Ship selection is one of the most important decisions you will make in planning your Incentive Awards Program. We're experts and will guide you through the decision-making process to find exactly the right ship for your group. Remember, not all ships are created equal when it comes to group events. Cruise lines and ships all have a unique personality, style and service level. It needs to fit your group and budget to make a successful program.
When considering cruise ships for your group, identify the following to help determine the best fit:
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Types and Sizes of Ships to Choose From
Types and Sizes of Ships to Choose From
The world of cruising offers great flexibility for almost every size of group and event. From large mega-ships that bring thousands of guests to popular destinations; to smaller, more intimate vessels that offer incredibly personalized service and unique itineraries to seldom-visited ports. Which is best for your group? Here’s a helpful guide to each category to help you plan your event:
Mega Ships - 1500 to 2500 Staterooms.
These are glamorous new, state-of-the-art vessels with multi-story atriums, a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues, large & lavish production shows and the latest in a/v equipment. Many ships have multi-screen video walls, computer generated sound & light, dedicated conference space and well-equipped health clubs and spas. Lots of staterooms have private balconies. These seagoing resorts offer 3 to 7-night cruises, mostly in the
Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, Mexico and . Alaska
Mid-Sized Ships - 500 to 900 Staterooms
Traditional style ships, these are what we now call "mid-size" (but not long ago they were "mega") These are mostly new though some are older but beautifully maintained and with fine character. Depending on group size, these ships can offer a high degree of service, as well as customization and group exclusivity than the mega-liners. Most have abundant activities, entertainment, and traditional shipboard dining -- one or two restaurants with two seatings for breakfast and dinner. These ships offer a greater variety of destinations than the mega-liners, which are restricted by their size.
Smaller Ships - 200 to 500 Staterooms
efer to as "all-suite vessels", offering the ultimate in luxury accommodations, service and amenities. Most of these ships offer butler service and a very fine dining experience with food prepared "a la minute". Worldwide itineraries include Europe, South America, The Indian Ocean, Asia, only occasionally
Mexico or the Caribbean, calling at the jet-set ports that attract yachts. Most of these vessels cater to the well-traveled passenger and provide a very high level of service for a much higher cost.
Small Ships and Luxury Yacht Style Ships - 50 to 150 Staterooms
These ships usually have very flexible itineraries that can be customized for your group from short 3, 4, 5, and 7-day cruises Plan two years ahead for a charter to get a shorter length. This grouping includes motor vessels as well as beautiful sailing ships. They are excellent for half-ship charters and full charters, depending on group size and timing of their more exotic itineraries. Many vessels in this category offer one seating in the dining room, the most leisurely way to dine.
River Boats and Private Yachts - 15 to 200 Staterooms
A river cruise can take you on the Danube in Bavaria/Austria, the Rhone in
France, the Nile, China's Yangtze, and even the mighty . A glamorous private yacht is readily available in the Mediterranean, and occasionally in the Mississippi Caribbean. Many of these vessels are new and offer a very high-quality travel experience. They're perfect for in-depth sightseeing and a relaxed cruising pace, with minimal entertainment onboard. Ideal for charter -- you set the itinerary to suit your needs. If your people have been everywhere, this might be just right.