Cruise Specialists Landry & Kling Announce the Top Ships for Corporate Events, Incentive Travel and Private Ship Charters; Slideshow Highlighting Venues’ Unique Features Now Available

Miami, Fla., March 28, 2011 — Corporate meetings and incentive trips are on the rebound, and companies are increasingly looking for unique and cost-effective settings for their next function. Longtime cruise meeting and incentive specialist Landry & Kling, Inc. has released their picks for the top 10 ships for meetings and group events at sea in 2011-2013, drawing on 30 years of experience specializing in the use of cruise ships as venues for corporate meetings, incentive programs, conferences and events.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), cruises are predicted to outperform other types of travel in 2011. This upswing coincides with rebounding interest in corporate meetings and incentive trips as the U.S. economy continues to recover. Organizations are also exploring unconventional but cost-effective venues when planning their next meeting, according to travel industry research firm PhoCusWright. The research from PhoCusWright’s recent report on Groups & Meetings cited that the number of planners who intend to use a cruise ship for a meeting or event venue increased by a third — from 6 to 8 % in 2010.

“Meetings at sea are an economical and exciting alternative to rotate with traditional land-based meetings. Cruise meetings can offer savings of up to 40% compared to a hotel because they include a wide variety of amenities such as fine dining, audio/visual equipment and world-class entertainment,” said Jo Kling, president, Landry & Kling. “Whether you’re looking for an off-site board meeting, or want to host awards ceremonies or a networking seminar with tradeshow, there’s a ship that fits your needs.”

All of the ships on Landry & Kling’s top10 list boast superior service, state-of-the-art function space and important on-board features such as private group dining and team building opportunities.

Landry & Kling’s top 10 ships for meetings and group events follow:

  • SeaDream II—SeaDream Yacht Club
  • Liberty of the Seas—Royal Caribbean
  • Celebrity Millennium—Celebrity Cruises
  • Silver Spirit—Silversea Cruises
  • Pride of America—Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Seven Seas Navigator—Regent Seven Seas
  • MSC Splendida—MSC Cruises
  • Allure of the Seas—Royal Caribbean International
  • Carnival Dream—Carnival Cruise Lines
  • National Geographic Endeavor—Lindblad Expeditions

About Landry & Kling

Landry & Kling Inc., cruise event specialists and pioneers of the meetings-at-sea concept, provide turnkey solutions and custom cruise logistics for ship buy-outs, incentive cruises, all kinds of meetings-at-sea and dockside ship charters for global events. For oceans of information, visit www.landrykling.com or call 800-448-9002 to speak with a Cruise Advisor.

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