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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Why Not Hold Your Next Business Event on a Cruise Ship?

Business meetings, incentive trips, conferences and seminars, no matter how well planned, can seem to be the same from meeting to meeting and year to year. There are numerous realistic benefits to holding your next business gathering on-board a cruise, so break up the monotony and consider hosting your next meeting at sea!

The Lay of the Land-Based
Conducting meetings offsite and at different venues has proven to be very helpful in motivating participants, building the team and even unwinding after the day-long discussions and brainstorming sessions. However, the perception exists that such gatherings need to be held at land-based hotels or convention centers.  Additionally, organizing participants from several different locations can be very expensive.  This is especially true when considering additional costs associated with audio visual needs, food, accommodations, entertainment and team building events.

If you’re thinking about holding a meeting or incentive program at the same old landlocked hotel overlooking the interstate, it’s time to think outside the box – about 500 nautical miles outside the box. If you’re looking to increase sales, recognize performance and build morale, a cruise has more of what you really want from a corporate event.

Why Hold Your Next Business Event on a Cruise Ship?
With most meals and onboard amenities included in one low price, meetings and incentive travel on cruise ships are a significantly better value compared to land-based options. And the advantages don’t stop there. Meeting facilities can handle groups of every size; state-of-the-art presentation and communications capabilities; and event coordinators to ensure your meeting experience lives up to your most demanding expectations.

So Why Hold Your Next Event on a Cruise Ship? A Better Question is: Why Not?

Team Building Opportunities While Cruising
Once on the cruise, participants cannot easily come and go from the ship, which would greatly enhance the opportunity for networking as well as foster a sense of community amongst participants. Cruise ships can offer organized activities for meeting groups such as cocktail parties, fine dining or even reorganization ceremonies - all with potentially great outcomes.

Entertainment and Other Activities on Board Included
Compared to restaurants and resorts where you need to pay for individual entertainment and activities for participants, cruise ships offer great packages with their fare prices including on-board activities, restaurant food, entertainment for all ages, etc. You are assured that every participant should be quite satisfied and well worth the price paid.

In Closing
We recommend a cruise as a venue for your next meeting due to the great flexibility and variety offered to you and your participants. Besides excellent accommodations, a cruise also offers outstanding cuisine and entertainment to passengers and your company doesn’t have to charter the whole ship; you can book only what you need for accommodations and conference rooms.

Before You Book Your Next Land-Based Event
We can make arrangements for you to conduct a site inspection allowing you to walk through the venues and check out the facilities. Contact Xpertise Cruise Travel at 1-877-246-8021 or via email kerry.stange@xpertisecruises.com  and enjoy your next meeting to the fullest as you sail into the sunset – Bon Voyage!

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