Motivating Cruise Destinations
Nothing beats an all-inclusive cruise to enticing ports of call when it comes to motivating and rewarding your company’s top performers or key vendors. Book a beautiful ship that offers a diverse array of activities in far-flung destinations for your next recognition program, and watch your sales and productivity soar! You’ll save money, simplify your planning, and your attendees will love that they only have to unpack and pack once.
There are countless alluring destinations to consider for an incentive cruise, and each possess a unique blend of activities, culture, and scenery. From tropical Caribbean islands to mythical Greek isles and beyond, the itinerary choices for incentive cruise programs are nearly limitless.
Incentive Cruise Destination Highlights
South Pacific: Heavenly Hawaii and Tahiti
The year-round tropical islands of the South Pacific are among the most motivating incentive destinations in the world – who wouldn’t work harder to qualify for a dream cruise to paradise? These seven-night voyages provide a complete escape from the everyday, with a diverse range of outdoor activities and stunning natural beauty.
Island-hopping Hawaiian cruises, many of which are tax-deductible, focus on the natural beauty of the volcanic isles and local culture. The leisurely pace of these cruises, along with plenty of adventure excursions to choose from, have made Hawaii an ideal incentive cruise destination.
Forget paradise lost – Tahiti is paradise found! The largest of the Polynesian islands combines the tropical splendor of Hawaii with turquoise lagoons fringed by coral reefs, lush volcanoes brimming with waterfalls,and intoxicating islands evocative of Gauguin. For incentive groups, the exotic lure of Tahiti creates an unrivalled sense of adventure and uniqueness, characteristics important to keep motivation on track.
Caribbean & Bahamas Dreaming
Looking for diversity and adventure, not to mention memorable on-shore events that can cater to any size group? Then consider a cruise to the Caribbean or Bahamas. The 7,000 lush, tropical islands include Aruba, Barbados, Antigua or the British Virgin Islands. Other three- to seven-night Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries might include Jamaica, Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas; Puerto Rico; Grand Cayman; St. Lucia; Grenada; St. Maarten or Trinidad & Tobago. Some itineraries also include a day at a cruise line “private island” – ideal for private group events or teambuilding fun.
Every island is unique, offering watersports, ecotours, and cultural and historic excursions. Year-round Caribbean/Bahamas cruises are 3-7 nights long, with no shortage of itineraries and opportunities for special group activities ashore. Think ziplines plunging across rainforests, hiking through waterfalls, snorkeling with stingrays, kayaking through caves, deep-sea diving and fishing. And for downtime, your top performers can join golf outings on impeccable greens, or laze on white, pristine beaches under swaying palm trees.
We find this is the most popular incentive cruise destination in North America after the Caribbean, and for good reason. Alaska’s unspoiled and vast wilderness is inspiring, and provides countless memories. With a relatively short season (May-Sept), incentive cruises with an Alaskan itinerary are highly sought after.
High adventure is the theme of many Alaska shore excursions. Your group can choose from kayaking, biking or adrenaline-charged activities such as glacier hiking or zip lines. Fly over glaciers and alpine ranges. Go in search of grizzly bears, moose and caribou herds. Experience the thrill of dog sledding or catch a prized salmon. Then, finally, it’s time to recharge and refuel at the infamous Red Dog Saloon, where they’ll be transported back in time to the Gold Rush era of the late 19th century.
For those seeking more peaceful pursuits, the Alaskan wilderness provides serenity and relaxation. Your attendees will experience the creaking and calving of ancient glaciers, marvel at magnificent eagles in-flight, and watch unparalleled beauty unfold from the comfort of the ship’s deck or their own stateroom balcony.
The Alaskan wilderness is the perfect setting for teambuilding activities to stir the spirit (adventurous or otherwise) of high achievers. And while Alaska might feel like the final frontier in a foreign country with its unique sights and sounds, convenient departure ports of Seattle and Vancouver make it an ideal incentive cruise destination.
The Mythical Mediterranean
A Mediterranean cruise is on everyone’s “bucket list”, and is a highly motivating incentive destination. There’s a hypnotic allure to the island of Mykonos, the hills of Olympia, the dramatic landscapes of Santorini, the maze of canals and squares of Venice, and exotic treasures of Istanbul.
Steeped in history, with fabled architecture, ancient ruins, and dramatic coastlines, Mediterranean cruises never fail to inspire. Your incentive group sailing on a Western Mediterranean itinerary might visit the glamourous ports of Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo before stopping at harbours along the Spanish and Italian Rivieras.
Eastern Mediterranean cruises span the Adriatic to the Greek archipelago, Crete and Cyprus, to the Bosporus Straits and back to the Italian coast at Venice. Each port offers something rewarding for everyone – scenic tours, shopping excursions, timeless art treasures and archeological digs, and of course, epicurean delights.
What also makes European cruises popular with incentive travel planners is the favorable cost comparison to hotel-based programs: cruises are booked in US dollars and never subject to currency fluctuation. Importantly, the number of port visits, gourmet cuisine and unique experiences make cruise itineraries impactful, motivating and highly coveted by high achievers.
From Vikings to the Czar: Baltic Waterways
From fjords to fortresses, the lands surrounding the icy waters of the Baltic are regarded as some of the most extreme on the Continent. Closed off to westerners until only a few decades ago, the waterways of the Vikings and Czars – Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo and St. Petersburg – have proven to be compelling attractions for incentive programs.
Exclusive Group Events reflect this: In St. Petersburg, the Catherine Palace commissioned by Peter the Great in 1710 now hosts lavish private events, allowing the same ballrooms in which the Czar threw opulent parties to become available for incentive group events. The Stockholm City Hall, where the acclaimed Nobel Prize is awarded every year, is another coveted destination, as is an authentic Viking party or Medieval-themed reception.