Types and Sizes of Ships Used for Meetings and Events at Sea

The world of cruising offers great flexibility for almost every size of group and event.  From large mega-ships that bring thousands of guests to popular destinations; to smaller, more intimate vessels that offer incredibly personalized service and unique itineraries to seldom-visited ports.  Which is best for your group?   Here’s a helpful guide to each category to help you plan:

Mega Cruise ship used for meetings, incentive cruisesMega Ships – 1,500+ sleeping rooms
These new breed of ships have revolutionized the concept of cruising with innovative features like shipboard “neighborhoods” and loft suites. The mega ships offer unique  recreational activities ranging from Zip Line rides suspended over nine decks and challenging ropes courses, to surf simulators and skating rinks. They boast the greatest variety of onboard dining venues and big-name entertainment options. Planners will find dedicated conference rooms and the widest variety of meeting spaces. Because of their size, the mega ships call on the larger, more popular eastern and western Caribbean ports.
Large Cruise Ship used for meetings and group cruise eventsLarge Ships – 800 – 1,500 sleeping rooms
Formerly known as “mega” ships until the latest generation hit the seas, these contemporary vessels feature a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues,flexible meeting space and the latest in AV equipment. Many upgraded and premium ships fall into this size category and boast well-equipped health clubs and spas, specialty restaurants, and staterooms with verandas.These seagoing resorts offer 3 to 7-night cruises to the world’s most popular destinations -the Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska and the Mediterranean.
Mid-size cruise ship for group cruise events, incentive cruisesMid-Sized Ships – 300 – 800 sleeping rooms
Mid-sized ships range from classic style to sleek and contemporary. These ships often fall in the “upper premium” category and can offer a high degree of service, more inclusions, and greater exclusivity than mega-liners. Most have ample activities and entertainment, as well as several venues suitable for group events. They typically feature gourmet restaurants and a more subdued, intimate on board ambiance. Ideal for cruise ship charter, these ships offer a greater variety of destinations than the larger ships and mega-liners.
Mega-yacht used for private ship charterSmall Ships – 150 to 300 sleeping rooms
Most of these ships cater to the sophisticated, well-traveled passenger and provide the highest level of service, fine dining and deluxe amenities. Many vessels in this category are super premium or luxury, boasting all-suite accommodations, Butler service, and a truly all-inclusive experience. They are excellent for private cruise ship charters for groups of up to 600. Because of their small size, these vessels often feature more exotic itineraries in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Shore excursions are sometimes included.
River ship can be chartered for corporate events, incentive cruisesIntimate Vessels – Fewer than 150 sleeping rooms
Vessels in this size category run the gamut from from mega-yachts and river ships to expedition ships and sailing vessels. They typically offer an upscale but casual on-board experience for sophisticated travelers. Due to their intimate size, they offer an immersive experience in more exotic destinations, and often include overnights in ports. While they don’t offer the dining variety and entertainment choices of big ships, they are perfect for building camaraderie through shared experiences. Ideal for charter – you set the itinerary to suit your needs.