October 30, 2018
Porthole Magazine & Windstar Cruises Team Up to Offer a “Caribbean Celebration” Cruise onboard Wind Surf in February 2019
Porthole Magazine & Windstar Cruises Team Up to Offer a “Caribbean Celebration” Cruise onboard Wind Surf in February 2019
Caribbean Celebration Cruise Heralds Local Culture & Supports the Caribbean Community
Seattle, WA, October 30, 2018 – is partnering with Porthole Cruise Magazine, the definitive authority on all things cruise, to reveal the indulgent Caribbean in a way no other cruise line can. Windstar President John Delaney and Porthole Founder and Publisher Bill Panoff are teaming up to provide guests onboard the Wind Surf’s February 23, 2019 sailing with an exclusive opportunity to celebrate the indelible culture, vibrancy, and joy of the Caribbean islands. The trade winds of resiliency after last year’s storms have energized these havens of natural beauty to rebound with welcoming arms.
The Caribbean’s paradisal appeal coupled with the amazing rejuvenation is the underlying theme for the week-long celebration. Delaney and Panoff share a mutual enthusiasm for the Caribbean and anxiously render their support by personally hosting this one of a kind cruise event. By collaborating with cruise colleagues in St. Maarten, St. Bart’s, the B.V.I’s and elsewhere, the duo will escort personalized shore excursions and host unexpected activities for cruise guests.
A key highlight of the cruise will be the opportunity to sail with renowned artist Marc Lipp, whose vibrant pop art echoes the colors and eclectic character of the Caribbean. Guests will have a chance to engage with and learn from the artist along with a bonus art show and auction with proceeds going back to the community.
Other surprises include a celebration at legendary Foxy’s Bar, trunk shows with Caribbean batiks, spices and rum, promising animated enjoyment for all. “Our goal is to humbly give back to the islands that have provided such joy to so many over the years, but in a non-traditional way,” said Windstar President John Delaney.
Panoff notes, “The endemic allure of the Caribbean has been a driving force in making Porthole Cruise Magazine the predominant publication of the cruise community. I look forward to sharing my appreciation and passion of the region with our readers and Windstar guests on this uniquely designed cruise.”
The focal ports on the include smaller islands and harbors such as Antigua, Norman Island, St. Barthélemy, Tortola, and Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I. The Wind Surf will be anchored at each island, exemplifying the yacht-infused style of cruising that Windstar excels in. Guests will enjoy two overnights and two late nights in port, as well as complimentary water sports and the line’s Signature Deck Barbecue, popular Windstar cruise highlights. The cruise takes place aboard the award-winning line’s flagship, Wind Surf, the world’s largest sailing ship that is sporting new sails and will welcome 310 guests, ready for exploration, camaraderie, and adventure.
The Windstar and Porthole Cruise Magazine’s sets sail Saturday, February 23 and concludes Saturday, March 2, with rates starting at $2,999 per person, based on double occupancy. To learn more about authentic small ship cruising with Windstar, contact your travel advisor or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718.
October 3, 2018
BRIGHTLINE TO DEBUT “GO” MAGAZINE THIS DECEMBER
The nation’s only privately owned, operated and maintained intercity passenger rail service will debut quarterly magazine “Go” on all trains and platforms in partnership with PPI Group.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 3, 2018) – Brightline, Florida’s hospitality-focused express, intercity passenger rail service, will unveil its first-ever onboard magazine, Go, this winter in partnership with global custom publisher, PPI Group. Aimed at delivering compelling editorial content for today’s passengers, from in-depth features to useful columns with insider tips on where to shop and dine, the inaugural issue will appear on all platforms and trains in December 2018.
Go magazine will be an important part of Brightline’s on-board guest experience and will initially feature information on the best South Florida has to offer in shopping, fashion, hotels, restaurants and events. The magazine will be exclusively distributed within Brightline stations and in seatback pockets of Brightline’s higher-speed trains. Each issue of Go will extend past its print reach with digital distribution through the GoBrightline App and website, which guests can access on their mobile devices.The magazine and GoBrightline App will also provide passengers with important information including train service schedules, ticket information and travel tips.
“Go is a major step in establishing Brightline as a key South Florida lifestyle brand,” said Johanna Rojas, vice president of marketing for Brightline. “We’ll feature information that is important and relevant for our guests, from reviews of artisanal breweries to gallery openings, music festivals to unique boutiques.”
Brightline aims at building a curated customer experience through Go magazine, with future plans to offer pre-loaded tablets with custom content for use by passengers traveling in Select service.
Go will be produced by PPI Group, a top travel publication company in Fort Lauderdale with special expertise in the travel industry.
“We’re excited to work on the new magazine as it will be a great resource for the many passengers projected to experience Brightline’s railway service,” said Bill Panoff, PPI Group’s chief executive officer. “Brightline is the future of travel in South Florida and it is already revolutionizing the way people move around South Florida.”
Brightline currently connects the downtowns of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach with future service to Orlando and eventually Tampa. Its stations are located within walking distance or a short Lyft ride away from each city’s main cultural or government attractions.
About PPI Group
PPI Group is a multimedia company that specializes in digital marketing, custom publishing, video production, and onboard and shoreside programs for the cruise, travel and hospitality industries. The company’s flagship consumer cruise publication, Porthole Cruise Magazine, which celebrates 22 years in 2018, is published bi-monthly and available worldwide via newsstands and by both print and digital subscriptions. To learn more, visit www.ppigroup.com.
Brightline is the new benchmark for travel by train in America with express inter-city passenger rail service connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with expected future service to Orlando and Tampa, and expected future service connecting Las Vegas and Southern California. Providing a travel option that lives at the intersection of transportation and hospitality, the service will ease the stress of traffic, provide a simple and intuitive experience from door to destination, and foster new opportunities to explore more of Southeast Florida and the Southwestern United States. Brightline is the only privately owned, operated and maintained express intercity passenger rail system in the United States. For more information, visit our website: www.gobrightline.coma
nd follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twi tter.
September 24, 2018
A Sit Down With Stephen Chrisanthus: Captain Cruise
This month I got a chance to sit down with friend and Delray Beach resident Bill Panoff, an authority in the world of cruises and the publisher or Porthole Cruise Magazine, to discuss cruising and why he chooses Delray as his home port.
What inspired you to produce an international cruise magazine?
Thirty years ago the cruise industry was in it’s infancy… Fewer cruise lines and ships were in the marketplace… The industry was on a growth path and at that time there was no media or magazine to reach the cruise consumer. Surrounding myself with editors, publishers and graphic artists, Porthole Cruise Magazine was born. Today Porthole Cruise Magazine is the leading publication for cruise consumers, with subscribers in 40 countries.
You also have a show on cruises, what’s it about and where can you watch it?
Yes, I host a cruise channel on YouTube called Cruise Control with Bill Panoff. Every Tuesday our viewers tune in to the show to learn what’s new in cruising, exciting ports to visit, tips for first time cruisers , and much more. Encourage you all to tune in to cruise control.
What are some of your favorite cruise destinations? How does South Florida rate?
Caribbean, Europe, and Alaska are my favorite regions to cruise. South Florida is the gateway to the cruise industry with ports in Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Tampa, Port Canaveral to name a few.
You have obviously been around the world, what made you choose Delray Beach as your home port?
Delray for me is the best of both worlds; exciting and vibrant downtown nightlife, and quiet beachfront community with the best beaches in Florida.
What are some of your favorite places or things to do in Delray?
Love the go to the Avenue early in the evening when it’s not too busy and enjoy a drink and or dinner at Cut 432, and Tramonti’s.
What would you want your readers to know about Delray Beach as a destination?
Delray is a perfect pre and post stop in connection with South Florida cruise departures. For cruisers continuing on from Miami or Ft Lauderdale to Orlando I highly suggest a stop in Delray, one hour from Miami and 35 minutes from Fort Lauderdale.
Any upcoming changes or something new in the world of cruising?
As the cruise industry grows the variety of cruise itineraries is becoming more diverse. River cruises and Expedition cruises are growing a rapid pace.
Any words from the cruise master about cruising for those who have never taken one?
There is no more affordable vacation option in the world. Where else can you go and see the scenery change daily, food and entertainment included, unpack once… If you never cruised before check out Porthole Cruise Magazine or go to porthole.com. I promise you will be hooked.
Finally, any Cruise Control tips for those about to set sail?
Yes, always arrive in the city of embarkation a day or two before the cruise begins so you can explore. This way you actually get an additional port of call added to your cruise vacation.
July 30, 2018
Meet Bill Panoff of The PPI Group in Delray BeachThe following appeared on the VoyageMIA website
Today we’d like to introduce you to Bill Panoff.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Bill. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Over 30 years ago, I was hooked with the bug of cruising. With the advent of the TV show the Love boat I was mesmerized with the thought of working on board a cruise ship. In my early teens I was practicing magician, doing my parties and events in my hometown of Philadelphia. I also had a great desire to perform my magic aboard Cruise ships.
I was transported from a small town in Pennsylvania to life living on ships. This is where I gained my experience and learned missed opportunities that surrounded the cruise industry. From my knowledge gained on board I launched the PPI in the late 1980
The PPI Group today is the largest media company in the cruise space providing custom publishing, videography, digital, and preferred shopping programs to the CRUISE INDUSTRY. PPI is also the publisher of the leading cruise magazine Porthole
Has it been a smooth road?
Starting your own business always has struggles along the way. Believe in your mission, believe in yourself, and do not take no for an answer. If someone told her no, keep trying to get a yes from the person or another person in the same organization.
I started out of my second bedroom, and over 30 years later we have 50 employees in or Fort Lauderdale office.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The PPI Group story. Tell us more about the business.
PPI Group is a multimedia company that provides a variety of services that touch the cruise guest. Firstly we are a publishing company, the publishers over 40 titles annually, for hotels, Cruise Line’s, and businesses looking to create their own custom magazine. We are vertically integrated in that we produce all publications and house from A-to-Z. Our digital Division provide services to travel industry in general and offers an opportunity to reach those travelers in market and serve up targeted messages to them prior to the vacation. This is the fastest growing division of our company.
The magazine that were most well-known for is our cruise consumer magazine porthole. Porthole has been in the marketplace for well over 20 years and is considered the Bible for Cruise consumers thirsty for information about destinations, shopping, what crew ship to select, and what destination to go to. Porthole is available on newsstands and by subscription in print and digital form
Video is a large part of our organization and we produce custom videos in the house for the travel industry, with compelling graphics and engaging stories. These videos include state of the art production, compelling drone footage, all targeting the traveler. To learn more about what companies, go to PPI Group.com and Porthole.com
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The industry is constantly evolving, the cruise lines are very in tune in to the needs of their consumer, the ships are offering up more variety , engaging entertainment, technology advances that will embrace the millennial‘s, destinations that attract a broad market of consumers,
There is no more affordable vacation option in the market then accrues. Where else can you go where the food is included, entertainment is included, and the scenery changes several times during the crew.
June 6, 2018
Porthole Cruise Magazine Lends a Hand for World Oceans Day
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – June 6, 2018 –
In celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8th, and in an effort to spread awareness about ocean conservation, 4Ocean is hosting a worldwide cleanup event. Residents of Palm Beach County and local volunteers will join in for an afternoon of shoreside cleanup hosted by 4Ocean at Boca Raton Spanish River Park Beach.
Porthole Cruise Magazine shares in 4Ocean’s mission for creating a sustainable future for the world’s oceans through their coordinated cleanup events on beaches and at sea around the world. Members of Porthole’s team will be on hand to help with the cleanup efforts and event promotion.
Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Bill Panoff, echoed the need for cleaner oceans and a coordinated effort.
“Being in the cruise and travel industry for over 30 years has brought me great appreciation for the ocean and the organizations dedicated to keeping it clean,” he said. “It’s important to get involved now, and influence the future.”
Estimates place the number of pieces of plastic in the ocean at more than 5 trillion and rising with 16 billion tons being added through new pollution every year. The current rate of ocean pollution is unsustainable and threatens a wide variety of sea life, including South Florida’s own sea turtle population. Sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, their main source of food. Their already dwindling population has sea turtles classified as an endangered species.
4Oceans’ efforts since their founding two years ago has removed more than 700,000 pounds of trash and debris from the world’s oceans.
May 15, 2018
Porthole Cruise Magazine Opens Annual Readers' Choice Awards Voting with Expanded Categories
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – May 15, 2018
Porthole Cruise Magazine, the world’s leading cruise publication, announced the start of the 20th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Cruise guests are invited to vote for their favorite cruise ships, cruise lines and cruise destinations in each category. Porthole has also expanded voting this year to include new ways for cruisers to single out the best onboard amenities and their favorite cruise ports.
According to Porthole Editor-In-Chief Bill Panoff, this new addition to the Readers’ Choice Awards allows guests to give a full-bodied review of their cruise experiences, from best service to best Caribbean shopping port. “Our readers are the real experts,” Panoff says. “Their vacation experiences are invaluable to others seeking the best travel opportunities.”
A few of the newer categories include:
· Best Luxury Ship
· Best Caribbean Beach Port
· Best Multi-Generational Cruise Line
· Best Onboard Technology
· Best Ship App
· Best Alaska Destination
· Best World Cruise
When readers cast their ballots, they are also entered for a chance to win a three-day getaway to the tropical island of Bonaire. Filling out a reader survey offers a second entry into the contest.
The Porthole Cruise Magazine Annual Readers’ Choice Awards began in 1999. Readers have until the end of October to cast their ballots at Porthole.com (http://porthole.com/
April 12, 2018
Bill Panoff & Arnold Donald take the stage at the World Strategic Forum
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – April 12, 2018 —
Bill Panoff, CEO of PPI Group, will join President and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation, Arnold W. Donald, at the World Strategic Forum in Miami for a one-on-one interview to discuss current events, world politics, and chief challenges faced by the cruise industry. The World Strategic Forum will be held at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami on April 16 and 17, 2018.
The World Strategic Forum brings together world leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, and strategic experts in an effort to foster innovative solutions through exploration and collaboration on the central issues affecting economic development. “I am honored to be part of an event that influences positive change in the world’s economic development,”
says Panoff. “And while I look forward to my Interview with Arnold Donald, I am also grateful to be able to share the stage with so many influential leaders.”
This year’s topics encompass the event theme, “Leading an Era of Change,” with highlights including: Global Economic Outlook, Blockchain & The Future of Finance, Education & Entrepreneurship, Smart Infrastructure & The Cities of Tomorrow, Global Real-estate:
Responding to Climate Change, and Robots, Artificial Intelligence & The Future of Work.
World Strategic Forum speakers include: Luis Almagro Lemes, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS); Roger Dow, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Travel Association;
Chief Executive Officer of E.ON Climate & Renewables, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath; and President and Chief Executive Officer of Protolabs, Victoria M. Holt, among others.
January 26, 2018
PPI Group Partners with LAB.Ventures and the Future of Travel Summit
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Jan. 26, 2018 –
PPI Group, a travel industry leader in digital marketing and custom publishing, has partnered with LAB.Ventures in their upcoming event, the Future of Travel Summit. The event will be held at the Lightbox & The LAB Miami in the city’s trendy Wynwood Art District, February 12, 2018.
The Future of Travel Summit brings together a collective of industry leaders and innovative startups seeking to expand and develop technology in the travel industry. The lineup of speakers and panel discussions include executives from JetBlue Ventures, Boeing Ventures, Hilton, Marriott, Ritz Carlton Yacht, HitlistApp Hertz, Amadeus, TNOOZ, and many more.
One of the event’s main highlights is a Startup Pitch Competition with established tech-travel startups. Winners of the competition will be given the opportunity to present their travel technology on stage at Seatrade in March, the cruise industry’s leading trade show.
“With the evolution of travel, PPI Group prides itself on being at the forefront of travel technology and digital marketing,” said Bill Panoff, president and CEO. “The LAB Miami is a creative campus for entrepreneurs and innovators, which is why PPI Group is thrilled to join the Future of Travel Summit and help to stimulate that source of growth.”
“When we started LAB Ventures our idea was always to try to build a bridge between corporations looking for external sources of innovation and startups looking for customers. This event brings together in one place some of the most innovative TravelTech Startups with the world’s leading travel brands,” said The LAB’s Tigre Wenrich.
February 24, 2017
PPI Group, the leader in custom publishing, video production, and onboard and shoreside programs for the cruise, travel, and hospitality industries, has once again been selected as the official media host of Seatrade Cruise Global 2017, the cruise industry’s leading annual international exhibition and conference, which takes place March 13–16, 2017, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
As official media host, PPI Group’s president and CEO, Bill Panoff, will be on the floor to conduct on-camera interviews with cruise line executives and other key attendees while capturing the events and news surrounding the conference.
“Seatrade Cruise Global is one of the most significant events for the cruise industry,” said Panoff. “It’s a wonderful time to network, learn, and engage, and my team and I are thrilled to be a part of what will surely be another successful event.”
This is the fifth consecutive year that PPI Group has been an official media sponsor of Seatrade (previously, Cruise Shipping Miami). The sponsorship complements Seatrade Cruise Review as the official magazine and Seatrade Cruise News as the official online news for the event.
PPI Group, along with its flagship consumer cruise magazine, Porthole Cruise Magazine, will be exhibiting at the trade show at Booth 6. Porthole will also be available during the conference in the publication bins.
December 20, 2016
December 20, 2016 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – PPI Group, a leader in custom publishing for the cruise and travel industry, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) on the publication of Travel & Cruise, the official magazine of the cruise industry.
“It’s a natural fit,” said Bill Panoff, president and CEO of PPI Group. “As a company dedicated to reporting on, promoting, and enhancing the cruise experience, PPI Group’s experienced and knowledgeable media professionals are uniquely qualified to create a publication that remains vital and relevant to our business.”
The quarterly magazine, which has been published by FCCA since 1996, is distributed to more than 26,500 industry partners and travel agents, and features editorial content that includes developments within the global cruise industry and exclusive contributions from cruise line executives, leaders, and stakeholders.
“We are proud to work with PPI Group to publish Travel & Cruise,” said Michele Paige, president of the FCCA. “PPI Group has established themselves as a premier cruise industry partner, and the collaboration between the FCCA, CLIA, and PPI Group further cements Travel & Cruise as the official magazine of the global cruise industry.”
In March 2016, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association and leading authority of the global cruise community, partnered with FCCA to transform the magazine into a global publication that reinforces the cruise industry’s unified voice.
“Our new partnership with PPI Group enables us to provide the cruise community with the latest issues of Travel & Cruise magazine,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “I have no doubt that together with FCCA, we will continue to offer one-of-a-kind content to our readers.”