Meetings At Sea
Imagine being able to sit at a conference table while being treated to breathtaking views of one-of-a-kind ocean backdrops. A corporate meeting outside the office environment makes perfect sense. Simply Divine Events, as well as other meeting planners, are always looking for new and exciting options when it comes to meeting venues for our clients. According to industry experts, the number of people boarding cruise ships for meetings or work-related activities has been growing at a steady pace. Companies realize the broad range of experiences cruise ships can offer, both in meeting the organization’s objectives and exploring different destinations. Whether it’s a corporate retreat, convention, training seminar, annual or quarterly review meeting, Simply Divine Events will make it easy when it comes to planning for a group cruise. We had the pleasure of booking our first meeting at sea on Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas which was a perfect fit for our group of 70.
Everything at One Place
According to Doug Gollan’s article on www.Forbes.com, what is driving the clients to these options, are the mega ships. They provide the luxuries and entertainment that you would find in destinations like Orlando and Las Vegas. Everything you need is closely available, blending convenience and productivity with a relaxing environment. Another key factor, according to Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, Sales, Trade Support and Service for Royal Caribbean International, is the breakthrough of bringing high-speed internet to its ships, including the ability to stream video as well as link with land-based colleagues. Groups have access to projectors, screen televisions, video walls, laptops, professional lighting, soundboards and more ensuring a meaningful onboard meeting experience. The addition of impeccable technological capabilities along with state-of-the-art conference facilities allows for a complete meeting package that delivers the most value.
Another bonus is that typically, meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment, meals, recreational and entertainment facilities are all included in the cruise fare, which is a big selling point as opposed to hotels and resorts. According to Jo Kling, president of Landry & Kling, meetings at sea can be 20-30% cheaper than most land-based hotels and resorts. Attendees get the opportunity to visit different exotic destinations every day and engage in exciting onboard activities at an all-inclusive package. As for dining, attendees get to choose their everyday meals from an extensive buffet rather than a preplanned banquet platter. Even those with special dietary needs are catered for. A cruise meeting undoubtedly offers exceptional value and a great diversity of experiences, motivating the members of the group to meet or exceed their goals.
Prices will vary depending on the type of ship you want to use, the number of attendees, your choice of onboard meals and entertainment, the extent of stay as well as the time of year and destinations to be visited. Companies can choose to book a part of a ship or hire a full charter, well, depending on their size. A large vessel offers a broad range of accommodation options and state-of the-art-amenities while smaller ships give a personalized service with luxurious amenities and more flexible itineraries. Whatever your cruise needs, we can negotiate the perfect package that accommodates your business and leisure functions for a fulfilling outdoor meeting experience.
If you are considering a cruise ship meeting at your next corporate event, Simply Divine Events would love to book your Meeting at Sea. We can help you craft the ideal package with everything you would need to make your meeting a big success. Contact us for more details.