Cruise Event FAQs – Answers to Common Questions
What is there to do aboard ship during the day?
Cruise ships offer a wide variety of sports facilities, daily activities, classes and enrichment programs for attendees and their guests. Planners don’t have to worry about hiring entertainers, bands or planning extra activities for leisure time.
In fact, we’ve heard our clients say that because there is so much to do onboard ship, they worry more about what to cut from the normal land-based program!
Why should I choose a cruise instead of a land based venue?
The benefits are endless! A ship visits multiple destinations and offers much more to do and see. The all-inclusive nature of a cruise saves you time and money while simplifying your meal and entertainment planning. With today’s competitive cruise prices, you can save up to 30% as compared to land programs.
How does the price of a cruise compare to a hotel?
Dollar for dollar, when you compare a cruise program’s cost and inclusions to a hotel, you’ll see the price benefit of selecting a ship.
Can we really accomplish our business goals on a ship?
Absolutely! Many of today’s ships come with meeting facilities that mirror those found in hotels including conference and breakout rooms, audio visual equipment, etc. – and it’s all included. Also, a ship is a self-contained environment which means greater meeting attendance and participation.
Is there anything I can do to customize a cruise?
Some planners are initially reluctant to take their group on a large ship, concerned the cruise might not seem truly special. We can help recommend private events and ways to customize the experience to accomplish that, just as you do in a hotel where other guests share the property. While a private charter provides a wonderful experience, sometimes there’s just not a feasible fit between the group and the right ship, date & destination needed. Fortunately you don’t have to charter – after all, you don’t usually have exclusive occupancy of a resort or hotel, do you? And there are a lot of unique solutions to enhance the cruise experience.
Won’t my attendees feel confined?
Not at all, especially on some of the larger ships. On board these floating resorts, there are plenty of activities, entire decks of sports and entertainment facilities, and lots of space to explore. And of course, you can be in a different destination every day.
What types of meeting facilities are available on board ships?
Almost anything you can find in a hotel! Cruise ship meeting facilities range in size from executive board rooms for 8 to show lounges with capacities of over 1500.
Are there ships appropriate for corporate groups sailing for less than 7 nights?
You bet! In fact, there are more options than ever for 3, 4, and 5-night itineraries anywhere in the world.
What if we want to charter a ship of our own?
Great idea! Chartering a ship offers fantastic benefits and is a completely customized experience that can’t be duplicated. Before you commit to a ship of your own, it’s important that you select the most appropriate ship for your group and understand the financial requirements.
Is there Internet service on board?
Almost all of today’s ships have wireless capability in Internet Cafes or WiFi spots throughout the ships. Some even have wireless access in the staterooms for personal laptop use. Each individual cruise line can give you more details about Internet service on specific ships.
Is there phone and fax service on ships? Can I use my cell phone?
All ships have phone and fax service, and many ships also have mobile phone service capabilities. Check with the individual cruise line to find out if your selected ships allow cell phone use.
Do our attendees need passports? What about U.S. Passport Cards?
Passports are still required for international air and sea travel and recommended for all cruise passengers. However, new wallet-size U.S. Passport Cards are less expensive and might be acceptable for U.S. citizens cruising in Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, and some Caribbean islands
Are cruises tax deductible?
Sometimes – please visit our Tax Deductibility section for guidelines.
How are cruise programs rated by the attendees?
In our years of delivering thousands of cruise programs, we’ve NEVER operated one that wasn’t an enormous success. This isn’t surprising, given the high repeat factor for cruises in general.