Meetings on the High Seas

Cozy hideaways, small lounges and casual parlor settings are just a few of the things that have helped catapult the trend of meeting on the high seas. While the majority of cruise passengers are still vacationers, many businesses are discovering the value of holding meetings and events on cruise ships. An overwhelming majority of corporate cruise business is based on rewards programs or incentives for a job well done. However, many companies are beginning to hold strategic planning meetings, team-building retreats, quarterly reviews and educational seminars aboard cruise vessels.

Cruise ships offer a unique combination of incentives for companies and organizations. They have become the logical choice for events of all sizes because they are extremely cost effective. Rooms, entertainment, meals and additional amenities are usual included in the package rate. Cruise ships offer an easy way to plan and control a rigid budget. They are essentially a one-stop-shop for meetings and events.

Cruise meetings and events force participants to stay on the ship and interact. Unlike hotels, which give attendees access to roam away from events, cruise ships require that people eat, drink and socialize together. In essence, the hotel door is locked.

Cruise ships are equipped to accommodate most technological needs. They are generally equipped with projectors, flat-screen televisions and audio-visual equipment. Many cruise ships also offer wireless Internet and cell-phone capabilities.

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