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From Trend to Expectation
Wellness experiences abound across Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' three brands
guacamole and pico de gallo. Culinary walking
tours of Bar Harbor in Maine, or a tour of
St. Maarten, with visits to a local craft rum
producer and a French Caribbean cooking
demonstration are also available. Groups
seeking something more active can kayak the
Strait of Magellan in Punta Arenas, Chile, or
hike into a canyon and rappel down 30- and
50-ft waterfalls in Kahului, Maui. They can
even buckle up in a safety harness and follow
a narrow rooftop path high above Stockholm
in Sweden, learning about the storied city
from a unique bird's-eye view.
On the Horizon
Culinary Arts Kitchen on the Seven Seas Explorer
Wellness is no longer a trend-
it's a full-fledged lifestyle," says
Katina Athanasiou, global VP of
charters, meetings & incentives
at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings,
parent company of Norwegian Cruise
Line (NCL), Oceania Cruises and Regent
Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC). "It's no
longer confined to the spa and fitness
center, but woven into dining rooms, decks
and leisure spaces, onboard programming
and even shore excursions."
The expectation of wellness also extends
to unique, feel-good culinary programs.
Groups can attend classes in the Culinary
Arts Kitchen in RSSC's Seven Seas Explorer
that reflect cuisines of the ship's destinations.
Themed classes such as "Teatime at the
Abbey," where groups learn to assemble a
teatime party inspired by the hit TV show
"Downton Abbey," can also be booked. RSSC
will soon debut "Seven Seas Wellness" on the
newly refurbished Seven Seas Voyager that
will include more than 10 wellness-themed
excursions and activities such as vinyasa
yoga, tai chi and thermal baths.
"For groups, we have the ability to
customize the class to suit their needs,
and we can tailor the length, menu and
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class description," says Athanasiou. "We
also have the ability to work collaboratively
with our clients to customize and curate
receptions, gala dinners, specialty VIP
dinners, wine tastings, galley tours, culinaryfocused shore excursions and more."
Oceania offers similar group
programming in Marina and Riviera Culinary
Centers. Small-batch wellness tours for
24 attendees marry wellness activities
such as yoga, Pilates, water therapies and
meditation with destination experiences in
France, Italy, Spain and Greece. Additionally,
Oceania has curated a range of culinary
tours in Alaska, including an "Ale Trail"
exploring the local craft beers of Astoria,
a fishing expedition on a crab boat off the
coast of Ketchikan, or deep-sea sport
fishing for salmon in Sitka.
NCL also offers a range of culinary
and active tours for groups, such as a salsa
excursion in Cozumel where they can learn
how to make authentic Mexican salsa,
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has
invested $125 million in a fleet-wide
refurbishment program for its RSSC fleet.
Revamps of the Seven Seas Navigator and
Seven Seas Explorer are now complete,
and the Seven Seas Mariner is scheduled
for refurbishment next April.
NCL's "Norwegian Edge" program
continues to add enhancements to its fleet,
with recently completed refurbishments of
the Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Pearl.
Renovations to Bahamian private island
Great Stirrup Cay have also taken place as
part of the program, as well as a range of
new dining options.
"Our Norwegian Edge revitalization
program aboard Norwegian Cruise Line
has been exciting for both new and
past customers," says Athanasiou. "The
renovations and enhancements that
have occurred on our ships (and island
destinations), coupled with the enhanced
dining is delivering amazing participant
experiences, which equate to a high level of
ROE for our planners."-Steve Grasso
ncl.com; oceaniacruises.com; rssc.com
"We have the ability to customize the class to suit
the group needs, and we can tailor the length,
menu and class description."