. . . ALHI Now Provides GSO Sales Services for 23 Luxurious Norwegian Cruise Line Ships to Meeting & Incentive (M&I) Markets Through Its “ALHI Ocean Line” Luxury Brand Segment
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has expanded its Alliance relationship with Norwegian Cruise Line, adding 14 more luxury cruise ships (i.e. “floating resorts”) to its worldwide portfolio and to its “ALHI Ocean Line” luxury brand segment. Together, ALHI now represents 23 luxurious Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ships appropriate for a variety of meeting & incentive (M&I) programs. Able to accommodate groups from ports nearly anywhere around the world, the 14 new additions are Norwegian Freestyle Cruising ships, which provide to groups and guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise experience on the youngest and most contemporary ships at sea. These cruise ships complement four luxury-level Regent Seven Seas cruise ships and five upper-premium Oceania Cruise Line ships, which joined ALHI’s portfolio in 2013, and which also have highly respected Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) as their parent company. The announcement was made by ALHI President Jim Schultenover.
“We are very proud to expand our relationship with Norwegian Cruise Line with the addition of these 14 incredible cruise ships for our Accounts to choose among our worldwide portfolio, and to our ‘ALHI Ocean Line’ luxury brand segment,” said Schultenover. “We’ve added these cruise ships to address the growing demand by the Accounts we serve; to provide yet greater global and itinerary options to accommodate planners’ inquiries and needs; to add more ports of calls and the flexibility of additional 3-7 night sailings; and to add even more variety and options to our ‘Ocean Line’ portfolio. Luxury cruise ships have become very popular with groups for both incentive programs and meetings. We want to be able to serve our Accounts as they explore the best options for their objectives and strategies. In addition to the ability to travel by sea to amazing destinations around the world, you have the added benefit of all-inclusive pricing, which is very appealing for budgeting purposes and which also can provide an incredible and memorable experience.”
“The 23 premier cruise ships in ALHI’s portfolio are essentially like Four- and Five-Star quality floating resorts,” said Schultenover. “Sailing from many of the most appealing ports and destinations around the world, the Norwegian collection of cruise ships provide very attentive and proactive Four- and Five-Star quality levels of personalized service, outstanding cuisine, truly luxurious state-of-the-art facilities, inviting and unique meeting and event spaces, a wide range of outstanding recreation and entertainment options on board, and imaginative and exciting itineraries.”
“These exceptional cruise ships are a very appealing and unique way for organizations and companies to recognize their best employees, valued members and customers, and as a very special way to celebrate a milestone anniversary or extraordinary achievement,” added Schultenover. “Guests can experience multiple destinations and countries, and only have to unpack once. Plus, the ships provide excellent networking opportunities. Add to that the high-quality consistency of the entire fleet of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships, and that there are so many options that can provide a big ‘Wow’ for a meeting or incentive group, which ensures a truly memorable experience for the program attendees. Some of our Accounts choose to do a full buyout with a custom voyage itinerary specifically created for their group’s needs and objectives. By ALHI having the variety of sizes of ships from small to larger, it provides an opportunity that we enjoy to discuss with clients interested in exploring a cruise option for their organization.”
Norwegian Cruise Line, recently named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the seventh consecutive year and the “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the second time, is recognized as the innovator in cruise travel. Joining ALHI’s worldwide portfolio and “Ocean Line” luxury brand segment of cruise ships (currently ranging from 248-738 staterooms and suites with Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises) are the: Norwegian Escape, offering 2,100 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Breakaway, with 1,981 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Getaway, featuring 1,981 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Epic, offering 2,050 staterooms and suites; Pride of America, with 1,093 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Pearl, featuring 1,188-1,201 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Jewel, offering 1,188-1,201 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Jade, with 1,188-1,201 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Gem, featuring 1,188-1,201 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Dawn, offering 1,170 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Star, with 1,170 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Sky, featuring 968-1,002 staterooms and suites; Norwegian Sun; offering 968-1,002 staterooms and suites; and Norwegian Spirit, with 1,009 staterooms and suites.
The ships’ destinations include Alaska, Asia, Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Mexican Riviera, Northern Europe, and South America.
Recreation options on the cruise ships include rock climbing, ropes courses, bowling, 24-hour fitness center, yoga, Pilates, spinning, full-service spa, multiple swimming pools, whirlpools, waterslides, basketball, volleyball, dance classes, full casino, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, live entertainment and Broadway productions.
Norwegian Cruise Line also features a dedicated Corporate Meeting & Incentive sales and service team to guide meeting professionals and incentive specialists through the sales and planning phases.
Plus, to assist planners coordinating meetings or programs on these 23 Norwegian cruise ships, ALHI also provides “alliance” sales services with a worldwide Destination Management Company (DMC), offering program support from over 55 DMCs in 100 destinations, including 65 global markets outside of the U.S.A. This can assist with desired pre- and/or post-cruise itineraries in the ports of call.
ALHI (alhi.com) is the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American meetings and incentive (M&I) marketplace for its Membership of over 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide, with 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of function space in its hotel portfolio. One call connects to an experienced ALHI GSO Sales Professional with advocacy and sales assistance for meetings, conventions, and incentive programs.
ALHI is a dues-funded organization, so there is no cost to the planning organization to access the GSO network with local professionals and ease of discussing viable options for your programs.
Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 75 countries and destinations worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.
For information about any of ALHI’s Members and resources, planners should contact their nearest of the 20 professionally-staffed ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.
For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2015 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com.