Planning meetings is a tried and true practice that evolves in large jumps more often than it does in small increments. The cruise meeting is a great example of this as it is an entirely new format that is barely a few decades old. Despite that many meeting planners do not truly understand the difference in planning cruise meetings, such as:
- Cruise meetings general come with a planning partner, the concierge – The concierge will help take care of a lot of the more basic tasks but they do need a head’s up. Your boss might drop last minute requests on you left and right, but it may not be something that you can pass on to the concierge. It never hurts to ask.
- Cruises are all inclusive, but space is limited – Space on a cruise liner is certainly limited, but it can generally be made available to those that ask. Try asking for restaurants to be booked during the cruise and disappointment will probably ensue. Ask for the same two or three weeks before departure (and before booking!) and you might be amazed at the results.
- There are plenty of things to do on a cruise, so ask for a schedule for your group – Cruise ships have activity directors that will be more than happy to handle creating mixers or other events appropriate for the meeting participants. This could include custom personal training the gym, massages for the top brass and special clients, or nearly anything else. Remember to just ask and you might be surprised at the answer.
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