One of the most frequent requests we hear from our clients is “More short itineraries, please.” Four and five night cruises from close-to-home ports are popular options for quick meetings.
But you might want to take another look at week-long cruises, especially when you’re planning an incentive travel program or more complex meetings. Sometimes, more really is better – for the success of your program and a healthy return on investment.
Here are the top 5 reasons to book a 7-night cruise for your event:
1. More Motivation = Successful Incentive Program
When it comes to motivating sales and on-the-job performance, nothing beats a 7-night cruise to an alluring destination. A shorter cruise to more commonly visited ports just doesn’t have the same sizzle factor. A few extra days will give your attendees more time to relax, enjoy in-depth destination experiences, and make stronger connections. They’ll return to work refreshed and invigorated, with a renewed sense of loyalty to your organization.
2. No Additional Time Out-of-Office
A typical 4 night cruise sails from Monday to Friday, while 5-night cruises depart Monday and return on Saturday. Most 7-night itineraries follow a Saturday-Saturday or Sunday-Sunday pattern, so your program participants won’t lose additional days out of the office by cruising for a week. What they’ll gain is more weekend fun, meaningful travel experiences and quality time with each other.
3. Better Mix of Business and Pleasure
A typical 7-night cruise include visits to five ports and two full days at sea, ideal for scheduling your meetings and business sessions. Your attendees will have more time for adventures ashore – and shared travel experiences lead to increased camaraderie. Days at sea are also great for team-building events, casual meetings with colleagues, sports activities, or just relaxing in the spa or on the pool deck. And with all the included activities and entertainment on board, you won’t have to worry about planning guest/spouse/family program activities – they’re built right in!
4. Greater Variety of Ships
There’s nothing like the prospect of sailing on a sparkling new ship to motivate performance, create excitement, and boost conference attendance. Short itineraries that are less than 7 nights are rarely offered on new or deluxe ships. Choose a 7-night cruise you’ll have your choice of fresh new ships, sailing vessels, mega-yachts, expedition ships, plus upper-premium and deluxe all-inclusive ships.
5. More Destination Choices
Typical 4 & 5-night cruises from Florida and the Gulf Coast sail to the Bahamas and close-to-home Caribbean islands. Short cruises to Bermuda are popular choices from Northeast ports, while 4-night Baja Mexico cruises sail from Southern California.
But when you consider 7-night cruises, your destination variety is virtually unlimited! You and your group can sail deep into the Caribbean, explore Alaska, visit Northern Europe, Eastern or Western Mediterranean, Costa Rica or South America - even more exotic islands of Hawaii or Tahiti.
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