Royal Caribbean PartnerSHIP Forum on Navigator of the Seas / January 10 – 13 2020
Joyce Landry & Vicki Fernandez were invited to attend Royal Caribbean’s PartnerSHIP Forum for Charters, Meetings, and Incentive partners. During their 3 night voyage on Navigator of the Seas, the group had time to experience all that the ship and Perfect Day at CocoCay has to offer for our MICE clients.
They also heard presentations from cruise line executives including RoyalCaribbean President, Michael Bayley and Sr. VP of Sales, Vicki Freed. Lori Cassidy, Associate VP Global Corporate, Incentive & Charter Sales, gave PartnerSHIP Forum attendees an exciting glimpse into what the future holds for their charter, meeting and incentive groups.
Touring the “World’s Best” Small Ship – Europa 2 / November 25, 2019
Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2 holds the highest distinction of 5-stars-plus, so we didn’t miss the opportunity to plan a site visit when the ship was docked in PortMiami. Pedro Jaimot, Manager of Client Services; Heather Wulkan, Field Sales; and Malene Ruiz, Assistant to CEO Joyce Landry, spent an afternoon on board and all gave Europa 2 rave reviews.
Hapag Lloyd’s MS EUROPA 2 is unlike any other luxury vessel I’ve ever seen and certainly deserves its 5+-stars of awarded recognition. This a great ship choice for top-tier incentive groups, meetings or milestone celebrations. It features spacious layouts, high ceilings, light décor, and a superb staff that quickly knows your favorite foods and beverages – perfect to appeal to every guest’s appetite!
With 7 restaurants, 6 bars throughout the ship, a large long spacious pool (the largest for this size ship), a sophisticated gym and world-class spa, this extraordinary resort-style ship is the perfect home away from home for 500 guests. Just the right size for a private ship charter! There are even two cutting-edge golf simulators aboard for your golf enthusiasts.
Wondering what the attire aboard is? No need to worry about carrying extra bags as Europa 2’s country-club casual attire in every restaurant and throughout the ship will save your attendees time and space, helping them feel right at home.
There are two primary languages spoken aboard, German and English. Planning a family program? There are children centers, programs, and even excursions offered aboard. And as a European Luxury Line, they are committed to protecting the environments so their ships’ engines produce fewer emissions.
A Visit to the “New” Carnival Sunshine / October 28, 2019
Cherie Weinstein visited the newly renovated Carnival Sunrise when the ship sailed into her new homeport in Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) in October to start 4 & 5-day Caribbean cruises. The former Carnival Triumph has a fresh modern, clean, sleek look with plenty of “Fun” options for guests.
A Taste of the World’s First Hybrid Ship, MS Roald Amundsen / Sept 27, 2019
Joyce Landry spent the night in Vancouver onboard the first hybrid expedition vessel in the world, MS Roald Amundsen. Hurtigruten’s beautiful new 530-passenger expedition vessel is the first cruise ship built with environmentally sustainable battery hybrid-powered technology.
Ship features include a high-tech Science Center, vast observation decks with infinity pool, panoramic sauna, 3 restaurants, and elegant Explorer Lounge.
A Happy Crew at IMEX America in Las Vegas / Sept 10 – 12, 2019
Landry & Kling and our booth-partner cruise lines were all smiles at the end of a very successful exhibition for the meetings & incentive industry. Shown here preparing for our annual IMEX appreciation reception are (from left) Marcus Leskovar, Martine & Wolfgang Luftner (Amadeus River Cruises), Robert Cao (Hurtigruten), Veronica Semczuk (Viking Cruises), Bob Salmon (American Queen Steamboat Co.), Malena Ruiz, Todd Dunlap, Pedro Jaimot and Joyce Landry (from Landry & Kling Global Cruise Events).
Helping Hurricane Dorian Evacuees
Our company wanted to do something for the evacuees of hurricane Dorian. We asked our staff to gather/purchase supplies and they were loaded into Vicki’s car for delivery to the Christ Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove, the first community settled in South Florida by Bahamians.
The supplies have been flowing through this church and loaded onto planes and container ships for delivery to the shelters in Nassau, which is where most of the evacuees are being housed and fed. There are thousands more in the Abacos still being evacuated.
Want to help those in need? The islands of the Bahamas has set up a page on their website as a resource center with updates on hurricane relief efforts: https://www.bahamas.com/relief
Medical Training Course at Sea / Symphony of the Seas / August 10 – 17, 2019
Landry & Kling Cruise Events Manager Nicola Rowan sailed with a prominent doctor who led an in-depth medical symposium at sea for 40 physicians who want to learn specialized techniques. Nicola was on board on Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas August 10 – 17, 2019 to oversee their first-ever intensive training course at sea.
The 7-night cruise sailed roundtrip from Miami to the Eastern Caribbean, visiting St. Kitts & Nevis, and St. Thomas USVI. The group also enjoyed an afternoon of relaxation and adventure at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s spectacular private island.
Three days at sea allowed plenty of time for classes, practical workshops, interactive case presentations and panel discussions.
Two private cocktail receptions and a reserved dining section in the restaurant also gave attendees ample opportunities to mingle, share ideas, and bond with colleagues.
2019 CEU At Sea / Mariner of the Seas / June 24 – 28, 2019
Senior Operations Specialist Gretta Roque joined a group of medical professionals onboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas to ensure the 2019 CEU at SEA Annual Convention was a seamless success! The 4-night Bahamas cruise sailed roundtrip from Port Canaveral, Florida June 24 – 28. The itinerary included a day at sea plus visits to Nassau, Bahamas and a “Perfect Day” at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island experience.
In addition to fun activities onboard and ashore, the program offered 103 attendees educational sessions for a maximum of 24.5 hours of continuing professional development credit. Social events designed just for attendees also allowed fun-filled opportunities to network and mingle with fellow conference attendees.
2019 Grappler’s Escape Cruise / Harmony of the Seas / June 9 – 16 2019
Landry & Kling joined forces with an event producer for the fifth time to plan and operate the 2019 Grappler’s Escape Cruise. Our Cruise Events Manager Nicola Rowan sailed with 166 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts aboard Royal Caribbean’sspectacular Harmony of the Seas. The ship sailed June 9 – 16, 2019 from Port Canaveral (Orlando) with stops at CocoCay, Bahamas; St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.
The 5th Anniversary “Jiu Jitsu at Sea” Grappler’s Escape voyage included 6 days and 7 nights of world-class instruction and open mat training led by 5 of the top champion black belts. The Grapplers group also enjoyed hosted receptions, parties, and events ashore plus plenty of fun and sun!
Le Boreal Ship Visit
The L&K team visited Ponant’s 264 passenger luxury boutique ship, Le Boréal, at a rare visit to the Port of Miami today. The vessel arrived from Panama, on her way to Portugal; stopping in Miami to pick up passengers for the Trans-Atlantic voyage. Ponant has a series of small, luxury exploration and boutique cruise vessels around the globe that are perfect for charter. Pictured from L&K are Cherie Weinstein, Joyce Landry, Vicki Fernandez and Pedro Jaimot. We were treated to French cuisine and service, which is the flag and hallmark of Ponant (as you would expect, the best bread, soup and sauces in the industry)!
2019 Celebrity Cruises Corporate & Advisory Board Meeting on Celebrity Summit
Our CEO, Joyce Landry aboard the newly “Revolutionized” Celebrity Summit during the 2019 Celebrity Cruises Corporate & Incentive Advisory Board; the first recipient of a half billion dollar investment in refurbishment across the fleet. These ships are definite on the “Edge” of greatness!
In the picture, Celebrity Cruise Line’s Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President Sales (left), Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO (middle) with Joyce Landry, President & CEO Landry & Kling.
Mariner of the Seas Ship Visit
Landry & Kling team took an insider’s tour of newly enhanced Mariner of the seas, a ship packed with wonder and WOW! Thanks to Pam Kressley at #RoyalCaribbean for an exclusive tour!🙏
Our CEO, Joyce Landry aboard Symphony Of The Seas with Michael Bayley – enjoying fireworks overhead with President & CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line…This ship (the largest in the world), will leave from RCI’s newest terminal at the port of Miami.
“Being a FAN of Virgin!”
Last night’s SeaLicious event in New York was AMAZING! Virgin Voyages President, Tom Mcalpin and his culinary team rolled out their unique (and all-inclusive) food & beverage plans for their new ship, the scarlet lady. We got a taste of Razzle Dazzle and their “gay brunch” complete with the most famous “Queens of New York.” Different? You bet! We can trust Richard Branson for being a disrupter and bringing his own brand of flair and playfulness into the cruise industry… gay brunch shown with @StacyShawn, VP Sales & Business Development
Getting inspired at FICP in Orlando!
The hottest speaker in the U.S., Mel Robbins showed us how to overcome procrastination, turn nervousness into excitement and banish anxiety – in 5 SECONDS! Wow! The FICP organizers knocked it out of the park with Mel’s presentation. She is a motivational speaker, CNN commentator, television host and author of The 5 Second Rule. Joyce had the pleasure to chat with Mel afterward during their networking event. I didn’t procrastinate with that introduction (or to ask for a photo (!) #FICP18
Today Todd Dunlap, Director of Business Development is making moves at the Summer Social at MPI Georgia Chapter, sharing the news about meeting at sea!