With so much exciting “cruise news” announced lately, how can busy meeting and incentive travel planners possibly keep up with it all? You don’t have to! Every week, we’ll curate and break down the best cruise industry news that’s especially relevant to you.

Cruise News Highlights for Meeting & Incentive Travel Planners

Celebrity’s Enhanced Concierge Class Experience

Celebrity Reflection Signature Suite

Celebrity Reflection Signature Suite

Celebrity Cruises’ newly enhanced Concierge Class Experience now offers more VIP services and amenities, available fleetwide.

Book your upscale group in Concierge Class veranda staterooms to take advantage of special perks that include priority check-in and debarkation, exclusive pre-departure lounge, personal Concierge, exclusive “Welcome Aboard” Concierge Class Luncheon, and more.

In their staterooms, guests will find fresh fruit and sparkling wine upon arrival, complimentary Daily Delectable Delights delivered each afternoon, an extensive Pillow Menu, and luxury amenities like plush cotton robes and and custom-blended bath products

5-Night Wild Alaska Escapes with Lindblad Expeditions

Discover Alaska up-close with Lindblad Expeditions

Discover Alaska up-close with Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions added new 5 night Alaska voyages aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for incentive travel planners to reward active groups who want an up-close and immersive adventure experience!

They’ll explore with the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska as they hike on world-class trails through forests of towering trees, kayak long routes deep into  glacially carved fjords and raft to an ancient Alaska native village- all with Lindblad’s nimble expedition ship as your moving base camp.

New & Upscale American River Cruise Options

The Veranda, French America Line Louisiane

The Veranda, French America Line Louisiane

For meeting & incentive travel planners seeking close-to-home destinations, new and sophisticated options for American river cruises are welcome news!

 American Cruise Line’s latest paddlewheeler, the 185- passenger America began Mississippi River voyages in May; and their new coastal cruise ship, American Constellation (sailing April 2017) will accommodate 170 guests in balcony suites.

French America Line will bring a refined ambiance to American rivers when 170-passenger Louisiane launches in August 2016. The premium ship will offer five to 10-night experiential itineraries. All-inclusive pricing includes pre-cruise deluxe hotel, wine & spirits, complimentary Wi-Fi and shore excursions. All three ships are ideal for charter, and because they’re American built and registered, your cruise program may be fully tax-deductible.

Experience Cuba and “Travel With Purpose”

Fathom cruises to Cuba

Fathom cruises to Cuba

Carnival Cruise Line’s Fathom brand just made history by being the first U.S. based cruise line to visit Cuba in over 50 years!

Attention meeting & incentive travel planners: Your group can be part of the first wave of U.S. travelers to Cuba by sailing on a 7-day Fathom cruise on 74-passenger Adonia from Miami. The cultural exchange program will give them the opportunity to interact with the Cuban people and learn more about their culture.

Fathom also offers 7-day cruises to the Dominican Republic where participants can work with local residents in programs that focus on improving the lives of children, families and communities.

Just Announced! Short Cruises on Princess Ships

Ruby Princess Explorer's Lounge

Ruby Princess Explorer’s Lounge

Princess offers meeting & incentive travel planners a choice of more short-cruises form both coasts.

Crown Princess will sail new five-day itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale while Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess sail four- or five-day options from Los Angeles. Five-day west coast itineraries include an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas.