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Incentive Cruises Overview
Don't Miss the Boat...
Since we started our business in 2004, VIP Cruises & Tours has arranged many cruises for incentive groups, affinity groups, and even corporate meetings at sea, working with major cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line.
Cruises represent an excellent value among travel options, especially for groups, and the structure of a cruise program provides many opportunities for your group to spend quality time together in a relaxed and casual environment. As a company with special expertise in planning meetings, incentives, and affinity group travel aboard cruise ships - and as a member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) - we can help you decide whether or not a cruise is appropriate for your program, and if so, help you select a ship and itinerary that meet your needs, arrange private functions for your group and oversee its special handling aboard ship.
The all-inclusive nature of cruising allows your budget to go further than it might on land, and for corporate groups, many cruise ships now offer private, state-of-the-art conference facilities. In addition to the typical weeklong sailings, a variety of short cruises are available that meet the needs of those wishing to have a program of three or four nights. For a truly special event, we can even arrange a full ship charter!
Don't Get Lost at Sea!
While we are happy to offer unescorted cruise programs, our reputation over the last decade has been built largely on our customization and on-site management and supervision of meetings, events and incentive trips, including those at sea. Today's spectacular cruise ships can carry thousands of passengers and feed, lodge and entertain them with incredible efficiency and sophistication. But with so many other guests onboard, a corporate or affinity group of even hundreds of people can feel a bit lost at sea. Not many years ago, a group of 300 would take up half a ship, and get the undivided attention of the cruise staff, perhaps even special recognition from the Captain himself. Today, a group of that size represents less than 10% of the capacity of the largest vessels in the market. A group of 50 may barely even show up on the radar screen, especially considering that the ship's group coordinators may also be wearing several other hats, as assistant purser, cruise director, activities organizer, shore excursion staff, etc. When you have Cruise Everything onboard, you can be sure someone is looking out for your group and your group alone, working with the ship's staff to make sure you get the special attention you deserve and the customized program we developed for you. Don't get lost at sea: Your group may be small to the cruise line, but it's big to us!
On occasion, we are also able to offer to the public special promotional prices on selected sailings of some of the industry's most exciting ships and top cruise lines. The most attractive deals are those for groups of 8 staterooms or more on the same sailing, so if you can put a group together we can likely find you substantial savings. In many cases, we can beat advertised fares, especially those found online and we will put together a custom proposal for your meeting, incentive, or affinity group cruise!
Incentive Options - What Are Our Options?
Individual - Depending on the structure of your company, this is often the best option for incentive travel. Recipients get to choose when and where they go within the boundaries of the incentive program. Most people prefer to get away from work, to enjoy the rewards you receive at work.
Group - If part of your incentive program is an awards presentation, or advanced skill training, a full group travel incentive may be your best option. You can create the perfect combination of work and play. Most larger ships have conference rooms comparable to large hotels. Some even have onboard television studios.
Certificates - Some cruise lines such as Carnival, offer certificate programs where your company buys a certain level certificate as the vacation award. The certificates have some value, which recipients can upgrade for additional amenities or better cabins.
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