Why Cruise Ships Provide a Welcomed Option for Meetings & Incentive Travel


Are you looking for a new and exciting option for your company’s next meeting?  Do you want to offer an incentive vacation to your employees but are out of fresh ideas?  Consider cruising!

Cruising is fun and exciting for any meeting or vacation.  Your group can enjoy exotic ports of call, gourmet food, world class entertainment, and comfortable accommodations.  Yet, cruise ships are vastly underutilized for meetings.

Many are unaware that there is space for meetings and incentive travel on cruise ships.  Cruise lines are making their private spaces attractive and available for your event.  There are opportunities for meeting planners to tour ships and the cruise lines now offer a variety of tools including deck maps, color photos, and virtual tours.

CRI Meetings can guide you through the maze.  We have experience negotiating with the cruise lines – which is more rigorous than the average hotel.  We take the guess work out of contracting meeting space on ships and ease you through the contracting process.  We put guarantees in place to assure your event is successful.

There are many options in the cruise industry which allows great flexibility to meet your needs.  An ideal group meeting or incentive trip would include four to five nights of sailing, while six to eight nights are preferable for individual incentive travel.  There are private charters available with smaller cruise lines like SilverSea and Regent, which can host 50 to 500 guests and allows unlimited flexibility.  Booking in advance is key to achieving your meeting needs and enjoying costs savings.

Stay tuned for our next post where we will discuss how meetings at sea can offer tax and cost savings for the corporate client.

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