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  • 2013

Can I hold a meeting or event on a cruise ship?

ATTENTION: This blog was recently updated with new information in August 2019.

The benefits of holding a corporate event, company meeting or retreat on a cruise versus land are outstanding. Many cruise lines provide everything you need for a flawless and cost-efficient meeting, event or retreat. travel advisors can help you plan the perfect meeting.

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Hi Rachel. Thank you so much for making such great arrangements for our NCL Pearl cruise. Everything went so smoothly for boarding the ship in Miami, all the in-between happenings, and departing from the ship at the end of our cruise. We really appreciated your picking our cabin for convenience. It was about 10 steps from the elevators. The NCL Pearl is a beautiful ship and our cabin was tops. We had great service and met a lot of new people. Thank you again for your great reservation services. I'll be happy to recommend you to any of my friends who are looking to do a cruise. — Marcie

What are the benefits of having a meeting, event or retreat on a cruise ship? Let me tell you.

1.     Planning is easy since the accommodations, food, entertainment and business needs are included.

2.     Self-contained venues = better attendance.

3.     Spouses and kids will have plenty to do.

4.     Complimentary meeting space and venues.

5.     Complimentary audio/visual equipment.

6.     GREAT VALUE!! Meals, refreshments, accommodations, entertainment, meeting rooms are included in the price of each fare—no matter how big or small your group is.

If you have ever planned a company meeting at a hotel, then you know that everything adds up, and quickly. Companies are charged for meeting space, refreshments, and renting any AV equipment. Plus, the room reservations for each individual. PLUS, all the meals including the meals at the meeting or off-site. What if you could pay the price of a cruise…and all this is included in the price? Cruise lines don’t take advantage of businesses and provide this great service complimentarily.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival and Celebrity Cruises are geared up for meetings. For example, Norwegian offers:

  •       Incentives & Corporate Events support team to help plan your event
  • ​      Dedicated Group Services Coordinator on every ship
  •       Adaptable meeting spaces (meeting rooms, lounges or main showroom) and flexible scheduling
  •       Complimentary state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and Wi-Fi
  •       Complimentary use of dedicated meeting rooms and group venues
  •       Complimentary catered refreshment breaks
  •       Complimentary cocktail parties
  •       Complimentary stateroom amenities
  •       Complimentary group dining
  •       Private cocktail parties, award ceremonies, and receptions

Additional services are available at a reasonable cost:

  •    Turndown and stateroom deliveries
  •    Beach Olympics & Scavenger Hunts on our private island
  •    Company logos on menus and daily activity program
  •    Private Art Auction with champagne
  •    All-inclusive beverage packages
  •    Private concerts or shows
  •    Sport tournaments
  •    Personalized door plaques
  •    Group photos
  •    Private group-specific channel in stateroom
  •    Team-building activities: kayaking, sailing, golf, duty-free shopping tours, etc.

Pride of America ship has the Diamond Head Auditorium with the most impressive meeting space with multiple AV screens. WOW your attendees!

Call us to find out more details about what the cruise lines have to offer for your next meeting or event.

If you want to know more about hosting a meeting, event or retreat on a cruise ship and really WOW your attendees, contact one of our representatives at We’re happy to answer any questions you have and can even recommend what ships may be perfect for your function. Feel free to visit our website,  or call us at 1.888.804.CRUISE (2784). Also check out our Resource Center for more information, tips and things you need to know about cruising.

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