Luxury Corporate Cruises realizes great value of cruises versus land based travels and our cruise value versus land comparison chart lists some items that are most important to corporate cruises.
Land versus Sea Pricing
On a per-day basis, cruises are less expensive than comparable land-based resorts. Virtually all-inclusive, cruises save time and money while your clients enjoy all the benefits of cruising with a premium cruise line. They’ll enjoy elegant ships, original artwork, and attentive service by the trained staff, new destinations every day, exciting shore excursions, five-star dining, state-of-the-art conference facilities and amenities designed to make each guest feel uniquely rewarded.
Cruises are sensational venues for almost any type of incentive program, business event or professional meeting. Whether it’s a dockside charter in the Caribbean for a global meeting or an executive retreat on an intimate yacht sailing in the Med, there’s a ship and itinerary perfect for your next event.
Here are the Top 10 Most Popular Types of Cruise Events
1. Incentive / Employee Recognition Cruises
Only A SMALLPERCENTAGE OF THE population has been on a cruise, and the all-inclusive nature of a ship makes a cruise incentive especially appealing! Individual cruise certificates or group travel programs are powerful motivational tools for employees, channel dealers, sales staff or franchisees. Reward top talent and increase productivity by planning a recognition program at sea.
2. Customer Appreciation Cruise
The self-contained environment of a cruise ship makes cruising ideal for relationship-building and generating future business. With a variety of on board dining venues, bars, lounges and theaters, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for entertaining your customers. They’ll also appreciate sharing the experiences on the ship and ashore with their spouse or guest.
3. Business Meetings
Save money and add greater impact to your annual meeting, board meeting, or sales conference. Today’s cruise ships offer meeting planners complimentary use of dedicated conference centers, flexible meeting space and built-in A/V. Creative spaces and being at sea will lead to “out of the box” thinking and increased camaraderie.
4. Conferences, Conventions and Trade Shows
With capacity for up to 5,000 people, a ship is a convenient, self-contained venue that can add pizzazz to increase attendance and control cost. A conference or convention at sea will generate pre- and post-event buzz, more networking opportunities, and have lasting impact.
5. Continuing Education at Sea
Planners of medical, legal and other professional continuing education programs are using cruise ships to increase attendance and boost satisfaction ratings. A great option for family programs, a seminar at sea is also conducive to peer-to-peer networking and exchange of ideas.
6. Executive Retreats
If your Suite is ready for a Change, a cruise will deliver the results you need, at any budget level. For the ultimate in security and privacy, consider a small ship or yacht charter. If a full-ship charter isn’t feasible, take a look at the “ship within a ship” private enclaves on Norwegian and MSC Cruises ships – you’ll have the best of both worlds!
7. Theme or Special Interest Cruises
An affinity, themed or special interest cruise is the best way to bring like-minded people together to share and celebrate their common interest. Ships provide a budget-friendly alternative to land-based venues. Whether it’s a cruise for music fans, food and wine lovers, dance enthusiasts or sports fans, your guests will love the opportunity to meet and mingle with their favourite performers, artists, sports stars or celebrities.
8. Fund Raisers at Sea
Universities, hospitals and other organizations motivate donations through travel programs that earmark a portion of the cruise price for a worthy cause. Some nonprofits are chartering ships for special interest cruises to raise funds.
9. Cruise Ship Charters
For the ultimate security and prestige, charter a vessel for your organization’s exclusive use. The opportunities for customization are limitless – you can fly your company’s flag, customize the itinerary and daily on board events, even stage your own entertainment or awards ceremony. You will have the entire ship at your command.
10. Dockside Charters or “Floating Hotels”
If there’s a shortage of hotel space for a city-wide convention or global event in a port city, consider a dockside charter to accommodate the overflow. You’ll get instant housing and lots of publicity with your “floating hotel”.
Here are the most common types of ship charter programs:
1. Meetings, Conferences or Conventions
A chartered ship is a perfect venue for corporate or global meetings that require exclusive use of all onboard conference/meeting space. Examples include a private yacht charter for an executive committee retreat, a dealer-franchise convention on a resort-style cruise ship or a government meeting in a destination that needs supplemental sleeping rooms and general function space. Example: “floating hotels” dockside
2. Affinity or Theme Cruises
A privately chartered ship is the best way to bring like-minded people together for a special interest event, fundraiser or affinity cruise. Whether it’s a cruise for music fans, food and wine aficionados or craft lovers, a ship gives everyone the unique chance to mingle with their favourite performers or meet others who share a common interest. Examples: Music themes of all kinds, lifestyle cruises, religious cruises)
3. Product Launches
Nothing is more exciting than launching a new product at sea – and when you charter the ship, you can use all the public space to make it a unique showcase for your product. Example: A luxury auto maker introduced a new model aboard a ship charter, moving the vessel from one port city to another in the Mediterranean.
4. Consumer Promotions
A self-contained cruise ship is a great venue to meet your loyal customers and showcase your products. With just your group onboard, the entire experience can be customized to promote your brand, tying in with in-store promotions or sweepstakes, while targeting your customers’ interests. Example: A major beer brand has chartered ships for annual music-themed cruises.
5. Incentive Programs
There is nothing in the world that compares to being part of an elite group on a ship that’s been customized just for you! This unique experience is the ultimate reward for stellar performance, one that will continue to motivate long after the cruise ends. Example: Many insurance and high-tech companies have hosted their top producing sales winners aboard private ship charters.
6. Corporate Anniversaries
A corporate anniversary is an important occasion, and a significant way to celebrate milestones of any kind and say “thank you” to those who contributed to your success, is by booking a “ship of your own”. Examples: Toy companies, modeling agencies, technology companies
We create customized corporate cruises and floating conferences for companies and organizations or groups.
Our corporate cruise events are an excellent way to provide you a cost effective and memorable brand awareness, marketing opportunity or incentive to make you money.