Choosing a Destination for Your Group Cruise
While the Caribbean might be the first incentive cruise destination to come to mind for many group planners,
cruise lines are continually expanding their reach to include hidden gems of the world and surprising
locations that inspire and motivate. According to CLIA’s) 2015 State of the Cruise Industry report,
there are nearly 1,000 cruise ports and destinations around the world –and this number is predicted to
grow as ships sail both rivers and oceans striving to deliver brand new cruise experiences.
Here are a few of the most popular group cruise destinations:
South Pacific & Hawaii Cruises
Whether sailing on a private mega-yacht in French Polynesia or island hopping on a resort-style cruise ship
in Hawaii, tropical paradises in the South Pacific provide a complete escape from the everyday with an
intoxicating blend of culture, turquoise waters, and lush natural beauty.
Hawaii: Everyone dreams of Hawaii! Hawaiian cruises, many of which are tax-deductible,
focus on the natural beauty of the volcanic isles and unique local culture, with plenty of adventure
Tahiti: The largest of the Polynesian islands boasts turquoise lagoons fringed by coral
reefs, verdant volcanoes brimming with waterfalls, and remote islands evocative of Gauguin. For recognition
groups, the exotic lure of Tahiti creates an unrivalled sense of exotic luxury, important to keep motivation
Caribbean & Bahama Islands
There are plenty of reasons why the Caribbean remains the top incentive travel destination. Whether sailing
in the Eastern, Western, or Southern Caribbean, every alluring island offers pristine beaches and its own
unique beauty, culture and history. Year-round Caribbean/Bahama cruises are three to seven days long, with
plenty of opportunities for special group activities and teambuiding events ashore. Think zip lines plunging
across rainforests, hiking through waterfalls, world-class golf, snorkeling with stingrays, beach olympics
on private islands, deep-sea diving and fishing.
Alaska is the most popular incentive cruise destination in North America after the Caribbean - and for good
reason. The vast wilderness of “The Great Land” offers spectacular scenery and wildlife as you
cruise along the verdant Inside Passage and past magnificent calving glaciers. Experience the wonders of
Alaska by foot, zodiac, or from the deck of your cruise ship. Active days include exploring historic Gold
Rush towns, kayaking, biking, hiking, and flightseeing. Alaska is a close-to-home but exotic destination,
making it an ideal cruise destination for incentives and group events.
The Mythical Mediterranean & Greek Islands
Steeped in history, architecture and wonderful food and shopping, Mediterranean group cruises are always
in high demand. Western Mediterranean itineraries might include the intoxicating ports of the French,
Italian, and Spanish Rivieras; while Eastern voyages often include an overnight in Venice and visits to
stunning Greek Islands. Each port offers something rewarding for everyone - scenic tours, shopping
excursions, archeological digs, and gastronomic delights.
What also makes European cruises very popular is the favorable cost comparison to hotel-based programs:
cruises are booked in US dollars, whereas hotel-based expenses are in Euros. The variety of port visits,
gourmet cuisine and unique experiences ashore make Mediterranean cruises memorable, motivating and highly
coveted by high achievers.
Scandinavia and the Baltic
Sailing past fjords and fairytale fortresses, the waterways of the Vikings and Czars - Stockholm, Copenhagen,
Helsinki, Oslo and St. Petersburg – have proven to be compelling attractions for incentive programs.
In St. Petersburg, the Catherine Palace commissioned by Peter the Great in 1710 now hosts lavish private
events, allowing the same ballrooms in which the Czar threw opulent parties to become available for
exclusive group events.
The Scandinavian and Baltic cities are amazingly rich in architecture, culture, history, shopping and great
museums; creating prized memories and rewarding outstanding performance.