take on a whole meaning.

Norwegian NEXT enhancements include:

Dining Experiences

Carlos Bake shop cake on Norwegian GetawayNorwegian Cruise Line revolutionized dining at sea when they introduced flexible Freestyle Cruising in 2000. The NEXT phase will add more variety and choice than ever – with new restaurants, redesigned menus, and celebrity partnerships. O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar, the popular complimentary dining venue, will soon be found fleetwide. All ships will also feature Carlo’s Bake Shop by Master Baker Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC television series Cake Boss.

Bars & Lounges

Norwegian Getaway SugerCane Mojito BarSugarcane Mojito Bar, a guest favorite introduced on Norwegian Getaway (pictured, right), will soon be shaking things up across the fleet, while an exclusive partnership with the Michael Mondavi family means refined wine lists and immersive wine experiences.

More Entertainment

Rock of Ages on Norwegian BreakawayNorwegian Cruise Line continues their legacy of producing ground-breaking entertainment with more first-at-sea surprises. From soaring acrobats in “Elements,” to the 15-foot revolving showgirl staircase in “Paradis” to the full rock band in “Rock of Ages,” award-winning entertainment will be customized for every ship and itinerary. In addition, expect to see new theme nights and deck parties, including H2Glow Party, the hottest deck party under the stars.

Advanced Technology

Norwegian iConcierge cruise appNorwegian is introducing advanced technologies and innovations, including bow-to-stern WiFi access and interactive digital displays added fleet wide. With a simple scan of their stateroom keys, cruise guests will be able to touch screen signs to order specialty items, get directions, and reserve dining and shore excursions. They can also take use Norwegian’s iConcierge mobile app to manage their cruise experience and stay in touch with fellow cruisers and family at home.

New Tropical Destination Experiences

Bahamas beach - Norwegian Cruise LineWhile enhancements continue on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas, Norwegian Cruise Line is busy developing a new eco-friendly cruise destination, Harvest Caye, in southern Belize. The 75-acre experience is planned to open in fall 2015, and will give guests the option to take shore excursions on the mainland or enjoy the island’s authentic shopping village, water sports or relaxing beach area.

Take Your Group to the NEXT level

With 13 ships (and 2 more on the way) sailing from 3 to 7 nights in Alaska, Hawaii, Caribbean, Bahamas, Europe and the Mediterranean, there’s sure to be one that’s just perfect for your next group event!

Learn more about Norwegian Cruise Line and their innovative ships and itineraries. Download free Ship Planner Guides, and give us a call at 888-713-1371 to book your meeting or group on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship.









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Mid-sized ships deliver upscale experiences plus surprising value

Oceania Regatta in AlaskaWith luxurious facilities, country club-casual ambiance, highly personalized service and the finest cuisine at sea, Oceania Cruises’ fleet of mid-size ships (335 or 670 rooms) are perfectly suited for top-tier meetings, incentives, and group cruise events.

And, you might be surprised to learn, these elegant ships also offer remarkable value.

The Oceania Cruises Experience

An Oceania cruise event is the ultimate reward. With up to six complimentary gourmet restaurants to choose from, dining will be a highlight of your attendees’ cruise experience.

Oceania Fitness CenterWant to keep them healthy and fit? A state of the art fitness center offers jogging, pilates, fitness classes and personal training. They’ll also have access to the world-renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub Spa, wellness and lifestyle enrichment classes, plus delicious Canyon Ranch cuisine at every meal.

Spacious, oceanview accommodations (85% with private balcony) feature rich fabrics and fine furnishings, including the exclusive Prestige Tranquility Bed, luxury 1,000 thread count linens, marble-appointed bathrooms, and ample closet space.

Oceania Riviera Suite

Oceania Riviera Suite

Just steps away from their staterooms, your event participants will find a plethora of entertainment options, including exclusive production shows, headline vocalists and musical performances, a Monte-Carlo style casino.

But it’s not just the onboard experiences that will delight your group! Oceania’s port-intensive itineraries allow more time in boutique ports of call where the larger ships can’t go.

Meeting and Event Space

Oceania Regatta meeting spaceFlexible meeting facilities and stunning theaters accommodate a variety of meetings and group events, while intimate lounges and “rooms with a view” encourage relationship-building and collaboration. Group dinner required? No problem! Meals in all restaurants are included in the price of your Oceania cruise program.

More Value-Added Inclusions

Your budget is kept under control, since virtually everything is included in the price: gourmet meals (including specialty dining), gratuities, taxes/fees, entertainment, room service and non-alcoholic beverages.

Oceania Marina dining roomUnlike most hotels, your Oceania cruise program has no hidden fees or extra charges, no hotel tax added to the bottom line, no charge for a catered luncheon or coffee breakout sessions. Showstopping entertainment, use of A/V equipment and late-night snacks – also included.

Your Oceania cruise event includes:

  • Spacious and luxurious appointed staterooms, most with private balconies
  • Butler service in all suites
  • Free and unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
  • The finest cuisine at sea with single, open-seating dining in all restaurants (up to six), and no surcharge for alternative dining venues
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Variety of evening entertainment options, including: exclusive production shows, jazz nights, disco and dancing, classical string quartet, Monte Carlo-style casino
  • Full-ship meeting and conference capabilities with complimentary audio/visual equipment
  • All government fees and taxes
  • All onboard gratuities

Corporate and incentive groups also receive:

  • Intimate, self-contained environment assures meeting attendance and team building/networking opportunities
  • Cocktail party for your group with premium brands and chef’s choice of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres
  • Complimentary meeting space rental and use of extensive A/V equipment
  • State-of-the-art multi-media facilities for group events

Can it get any better than this?

Oceania Insignia, Regatta and Nautica

Actually, yes – it just did! The 670-passenger Insignia is the first of three ships from Oceania Cruises to undergo a massive $50 million, bow-to-stern refurbishment (sister ships Nautica and Regatta are scheduled to enter dry dock in the coming weeks to receive similar enhancements).

The multimillion dollar makeover brought many of the award-winning design elements from the 1,250-passenger Marina and Riviera ships to the 670-passenger Insignia, while maintaining the smaller ship’s warmth and charm.

In addition to elegant new furnishings and décor for all public rooms, suites and staterooms, Insignia added several new guest experiences, including the popular Baristas coffee bar (always complimentary), a cook-to-order grill at Terrace Café and new outdoor recreation facilities on the Sports Deck. All lounges and bars were also refreshed and refurbished.

Perfectly Sized for Private Ship Charters

There’s nothing better than having a ship to yourself ! It offers total exclusivity, intimacy and security. And since you virtually “own” the ship during the charter, you can customize nearly every detail: branding, entertainment, menus, onboard activities, shore excursions – even the itinerary.

Want to Learn More About Oceania Cruises?

Give the cruise event specialists at Landry & Kling a call: 800-448-9002 or +! 305-661-1880. Or, send us an email: cruiseadvisors@seasite.com.









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Special Offer for Corporate Cruise Groups, plus Meeting Planner VIP Perks

Choose Your Corporate Group Perk and Celebrity Will Reward You!

It’s the ideal situation—Meeting planners get an incredible value for their entire group when they book a beautiful premium-class ship, plus they get the recognition and reward they deserve. Celebrity Cruises makes you look good by offering more amenities for your incentive group or meeting attendees, and then makes you feel good with VIP treatment when you’re on board.

Celebrity Corporate group perks

Choose One of Three Group Amenities*

FREE BEVERAGE PACKAGE
Classic Beverage Packages, including wine & spirits, with beverage gratuities included —a value of $98 per day

FREE GRATUITIES
Prepaid gratuities for two—a value of up to $30 per day

ONBOARD CREDIT
$100 per stateroom for 4- to 5-night sailings
$200 per stateroom for 6- to 9-night sailings
$300 per stateroom for 10+ night sailings

PLUS: Your Well-Deserved Meeting Planner Perks

Book your group on a Celebrity cruise and you’ll automatically be given membership to Celebrity’s Captain’s Club loyalty program during that sailing. Status membership includes:

  • Entrance to the exclusive Captain’s Club Celebration event on board
  • Premium offers, including discounts on Internet service, spa treatments, photo gallery
  • Entrance to the exclusive Senior Officers’ Cocktail Party
  • Priority embarkation (where available)
  • “Guest of Distinction” recognition and stateroom surprises

 How to Get Your Cruise Perks

* This is a limited time offer! Restrictions apply, and you must book before July 31, 2014.  To book your group or learn more about this offer, give the cruise event specialists at Landry & Kling a call: 800-448-9002 or +! 305-661-1880.



 

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Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Baja Expedition for Your Incentive Travel Program

Want to give your incentive group an adventure of a lifetime? How about taking them on an expedition to an eco-playground of whales, wildness & wonder? The Sea of Cortez is close to home, but a world away from the expected. This is an experience guaranteed to motivate and inspire your participants long after your program ends!

Top 10 Reasons to Take Your Group on a Lindblad Expedition to Baja:

Baja California aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird

1. Discover an eco-playground of pure wildness. Lindblad Expeditions‘ 30+ years of experience exploring this “best-kept-secret” of Baja and Sea of Cortez guarantees intoxicating encounters—leaping dolphins, gray whale mothers nurturing their calves, seabirds en masse, and snorkeling with sea lions.

2. Learning and personal attention. Lindblad has the most knowledgeable and experienced naturalists in the region. Some are local experts, and all are passionate about sharing their expertise. The generous naturalist-to guest-ratio means Lindblad’s staff is always accessible—on deck, during activities, cocktails and meals.

3. Special access to whales.  Up-close encounters with gray whale mothers and their calves is a powerful reason to explore this region with Lindblad. They are the only non-local company allowed to use their own expedition landing craft among the whales in Magdalena Bay.

4. Ships equipped with cool tools for exploration. Lindlbad’s onboard fleet of expedition landing craft and single and double kayaks allows your participants to land in inviting remote locations . They’ll be able to listen to whale communications via a hydrophone, and observe them under the sea via the bow-mounted camera with live feed into onboard TV screens.

5. Baja’s undersea revealed. Lindblad is the only expedition company in the region that travels with an onboard undersea specialist, diving and shooting with high intensity lights and an HD video camera. Your group will view this fascinating footage on plasma screens in the comfort of the lounge.

6. Photo Instructors Onboard. A Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor is aboard every Baja departure. A specially trained naturalist, your photo instructor will provide assistance with cameras and give helpful tips on composition to help everyone take advantage of Baja’s countless photo ops—and take their best shots ever.

7. Be a part of genuine citizen science. Your group will witness research led by Dr. William Gilly, Chief Scientist at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University and supported by National Geographic. Watch the Lindblad crew lower scientific instruments that measure oxygen levels in the Sea of Cortez, with the goal of revealing changes in this  ecologically-important zone.

8. Make a positive impact. In 2004, Lindblad founded the Gulf of California Conservation Fund in partnership with the Mexican Nature Conservation Fund to raise funds for conservation projects. Their contributions support a range of local programs, from promoting lower-impact fishing to seabird research, marine conservation, sustainable tourism and sustainable seafood.

9. Wellness Program onboard. Lindblad’s wellness specialist leads a daily stretch and yoga class from the Sun Deck, with unbeatable views of the surrounding sea and landscapes. A variety of spa treatments and massages are also available.

10. Exclusive Video Chronicle of your expedition. Your Group’s Chronicle will capture the highlights of your expedition. Professionally shot in HD and edited during the voyage, it’s available for purchase by the time your group disembark. This is a super gift for your participants – one they will treasure forever!

Your Base of Exploration in Baja

The 62-guest expedition ship National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion will be your base for 7 nights as you explore Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. Perfectly sized for private charter, the ship will feel like home in no time as your group’s camaraderie grows. The lounge is a moving window on the world outside, the bow the perfect place for photography, and the expedition landing craft and kayaks are a means to connect participants up close with the wild world.

Learn more about Lindblad Expeditions, and give us a call at 888-713-1371 for more information about all of Lindblad’s life-changing expeditions.

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