Top 5 Reasons to Meet at Sea
12 November 2019 • AIME News
By Joyce Landry, President & CEO, Landry & Kling Global Cruise Events
Successful meetings and incentive travel programs include unique experiences and authentic destination activities designed to motivate and inspire attendees. If you’re looking for a new venue and destination for your next event, why confine your search to land? Today’s cruise ships are like floating hotels, but they offer so much more! Here are five of the best reasons to meet at sea:
- Better Budget Control.
Events at sea are virtually all-inclusive and give you more “bang for your buck”! Gourmet meals with healthy choices, meeting space, use of AV equipment, sports facilities, daily activities and evening entertainment are complimentary on board the ship. And all are within easy walking distance, so there’s no need to arrange additional transportation. This means better budget control and simplified planning for you, with less out-of-pocket expenses for your attendees.
- Innovative Meeting & Event Space
Modern ships accommodate today’s business functions with flexible conference space, plus a variety of innovative indoor/outdoor venues for collaborative breakouts and group events. Theatres and lounges feature state-of-the-art multimedia systems and built-in décor, saving you time and money and giving your presentations a greater “wow” factor. And planners love that meeting space and AV is complimentary during a cruise program.
- A Secure, Self-Contained Environment
The self-contained nature of a cruise ship encourages greater meeting attendance while providing more networking opportunities. Meeting at sea on a “floating hotel” is a unique travel experience that helps build company/brand loyalty and inspires lasting relationships. Plus, a secure ship environment, particularly on a cruise ship charter, protects company privacy and reduces risk.
- More Motivating: Millennials (and Every Generation) Love Cruising!
Cruises offer multi-generational appeal. With a variety of activities and entertainment included, your cruise program will motivate and reward everyone while simplifying your planning. Millennials, in particular, crave authentic and unique travel experiences that a cruise delivers. Ships now offer advanced technology, WiFi, creative culinary options, high-tech entertainment, expanded sports decks, and active shore activities.
- Unique Travel Experiences, More Convenience
Why visit just one destination when you can travel to multiple cities in one relaxed trip? Your group will visit multiple ports of call with ease on a cruise ship – and have the convenience of unpacking only once. Each day in a new destination brings the anticipation of exploration, discovery and shared adventures. Choose from a variety of optional shore excursions that include local “behind the scenes” visits, cultural discovery tours, and active excursions. With shorter itineraries and enticing ports of call, the possibilities for meetings and incentive cruises are endless!
About Joyce Landry: Joyce Landry is President & CEO of Miami-based Landry & Kling Global Cruise Events. She co-founded the company in 1982 as the first to specialize in corporate meetings, incentives, and events at sea. Landry & Kling manages cruise projects and dockside ship charters around the globe for a diverse group of clients – including corporate meeting planners, event organizers, sports marketing companies and professional travel organizations.
Learn more about Landry & Kling Global Cruise Events here: https://landrykling.com/