I think especially since my business focus has been moving more towards cruise retreats, and having recently returned from my cruise, the differences between shoreside and waveside events, is becoming so glaringly obvious, especially when it comes to cost-effectiveness both on the attendee and host sides.
1. Meals- Included in the cruise fare. Not only that, but you also have multiple options to choose from, rather than the one plate of food that is put in front of you. On the host side–you also don’t need to spend extra time selecting the meals for your events because the cruise line already has their menus preset in their dining rooms. Really a win-win for everyone, especially if anyone has special dietary needs, or is a picky eater. There are also plenty of snacks available in between–again saving you (and your attendees).
2. Entertainment/Activities- Now while I LOVED our private evening at Diagon Alley, that was only one night of fun, where on cruise ships, regardless of river or ocean, nightly (and daily) entertainment is also included in the cruise fare. Broadway-style shows, entertainers, educational lectures, trivia, etc. is typically all included in your cruise fare. There are some things that may cost extra, but they are usually at a nominal fee.
3. Meeting Space- Yep, the use of meeting space, too, is included in the cruise fare. This can range from traditional conference centers, to the utilization of onboard bars, lounges, or restaurants. There are sometimes charges associated if you are needing technical assistance, but nothing like the extravagant charges you will find on land-based retreat facilities. Also, for the most part, you’ll be able to get really great views of scenery, instead of looking at set over set of boring 4 walls.
Intrigued at the thought of seeing how a cruise retreat could work for you? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can chat about it!
Have a great week,