When it comes to choosing meeting and event venues, it’s time for the C-Suite to make a Sea-Change.
You’re busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, and now you have to plan another meeting or event for your organization. Did you know that choosing a cruise ship venue can save you up to 40% when compared to a comparable hotel property…and it will simplify your planning?
“Sounds great!”, you’re thinking, “but how do I get consensus from the executive decision makers?” If they’re used to meeting at traditional land-based properties, you’ll have to give them a good reason to consider a sea-change.
Here are 25 benefits of choosing a cruise
1. Cost Savings: The average per person cost for a cruise event is $150 per day, based on double occupancy, while a resort meeting can cost up to $500 per person, per day. And cruise programs are more inclusive!
2. Better Budget Control: Meals, meeting space, use of AV, recreational activities and evening entertainment are all included.
3. Less expense for attendees: They’ll appreciate not having to pay out-of-pocket for meals, snacks, room service, valet parking, taxis and show tickets.
4. Ease of planning: You can cross this off your task list – menus to pore over and negotiate, decor to arrange, off-site activities to plan, entertainment to book – it’s included.
5. More bang for your buck: Theaters and lounges feature state-of-the-art sound, light and projection systems and built-in décor, saving you considerable time and money and giving your presentations a greater “wow” factor.
6. A ship is a self-contained environment, fostering relationship-building and encouraging greater meeting attendance and participation. There are less outside distractions on a ship, so your attendees can focus more on the program agenda.
7. Cruises offer multi-generational appeal: Your cruise program will motivate and reward everyone, and simplify your planning for family programs –kids and teens have their own shipboard programs.
8. Superior Service: Ship staff-to-guest ratio is generally three times that of most resorts, so everyone in your group will receive attentive and personalized service.
9. Included activities and entertainment create a built-in spouse program and a variety of options for your group when they’re not in meetings. Kids and teens have their own activities and lounges on ships, making family program planning a breeze.
10. Don’t skip meals or have attendees pay on their own. Meals, snacks – even room service – are included on a ship.
11. An abundance of dining options and ever-changing menus make meals memorable. From elegant dining rooms to intimate specialty restaurants and casual poolside grills, ship dining will please even the most discerning tastes. Unlike hotel banquet meals, guests order “off the menu” in the dining room and enjoy unlimited servings.
12. Special dietary needs? No problem! Cruise ships can accommodate most special dietary needs at no additional cost
13. Welcome Reception included: Most cruise lines offer groups a complimentary one-hour cocktail reception with hot and cold canapes and open bar in a comfortable lounge. Stunning views and decor included, and live entertainment can also be negotiated.
14. International programs purchased in U.S. dollars: Cruises allow you to offer international programs without the financial risk of currency fluctuations.
15. Adventure and convenience included: Your group can visit multiple destinations with comfort and ease on a cruise ship – no extra packing and unpacking. Each day in a new port brings the anticipation of exploration, discovery and adventure.
16. A unique experience on a ship builds company/brand identity loyalty and lasting relationships to deliver a solid return on investment.
17. A secure ship environment, particularly on a full-ship charter, protects company privacy and reduces risk.
18. Humongous Savings on A/V: Ships offer complimentary use of audio/visual equipment including: AMX touch panels, monitors, DVD Players, microphones, LCD projectors, video walls, teleconferencing, plasma TV’s.
19. Wellness Activities: Complimentary use of Health and Fitness Centers with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and workout equipment, some are open 24 hours (nearly all with stunning sea views)
20. Sports for fitness, fun and teambuilding events: Ships feature AquaParks, rock-climbing walls, sports decks with basketball/volleyball/soccer courts, mini-golf, even ice skating, zip lines and ropes courses on some ships! All complimentary, by the way.
21. Blockbuster entertainment options – without spending a dime. No need to leave the ship for spectacular, complimentary entertainment including Broadway shows, cirque-style aerial performers, live music, dance clubs, Las Vegas acts.
22. Close to home: Ships sail from more than two dozen departure ports in North America, so chances are good there’s a port within driving distance, saving you flight expenses and stress.
23. More short itineraries: Cruise Lines are listening to planners and adding more 3, 4 and 5-night sailings, so you can schedule your meetings and still give attendees time to connect with each other and explore new ports of call.
24. Creative meeting spaces lead to creative thinking, new ideas. Sterile hotel meeting room or brainstorming sessions in comfortable lounges with ocean views – which space do you think is more inspiring?
25. No worries about sneaky “hidden fees”. Hidden hotel fees like resort charges (up to $60 per day), mini-bar restocking fees, and astronomical valet parking rates have many planners feeling hotel sticker shock. Your cruise pricing is transparent: Room rate, gratuities, and port fees are clearly outlined in your group quote.
Need more reasons to book a ship?
Give the Cruise Event Specialists at Landry & Kling at call at 800-448-9002. They’ll be happy to give you a free group cruise consultation!
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