Whether you need 25 staterooms for an executive retreat, 500 staterooms for a sales recognition program, or 2,500 rooms for a global convention, an event on a privately chartered vessel is a unique and memorable experience your attendees cannot duplicate on their own.

Here are the most common types of ship charter programs:

1. Meetings, Conferences or Conventions

A chartered ship is a perfect venue for corporate or global meetings that require exclusive use of all onboard conference/meeting space. Examples include a private yacht charter for an executive committee retreat, a dealer-franchise convention on a resort-style cruise ship or a government meeting in a destination that needs supplemental sleeping rooms and general function space. (Example: Fifth Summit of the Americas used “floating hotels” dockside in Trinidad.)

2. Affinity or Theme Cruises

A privately chartered ship is the best way to bring like-minded people together for a special interest event, fundraiser or affinity cruise. Whether it’s a cruise for music fans, food and wine aficionados or craft lovers, a ship gives everyone the unique chance to mingle with their favorite performers or meet others who share a common interest. (Examples: Music themes of all kinds, lifestyle cruises, religious cruises)

3. Product Launches

Nothing is more exciting than launching a new product at sea – and when you charter the ship, you can use all the public space to make it a unique showcase for your product. (Example: A luxury auto maker introduced a new model aboard a ship charter, moving the vessel from one port city to another in the Mediterranean.)

4. Consumer Promotions

A self-contained cruise ship is a great venue to meet your loyal customers and showcase your products. With just your group onboard, the entire experience can be customized to promote your brand, tying in with in-store promotions or sweepstakes, while targeting your customers’ interests. (Example: A major beer brand has chartered ships for annual music-themed cruises.)

5. Incentive Programs

There is nothing in the world that compares to being part of an elite group on a ship that’s been customized just for you! This unique experience is the ultimate reward for stellar performance, one that will continue to motivate long after the cruise ends. (Example: Many insurance and high-tech companies have hosted their top producing sales winners aboard private ship charters.)

6. Corporate Anniversaries

A corporate anniversary is an important occasion, and a significant way to celebrate milestones of any kind and say “thank you” to those who contributed to your success, is by booking a “ship of your own”. (Examples: Toy companies, modeling agencies, technology companies)