FEBRUARY 2016


 

All-Inclusive Resort Updates


Introducing Grand Velas Cabo! 
Take advantage of pre-opening rates for 2017 meetings and incentives.

Long recognized as hallmark of memorable events at the exclusive beach destinations of Riviera Nayarit by Puerto Vallarta area, and Riviera Maya by Playa del Carmen area, the family-owned Grand Velas brand holds more than 20 years of hospitality tradition offering world-class service awarded 5 Diamonds by AAA.

Now, Velas Resorts proudly announce the opening of Grand Velas Los Cabos, becoming the only Luxury All-Inclusive resort in the area with stunning facilities facing the Gulf of California. Groups and Conventions will be welcomed starting in March 2017.     
More Details Review the Fact Sheet


New Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa Opening Nov 2016

Ready for a new luxury resort in Punta Cana?  Get ready for Secrets Cap Cana!  Opening November 2016. With 456 spacious and spectacular guest rooms, this upscale adult-only resort is sure to please your beach-loving incentive winners!

Located in the Dominican Republic and just 20 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport, the all-new Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa will offer adults an Unlimited-Luxury getaway along the stunning Juanillo Beach.     Sneak Peak Video

Hyatt Ziva Cancun Celebrates Grand Opening

Located in one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world, with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a lavish all-inclusive all-ages oasis on the Mexico’s Yucatan coast. The spectacular Cancun resort features beautiful suites, three infinity pools, including an adults-only rooftop pool and two pristine white sand beaches.

As part of the all inclusive packages, guests of all ages can savor sumptuous world cuisines at 14 restaurants and bars, international buffets and innovative food carts, as well as unlimited soft drinks, beer, wine and cocktails. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and diving in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, and indulge in playful resort activities – from beach volleyball to live music and entertainment.  

Cruise Food & Beverage


Windstar Cruises Partners with James Beard Award-Winning
Chefs for New Culinary Cruises

Windstar Cruises is offering a new portfolio of three themed cruises in partnership with the esteemed James Beard Foundation. Every James Beard Foundation Collection Cruise will feature an accomplished JBF host chef who will personally bring you closer to the culture of every destination with chef hosted local market tours, curated meals and tapas, culinary demonstrations, regional wine tastings and more. 

Holland New Dining Room Design for Holland America Line’s  Koningsdam
The Dining Room was created by famed hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany, and is where Koningsdam’s guests will dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a more formal setting. The ambiance of the two-story restaurant is sophisticated and airy,
with several impressive new features for
a Holland America Line ship.
Watch: The Dining Room with Michael Smith, SVP Guest Experience & Product Development
The bright, modern design creates a unique dining venue while reflecting the ship’s overall design theme that was inspired by the architecture of music. The sunny, yellow room features expansive windows that allow for maximum daylight and incredible views of the water. In the evening the color turns to a darker shade of amber, setting the tone for a more elegant evening dining ambience. Structural ribs inspired by the strings of a classical harp connect the first floor to the second floor ceiling and create the sense of a more rounded, curvilinear space. A grand, curved staircase connects the two dining levels.

Cruise Lines and Cruise Ship Updates

Seabourn has revealed details and rendering of the Grand Wintergarden Suites, the most luxurious and largest suites aboard its newest, ultra­luxury vessel, Seabourn Encore, launching late 2016.

The Grand Wintergarden suites will provide nearly 1,550 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The suites will feature large windows for perfect ocean and shore views, two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, two private verandas, dining for six, convertible sofa­bed, pantry with wet bar and espresso machine, and three flat­screen televisions. More Details
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced its ground-breaking summer 2017 deployment for Europe. For the first time in company history, the schedule features five ships sailing in European waters in the summer season. Highlights of the new itineraries include cruises to the Baltic Capitals on Norwegian Getaway from Copenhagen, and a first ever complete season from Hamburg on Norwegian Jade, with embarkation for those cruises also available in the UK and Amsterdam. In addition to the European sailings, Norwegian also revealed details on Norwegian Escape’s 2017 summer cruises to the Caribbean from Miami.
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Azamara Journey Emerges From Dry Dock

The First of Azamara's Revitalized Ships Completes Bow to Stern Overhaul Revealing Modern Décor, New Technologies as well as New Services and Amenities for Guests.

All stateroom and suites have had an overhaul. Authentic materials were used, with beautiful stone and porcelain throughout and custom design. Two new Spa Suites have been built adjacent to the Sanctum Spa featuring an elegant look with organic and muted colors providing exclusive access to unique spa amenities that will be included in the price of these staterooms. 

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Uniworld to Debut S.S Joie de Vivre On The Seine Next Year

 
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will launch one of its Super Ship class of vessels, the 128-passenger Joie de Vivre, on France’s Seine River in 2017. The ship will sail the “Paris & Normandy” itinerary, and was built to a length of 410 feet instead of the standard 443 feet so that it can dock in the heart of Paris, according to Uniworld. The sailings will highlight French food, wine, art and music. The Joie de Vivre, to be christened in March 2017, will feature a Salon de Beaux-Arts lounge that will house a collection of fine art and antiques acquired from auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s as well as from private collections. A public space called Le Club l’Esprit will include a pool area with a hydraulic floor that can turn into a dance floor or outdoor cinema at night.  More Details

MSC Cruises Orders Two Meraviglia-Plus Ship

 
MSC Cruises is adding two more cruise ships to its new Meraviglia class to be delivered in October 2019 and September 2020.  The two Meraviglia-Plus newbuilds will accommodate a maximum of nearly 6,300 guests. The vessels will also have boutiques, restaurants and a 111 metre long interior promenade with an extended LED sky screen above it, which will beam out visual events and vistas to animate the walkway. MSC will also collaborate with Cirque du Soleil to co-design and install a purpose-built dining and entertainment venue for gues, and an industry-first, the Meraviglia-Plus ships will also feature a classic and contemporary fine art museum, which will showcase artwork from some of the world’s premier cultural centers, classic and modern art museums as well as public and private institutions. More Details

Crystal Cruises Announces Plans to Restore America’s Flagship The SS United States

 
Crystal signs exclusive purchase option agreement to begin work on returning the historic SS United States, to a Modern Luxury Cruise Ship vessel to service as the fastest cruise vessel in the world.

In order to meet modern demands and be in full regulatory compliance, the SS United States will have to be extensively re-built to meet over 60 years of new maritime rules and shipbuilding practices.  The modern United States by Crystal Cruises will be transformed into an 800-guest-capacity vessel, featuring 400 luxurious suites measuring about 350 square feet with dining, entertainment, spa and other luxury guest amenities that are true to the ship’s storied history. Features of the original SS United States such as the Promenade and Navajo Lounge will be retained, while new engines and sophisticated marine technology will be installed to maintain her title as the fastest cruise vessel in the world.     More Details
As for the Harmony….it does Eastern and Western itineraries……
 
“The RCCL Harmony of the Seas will make her debut this May in Europe, sailing r/t Barcelona to celebrated western Mediterranean ports of call sure to please any incentive winner!  If you have a last minute incentive and can take advantage of the newest and largest ship afloat – then do so before November of this year when she will reposition to her permanent home of Port Everglades, sailing Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries year ‘round.  So what makes this new ship different?  She will capitalize on the success of her sisters, Oasis and Allure – but with more bells and whistles.  First, consider that the suites on all Oasis-class ships will be butler-serviced – and have access to a private Coastal Kitchen dining room, exclusive concierge lounge and sundeck.  These are new features for RCCL and something that in our opinion was sorely needed.  Some of the “newbies” added to Quantum class such as the Robotic Bar and the “Alice-themed” Wonderland restaurant are making their way to Harmony.  Want to ignite the kid in you?  Check out the adventurous two story water slides found on the pool deck (something that we’ve really only seen on Carnival and NCL in the past).  And the Broadway show of choice for the Harmony?  GREASE is the word!  A perfect selection for this family friendly mega-ship.  Royal Caribbean’s incentive team (the largest in the industry) strives to deliver exceptional service from contracting to sailing.  A feature that make the Harmony and the rest of the Oasis-class family so enticing for groups is the availability of oversized function space – from the Solarium to the Boardwalk and Studio B – these ships have venues that can easily accommodate over 1,000 passengers for private events.   Looking for a WOW? 
Check out the Harmony of the Seas.

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Buy the Sea is the industry’s leading and largest cruise and all-inclusive resort brokerage company. Celebrating our twelfth year, our award-winning team continues to exceed the expectations of our corporate clients around the world. Buy the Sea is comprised of travel experts who take the mystery out of planning your next meeting or incentive on or by the sea.
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