Jo Kling, president of Miami-based Landry & Kling Events at Sea, fell in love with cruising on a trans-Atlantic crossing of a student ship during a college break, and has been cruising ever since. She and Joyce Landry founded the business in 1982. Their vision then and now is to make it easier for meeting professionals to use cruise ships to deliver exceptional travel experiences. The company’s only focus is cruise events, and all services necessary to yield phenomenal results and value. Their track record with full-ship charters is unparalleled. www.shipcharters.com, www.landrykling.com
Want to make sure your meeting or incentive travel program doesn’t rise above the “Meh” category? Choose a venue that offers any — or a combination of — the elements listed below. Meet in a destination that includes all seven and you’re guaranteed a bona fide dud of an event!
Just Say NO to Humdrum Events!
Seriously, you don’t want to plan an uninspiring meeting or incentive program that fails to motivate, right? Have no fear, intrepid meeting pros, there are plenty of venues onboard cruise ships that guarantee your event will be nothing short of extraordinary!
Plenty of culinary options. No shortage of menu choices and lots of healthy options! Cruise ships include a variety of dining venues, from elegant dining rooms to casual waterfront restaurants — with snacks available round-the-clock. Meals are complimentary in the main restaurant and casual cafés, and most ships offer optional specialty dining for a nominal upcharge.
Top-notch entertainment. From Broadway shows and big-name entertainers to daring aerialists and interactive dinner shows, there’s never a shortage of first-class evening entertainment. Prefer a comedy club or sophisticated jazz lounge? Ships have those, too — and you don’t have to plan it, source it or pay for it!
Variety of activities and enrichment choices. When meetings are over, there are plenty of activities and spaces where attendees can unwind or connect. Sports decks, movie theaters, world-renowned spas and wellness centers, culinary institutes and digital workshops…just to name a few.
Fitness options that are also fun. Multistory sports decks, ropes courses, state-of-the-art fitness centers, high-tech indoor cycling studios, Zumba classes and many choices of active excursions ashore…staying healthy has never been this fun!
Motivational appeal for all generations. Cruise ships have multigenerational appeal and offer pampering spas, golf simulators, sports decks, multiple choices of dining and entertainment venues, adults-only serenity areas and kids programming for various age groups.
Unique experiences. Meet in a variety of creative, comfortable ship venues including conference centers, lounges and theaters — inspiring spaces spark creative thinking! Your group will find unique experiences both onboard the ship and ashore in destinations best seen by ocean or river vessels (e.g. Alaska, the Greek Isles, Vienna and Budapest).
More program inclusions. Looking for an all-inclusive venue? How does this sound? Visit multiple places in one trip with complimentary meals and snacks, evening entertainment, sport and fitness centers, daily activities and classes, meeting space and use of audio-visual equipment. Luxury cruise lines also include wine and spirits, all veranda suite accommodations, gratuities, butler service and free Wi-Fi in selected suites. Some programs even include shore excursions! I&FMM