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Why Choose a Cruise for Your Next Conference, Meeting, or Incentive Program?

It’s the perfect combination!


Take all the amenities of a land-based resort…add the impeccable service and exotic destinations unique to an ocean voyage…wrap it up in a package that offers remarkable value…and the question might well become, why choose anything else for your next incentive program, meeting or conference?


Incentive travel, major meetings and conferences are all about motivation. Whether you’re rewarding a top salesperson, showing appreciations to a client, or planning an annual corporate meeting, the goal is to provide an experience that is truly inspiring. And what could be more inspirational than swimming with angelfish in the Caribbean and whale watching in the wilds of Alaska? Doing so while enjoying an adventure of sailing on a magnificent ship!


For incentive travelers, cruises can offer many personal touches to help recognize top achievers. Floral arrangements, cocktail receptions, special shore excursions, and award ceremonies are just a few of the available options.


For meetings and conferences, cruises can offer flexible meeting rooms to accommodate everything from small groups and breakout sessions to lectures and general sessions. Whether you need theatre-style seating, classroom or boardroom layout, a small intimate setting – or all of the above, many ships have the facilities to meet your needs.


And to top it off, a cruise is not merely less expensive than most land-based resorts; it is a much better value all around. A cruise experience is virtually all-inclusive. You can easily take for granted that you’ll enjoy exquisite onboard meals, comfortable accommodations, seemingly endless shipboard activities, top-notch nightly entertainment and so much more – all with no hidden costs and no stress.


Cruises are perfect for meetings and conferences of all sizes.


Whether your meeting is for 15 or 1,500, cruise ships have spacious, well-designed facilities providing the perfect mix of business and pleasure. From large, comfortable theatres with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, to cinema and conference centers with multi-media audio/visual capabilities, and smaller break-out rooms. Some ships even offer multi-lingual translation via wireless transmitter and headsets, and interactive audience keypads.


Meeting rooms onboard are designed for your comfort and convenience, featuring individually controlled thermostats, lighting controls and telephones. In addition, many lounges feature built-in technology, offering unlimited possibilities for more elaborate presentations. In fact, on some ships you can even bring in a speaker or custom entertainment into the ship’s theatre.


And on any ship, cruise lines offer dedicated onboard convention and meeting group coordinators who offer around-the-clock personal assistance through the cruise. These highly-skilled personnel help orchestrate and check every last detail, giving you the confidence you need to relax and enjoy the trip, stress free.


Cruises offer something for everyone.


Cruises offer a world of travel on elegant ships adorned with original artwork and finishes of wood, etched glass and marble. Voyages include fresh gourmet cuisine, exciting entertainment and state-of-the-art conference facilities. With amenities designed to make each guest feel uniquely rewarded, a cruise experience can be customized to make it completely inclusive.


Your travelers might choose to take a swim in the pool or enjoy an invigorating workout in the spa and fitness center. They can learn to snorkel, explore exciting ports of call, shop onboard for trendy fashions or just relax on deck with a favorite book. At night, they’ll enjoy magnificent contemporary musical productions, dancing under the stars, glittering casinos and fabulous culinary experiences for which cruises are so well known.


When combining the advantages of the outstanding meeting and conference facilities with an incomparable array of pleasures, participants will applaud the wisdom and insight of conducting an event on a cruise. And to top it off, the onboard experience offered on a cruise reflects positively on any business or organization in the same way it motivate participants to new levels of success.


How a Cruise Compares

On a per day basis, a cruise offers a better value than comparable land-based resorts. All the following and more can be included in the cruise price:


  • Air Transportation and Transfers
  • Accommodations
  • All Gourmet Meals
  • Impeccable Service
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Fantastic Entertainment
  • A World of Shipboard Activities
  • Exciting Itineraries with Multiple Ports of Call
  • Luxurious Spa
  • Full Casino
  • Health and Fitness Facilities, including Classes
  • Meeting Facilities with Standard AV Equipment
  • Services of an Onsite Meeting Coordinator


But like any good event, it's best to not leave the details to chance. Work with an experienced cruise travel professional like Cruise Holidays. We have established relationships with the cruise lines and know the best ways to work with the cruise lines' onboard meeting planners to help ensure your meeting, incentive trip or convention flows smoothly.