To help meeting planners find, select and book venues for cruise meetings, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has launched a new collection of “floating resorts,” it announced yesterday. The collection, the ALHI “Ocean Line” specialty segment, consists of seven Prestige Cruise Holdings ships — three Regent Seven Seas ships and four Oceania Cruise Lines ships — each of which is available to groups for private charter.
“These premier ships are exceptional, essentially like four- and five-star quality floating resorts, located around the world, which widely expands the global ‘destinations’ from which ALHI can serve accounts’ needs and desires,” ALHI President and CEO David Gabri said in a statement. “They provide very attentive and proactive five-star quality levels of personalized services, outstanding cuisine, exquisite art, truly luxurious state-of-the-art facilities and imaginative itineraries.”
The three Regent Seven Seas ships in ALHI’s Ocean Line collection include the Voyager, featuring 349 balcony suites, which can accommodate up to 698 guests; the Mariner, also offering 349 balcony suites and able to hold up to 698 passengers; and the Navigator, featuring 248 ocean-view suites and able to accommodate 496 guests. Each of these ships includes a theater that can accommodate all of guests at once, making them ideal for group meetings and awards ceremonies. Additionally, on-ship restaurants can be reserved for groups and private functions.
Meanwhile, the collection’s four Oceania Cruise Lines ships include the Regatta and Nautica ships, each of which features 335 suites and staterooms and can accommodate up to 670 guests, and the new Marina and Riviera ships, each of which features 625 suites and staterooms and can accommodate up to 1,250 guests.
“To describe these ships I think of the Regent brand, and Oceania’s Regatta and Nautica ships, like the Five-Diamond Bellagio, Grand Del Mar, The Lodge at Sea Island quality, with the ships being more traditional in character,” Gabri continued. “Oceania’s Marina and Riviera ships could be compared to the renowned The Peninsula in Chicago, Las Vegas’ ARIA Resort and The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, as the ships are somewhat more contemporary in style. Each line is nothing short of amazing.”
For cruises aboard both Regent and Oceania ships, the site of departure and destination can be customized to suit a group’s needs. However, custom voyages must be booked 18 to 20 months in advance.
“We’re adding this new ‘Ocean Line’ specialty segment to respond to demand by the accounts we serve and to provide yet greater global options to accommodate planners’ inquiries and needs,” Gabri concluded. “This new specialty segment can best be described as ‘Luxury Meetings & Incentives with Distinctive Ports of Call.’”