Meet at Sea
Smart Meetings, September 2012
"Kling and Landry saw a gap in the meetings market that wasn’t being filled—meeting planners needed one source where they could research cruise schedules and availability for group bookings, as well as information about accommodations, meeting rooms, amenities, dining, activities, the size of the ship and ratings on all the ships in the industry. There weren’t any websites with group-specific information and schedules for all the cruise lines, and searching every cruise site for those details was prohibitively time consuming. In 2009, Landry & kling launched Seasite.com to fill this gap."
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Queens of the Sea Joyce Landry and Josephine Kling Talk 30 Years of Business
Womenetics.com, June 5, 2012
"Seasite, which is the first cruise platform for meeting professionals and group organizers, allows planners to source, select and procure ships for all types of group programs online. Visitors can research cruise lines, compare multiple ships and submit requests for proposals (RFPs) directly to cruise lines.
Seasite is a key growth area for our future. We are working closely with all cruise lines to ensure that visitors have access to a variety of cruise ships."
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Theme Cruising Gains Popularity
TravelAge West, April, 2012
"There is also a site run by Landry & Kling called Seasite.com that takes travel agents through everything that they should know about setting up groups and charters for special-interest cruises in a form that is easy to navigate - all free to the agent.
"Agents can also fill out a form describing their theme cruise, duration, projected number of participants, geography and their prospectus is delivered directly to the cruise line executives, who contact the agent to offer options."
Cruise Meetings - A Renewed Focus on Safety, Service and Savings
Corporate & Incentive Travel, March, 2012
"Jo Kling, president of cruise specialists Landry & Kling and CEO of the cruise meeting resource Seasite.com, says that the cruise lines are continually adding new features and amenities that will appeal to corporate groups."
"The purpose of the [Seasite.com] site is to give them all the tools they need to understand what happens on a cruise," says Kling. "If they want to get one RFP out to five cruise lines and deal with them directly, they can do that."
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Cruise Incentives Stay Strong in Downturns
Travel Market Report, March 1, 2012
"Landry & Kling has stayed ahead of competitors by reinventing itself. A prominent example was the introduction in late 2009 of Seasite, an automated system for connecting incentive planners and cruise lines."
“Cruise lines only have small departments for this and can’t deal with everybody in person. This offers them a way of getting an electronic RFP.”
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Businesses Cruise More to Meetings -- Literally
CNN.com, November 28, 2011
"To accommodate increasing demand, Landry &Kling launched Seasite.com, an online portal dedicated to cruise meetings and events, to allow corporate planners to send custom electronic Requests For Proposals to five cruise lines and negotiate directly for group pricing."
20 Things to Check During a Ship Inspection
MeetingsNet.com, November 1, 2011
"For a more comprehensive checklist, including what you should look for in cruise terminal facilities and embarkation and disembarkation procedures, check the Knowledge Center at Seasite.com."
Taking the Guesswork Out of Planning a Cruise-Based Meeting
Meetings Focus Blog, October 2011
"When it comes to holding successful cruise-based events, meeting planners are tasked with finding a ship and trip that best meets their needs. For planners skilled at land-based events, sea-based meeting planning may seem like unfamiliar territory, but it's lots easier these days because the new ships are more and more like hotels.
"Some of our favorite resources for planning a cruise-based event are: Seasite.com - Our Knowledge Center has all the tools and resources you need to create successful cruise programs."
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Why More Planners Are Taking Meetings to Sea
Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine, September 2011
are few real frontiers left in the meetings industry. But among them is
the cruise ship based meeting and incentive program or corporate event.
While many meeting planners have never seriously considered a meeting
at sea, most attendees secretly dream of one, experts say.
assist planners with information and resources related to cruise
meetings, Landry & Kling launched Seasite.com in 2009. This year,
they’ve added the capability for direct submission of meeting planner
RFP’s to a wide range of global cruise lines. The service is free."
Don't Miss the Boat - Cruise Your Way to Incentive Success
Smart Meetings, September 2011
"If you’re a hands-on planner who likes to do research on the web, you have plenty of options, including CLIA (cruising.org); CruiseCompete.com, a retail site in operation since 2003; and newcomer (since 2009) Seasite.com, the most comprehensive of the three, and it’s targeted specifically to meeting professionals. You’ll find detailed information about meeting space onboard the ship—which not all cruise lines post—and an RFP process. All online sources offer options to speak personally with a specialist as well."
Cruise Meetings: Landry & Kling Launches Seasite.com Version 2.0
Successful Meetings, July 2011
"Using Seasite.com Version 2.0, meeting and incentive professionals can
send a custom electronic Request for Proposal (e-RFP) to their choice of
up to five cruise lines, allowing them to directly engage suppliers to
secure competitive all-inclusive group pricing without paying
All -Inclusive Cruise Meetings Keeps Budget on an Even Keel
Insurance & Financial Meetings Management, May/June 2011
“To help with that homework, Landry & Kling Cruise Event Services offers Seasite.com, an online portal for the cruise meeting and incentive market that delivers comprehensive information on every cruise line and ship. Planners can submit RFPs directly to cruise lines via Seasite and get direct responses. Planners also can receive consulting services from Landry & Kling, as well as cruise-specialist agencies such as Cruise One.”
High-Tech meetings: Hot tools for planning corporate events
ZDNet.com, May 9, 2011
In this article, Mark Phillips, COO of Landry & Kling and Seasite.com, shares some of the top tech tools and online resources that can help organizations reduce expenses, find unique venues and manage meeting and event logistics.
"Seasite - Cruse ships are an excellent, cost-effective venue for meetings and events. With Seasite.com,. planners who prefer the DIY approach (Do It Yourself) can search and compare multiple ships, then submit an RFP directly to five cruise lines at once and negotiate directly with each line to secure best group pricing."
The Cruising Difference, Setting a New High-Water Mark
March 2011, Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine
In one recent article Seasite.com is put in the spotlight for being “the first ever web portal for cruise meetings and events” and the leader of excellence in service and value in the cruise meeting planning industry. The article breaks down why cruise meetings are a great value:
“The all-inclusive nature of a cruise simplifies the experience not only for attendees but for planners and their budgets. On average, Kling said, a cruise meeting costs 20–40 percent less than a comparable meeting held at a hotel… And, because meals, recreational activities and evening entertainment are all included, attendees have fewer out-of-pocket expenses.”
Set Sail - Seasite Takes Off
September 2010, Smart Meetings Magazine
“Planners new to cruise meetings will definitely want to log onto Seasite. The new website was launched in September 2009 by cruise industry veteran Landry & Kling, a company that has been assisting planners with cruise-ship procurement for decades. The comprehensive site currently features up-to-date information on 11 of “the most group-oriented cruise lines” and has no user fees. Planners can mouse over to the Group Cruise Buyer portal to browse the mini sites of participating cruise lines and find ship specifics such as onboard meeting venues, offerings and layout.”
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Maximize Travel Plans
May 5th 2011, Investors.com
In an article about making the most out of your travel experience, Investors Business Daily identifies Seasite.com as an excellent and valuable resource to personalize your travel experience. Seasite.com makes a hotel on water a very viable and affordable option for corporate meetings and retreats. The article directs event planners to seasite.com for answers to any and all cruise questions.
Cruises: Not Just for Vacation
April 2011, Fox Business
“Clients don’t have to charter an entire ship. Some planners only book a partial percentage of staterooms, but they can still coordinate their group's events to work alongside the regularly-scheduled cruise events. They also have access to the theaters and meeting rooms, when available. Some ships are better suited for partial charters, for example, many ships have specialty restaurants that are the perfect size for special events and dinners. Landry and Kling’s Web site, Seasite.com, is full of information about ship sizes and the capacity of venues onboard.”
Navigating with SEASITE
July 2010, Meetings Focus Magazine
“For planners who want to learn more about what the cruise industry offers meetings and incentives—or who want to take a stab at organizing a cruise program of their own—there’s Seasite.com, the first online platform focused on the cruise meetings market.
The site, which is supported by cruise line marketing partners that include Royal Caribbean, NCL, Carnival, Regent, Silver Seas, Celebrity, MSC. SeaDream and Sea Cloud, is the brainchild of Landry & Kling, a Miami-based company that has provided cruise meeting services since 1982.”
provides cruise ship info for meetings planners
April 2010, Travel Weekly Magazine
“South Florida cruise event specialist
Landry & Kling has unveiled Seasite.com a website that the agency claims
could revolutionize the cruise meetings and incentives market…
The website has meetings-specific information about 35 cruise brands and more
than 250 ships, such as the number and sizes of meetings spaces, function room
capacities, outdoor function areas, group dining information, photo galleries,
an inventory of cabins by category, audiovisual equipment and communications
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