To Mix Business With Pleasure....Just Add Water
Looking for that creative twist to include in your next promotion? Searching for that 'something' that will motivate your staff, customers or members. You've come to the right spot! Not only is a cruise a time of your life experience but our corporate programs can help you achieve your business objectives, as well.
When you consider a business partnership with any company, you need to know as much as you can about their business. We have over 30 years experience in cruise travel services. Our staff has over 15 years experience with group movements, to destinations all over the world.
Our staff experience includes travel professionals that have personally handled international corporate, association and incentive groups of over 300 guests. If your group include's guests traveling from countries, speaking a multitude of languages, No Problem! CRUISES 24/7 can provide bilingual coordinators for Spanish, Russian, German and Japanese guest that may require these services.
CRUISES EZ is a proud division icon for the Travel Express Corp.. Our associates extensive expertise come from working in and with travel cruise operations world-wide. We deliver quantified value to our corporate clients by enabling them to measure the financial results of their customer/employee-focused initiatives and incentives.
Let us put to work our group experience both on land and at sea for your company. We encourage you to call us and learn more about CRUISES 24/7 and see why we are one of the internets most respected and trusted professional cruise services in the travel industry today.
With just one call to CRUISES EZ, our staff can coordinate: transportation, transfers, accommodations, meals, entertainment, meetings, leisure activities and so much more.
For example, when you select a cruise for your next off-site meeting destination, our dedicated staff will review with you every step of your program and design one that meets your company's needs and expectations.
We can save your company money too!
Consider the savings that your company could expect when choosing a cruise for your next meeting destination. When you consider all the costs that are part of any land-based resort meeting, a cruise means value! Practically everything is included...which means no unexpected cost overruns, and no unexpected out of pocket expenses for your participants.
Additional savings on out of pocket expenses are also realized for your participants when you consider that a cruise provides around the clock dining options, in cabin room service, entertainment and shipboard activities. In addition cruise ships can facilitate programs anywhere from an eight member board meeting to a large convention. In most cases, meeting and conference facilities are available at no charge.
You may want to inspect any of these cruise ships. You may visit them when in port by prior appointment. Or, as an example, you may experience the cruise itself, by booking voyage on the cruise ship of your choice. You will pay the minimum rate, but if the group at the agreed upon size materializes, you will be given credit equal to the cruise fare paid for your site inspection from the total invoice for the group sailing.
As your organization's meeting may be a revenue generating one, we can discuss why increased participation should be very important. CRUISES EZ will work with you in the design of a program for you to motivate individuals to attend and reward your organization when they do.
To get the word out, we'll help you develop a promotional program that includes corporate newsletters, E-mail, sales flyers, and more.
There's a ship and sailing that's just right for everyone!
Once you have decided which cruise ship and the facilities that are best for you, we will work hand-in-hand with you on coordinating: transportation, transfers, accommodations, meals, entertainment, meetings, and your guests leisure activities.
Our business is predicated on developing solid customer relationships, for being proactive and responsive, and for going out of our way to meet your needs.Group Request Form Click Here
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Meeting planners can identify which cruise lines provide services such as meeting coordinators and facilities such as e-mail access, fax machines, copiers and computer equipment.
Charts of the 22 cruise lines show whether or not they have these items, if they are on all or some ships or if the items are available on a special-request basis.Click here to access the Services Guide.
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Study: Biz Cruises Float With Meeting Planners
Cruise observers have long maintained that foreign-flag ships make poor venues for corporate meetings because expenses tied to such gatherings are not tax deductible....
....The survey's sponsors said they recognized that it is likely that the planners did not relate to the tax deductibility question because "it is not an issue with domestic hotels and resorts." However, they added that the findings on the tax question "is an indicator of the attention, or lack of, paid to this subject by the majority of meeting planners."
Indeed, respondents said the most important factors to consider when planning an event are location (45%), followed by price and budget (38%) and service (21%).....
......The study also found that only 12% of respondents use cruise ships as a meeting venue vs. 74% who use land-based resorts.
"All of the elements are in place for these groups to use cruise ships. The amenities and level of service are comparable, both have a sense of exclusivity and both have an all-inclusive atmosphere."
"With the all-inclusive nature of cruising, many meeting planners find that a cruise ship event can be more affordable than traditional meeting venues," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, associate vice president of national and corporate sales at Royal Caribbean.
"The variety of destinations, dining options, activities make cruise ships an innovative and hassle-free option."
The study was distributed via e-mail to 12,481 registered meeting planners as identified by EventSource.
To increase the response rate, an incentive of entry into a drawing for a seven-night Royal Caribbean cruise was included in the survey form. A total of 548 planners responded to the survey, a 4.4% response rate.
Other findings pointed to the cruise segment's growing exposure, desirability and market potential.
The survey found that while 82% of respondents had not held business events on a ship, 42% had been on a cruise before and 79% said they would consider holding an event aboard a cruise ship.
Of those who said they would not consider holding an event aboard a cruise ship, the most common reason given was "cost/budget," at 27%, followed by "not a professional atmosphere/too distracting," at 17%.
Also cited were "too confining," and "didn't like the inflexibility of arrivals/departures for attendees," at 11%, and "length of meetings," at 10%.....
......Overall, the survey concluded that many of the planners who responded to the survey fit within the cruise-candidate profile and that there is an interest in the market for cruise-ship venues....................................................................
Excerpt comments from an article that appeared in TRAVEL WEEKLY NEWS - Meetings & Incentives By Brian Major 8/7/2006
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