Cruise meetings can be a fresh alternative to traditional meetings and events. Traditionally, however, they haven't always measured up for groups in search of a luxury experience.
That's changing, according to Successful Meetings Senior Editor Andrea Doyle, who says planners looking for a high-end experience at sea have more options than ever before.
"To meet the demand for a more exclusive cruise experience, several small and midsized luxury ships are on order -- perfectly sized for private ship charter," Doyle says. "Crystal Yacht Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Seabourn Cruises, Silversea, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises are launching all-inclusive luxury ships in 2016 and 2017, with more on the way."
The big guns also have options. "For incentive participants who want the variety of larger ships along with luxury treatment, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines offer private 'ship-within-a-ship' enclaves," Jo Kling, president of cruise incentive company Landry & Kling Events at Sea, tells Doyle. "Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have created special 'Suite Class' concepts with added perks, services, and complimentary amenities including personal butlers, an upscale restaurant, concierge services, and an exclusive lounge."