Shorter Cruises Preferred for Meetings

In the latest poll on, 33 percent of respondents said that if they were to hold a meeting aboard a cruise ship, a three-day itinerary would be most preferred by their groups. Further, twenty-six percent said that a five-day cruise would be most preferred by their groups, while 12 percent said that a seven-day cruise would be most preferred. On the other hand, 26 percent of respondents said that their organization will not consider having a cruise meeting at all.

Interestingly, many cruise lines are offering more varied itineraries these days, so that some cruises make very few ports of call, which would enable the meeting planner to have a more captive audience that will be focused on the business of the meeting. For incentive trips with a meetings component, though, an itinerary with many ports of call is preferred by attendees; in that case, meeting planners must make the most of the days at sea for meeting sessions.

More tips on cruise meetings will appear in the May issue of Successful Meetings magazine.

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