Incentive Travel Awards Programs on Cruise Ships
Incentive travel awards programs have proven to be a highly effective method of improving financial performance, productivity, client and employee loyalty and reducing employee turnover. Forward thinking companies who understand the powerful effects of positive discipline i.e., reward and recognition for outstanding contributions to your organizations success reap big benefits from investing in people. Click here to see a few examples of highly successful programs we've created for clients. We can help you build and deliver a meaningful, cost effective program that achieves your objectives within budget on a cruise ship. We specialize in shipboard:
Find a Cruise that Fits Your Incentive Awards Program
We encourage you to visit our cruise line page to learn about the differences in the various cruise lines and why one might be a better choice than another for your group. We can book your event on virtually any cruise line anywhere in the world so if you have a preference, we will work hard to make sure that cruise lines is where we find the best possible deal for you. Whether you prefer large ocean going ships, mid-sized upscale or smaller exquisite luxury ships, we will find the right one for your program. Don't forget the specialty cruise ships either. Tall masted sailing ships, small expedition, adventure ships or river cruises can be extraordinary venues that make your program very memorable. .
*Note on Prices: The prices you see in the search results are "market prices" available to the general public and are intended only as a broad guide to help you determine if the cruise will fit the budget you have. Please keep in mind when you are taking a block of group space, prices may be different based on availability and amenities may be included that may not otherwise be available to the general public. Many times special incentives are also available. We will get the best group package possible for you. That's our job!
Explore all the different cruise options available (and there are a lot of them) to see what might fit your time available and is accessible to your recipients wherever they are traveling from. Once you see an itinerary and dates they may work for you, let us know by indicating your preference on your Request a Quote Form and we will give you our candid assessment of the pro's and con's of the ship, itinerary and compatability with the needs, interest and characteristics of your group. If you decide it is a good match, we will negotiate the best deal possible with the cruise line. Remember, not all ships are created equal when it comes to their suitability for group events. That's where our experience comes in and can be invaluable to you. Making a mistake on ship and itinerary selection can undermine your incentive program. We help you avoid that.
If you are combining a meeting or series of business meetings with your Incentive Program, be sure to visit our companion siite www.meetingsonships.com to learn about the incredible resources available for meetings at sea.
Why do your Incentive Awards Program on a Cruise Ship?
There are many great reasons to do your Incentive Program on a Cruise ship. Some of them are:
High Value - Reasonable Price
When comparing the cost of a cruise to a similar package at a land resort, a cruise is very favorably priced. The price includes your stateroom, port charges (NCF), taxes and government fees, gourmet meals and snacks in standard dining venues onboard the ship, select non-alcoholic beverages and a wide variety of entertainment options from Broadway style shows, comedians,dance clubs and sports activities. There are many other benefits but what it boils down to is this is a very smart expenditure for your organization..
High Participant Satisfaction
If you are rewarding and recognizing someone for the contributions that helped make you more successful, you want them to feel good about the reward they are given. Cruising enjoys one of the highest satisfaction rates in the leisure travel sphere. Over 80% of people who cruise for the first time repeat the experience within two years. That means they liked it and there is a very high probablility your award recipients will too!
It is Perceived as a Meaningful Reward
Cruising by it's very nature has a certain amount of glamour and prestige.Your recipients will view it as a special opportunity and be appreciative. Increasing loyalty and commitment to the organization is a positive outcome companies utilizing Incentive Programs on Ships have found.
It is Easy to Manage
We take care of all the details for you so you can devote your time to your primary duties. Because of the inclusive nature of cruising, there are no seperate AV or F&B contracts or other punitive provisions where if you don't meet minimums you get penalized and charged for. We work to make the process seamless for you so that your staff can devote their time and attention to the work of your organizantion not this project.
Why Choose Us to Book and Manage Your Incentive Program?
We have been extensively involved with the cruise industry since 1999. In 2002, we launched our website www.meetingsonships .com. Since that time we have assisted organizations of all sizes conduct their meetings, conferences and workshops on ships sailing itineraries throughout the world. We know the cruise industry well and our experience helps you have a cost efficient, cost effective program that is smooth as clockwork and meets your progam and budget objectives. Some of the advantages of using us are:
It Does Not Cost You More to Use Us
We are compensated by the vendor through commissions so there is no seperate fee or expense to you for booking the cruise*. The price we give you will be the same or lower than the cruise line will give you. They are not going to discount the cruise by the commission amount to you if you book directly, they just keep that savings as extra profit.. They have their best interest at heart and all your dealings with them will be centered around what's good for the cruise line. They hope your inexperience will leave money on the table for amenities and other things you may not know to ask for. Booking a large group, particularly a meeting and incentive group is not the same as booking an individual vacation cruise. We are an independent advocate for you. Our client is you and we do everything we can to get you the most for the money you are spending and to take advantage of every program available to do it. Booking directly with the cruise lines generally means you will be dealing with a large call center and may or may not deal with the same person twice. With us, you know exactly who you will be dealing with and we know how to take care of whatever needs to be done.
We know how to get the most for your money and how to negotiate with the cruise lines to ensure your program is a success. Most importantly, we know the unique differences in the crulse lines and cruise ships to ensure the right one is selected that will best serve the unique characteristics and demographics of your group.
Attention to Detail
There are a wide variety of issues related to the Department of Homeland Security and a myriad of other requirements that can be costly or disruptive if not done properly. Look at it this way, if your group is 100 people for example and you make a $1.00 mistake in the bookings, you have just spent $100 you didn't have to. If you make a $10 mistake, which is not hard to do for the inexperienced or untrained, you are suddenly incurring significant unnecessary expenses. This is all avoidable. We have sophisticated software and systems coupled with experienced and knowledgable staff that pay close attention to detail so we protect your interest.
*We do offer special optional fee based services such as a unique event website for your program with online registration and booking and site management at a nominal fee but again, those are strictly optional to you. For an example of this, visit www.fabcmarriageretreat.com, a site we built and manage for one of our clients.