Ship Charters, Corporate Incentives & Meetings at Sea:
We are pleased to provide basic cruise ship charter information and how a
cruise charter might work for you. Are you ready to learn more
about a Cruise Ship Charter? Here we go.
More and more companies are engaging in full ship
charters for incentives and rewards for customers and employees than
ever before. What else compares or has the impact of a private
ship charter? It offers your group intimacy, exclusivity and
flexibility. Typical charters are planned and contracted at least one
full year in advance. Incentive cruise charters are a fun and
enjoyable way for you and your employees and clients to spent quality
To begin, an honest assessment of your needs and wants is required.
When would you like to sail? How many passengers? Preferred geography or
ports of call. Does it fit your budget? What do you expect out of a
incentive cruise ship charter?
We provide the hands-on assistance to match your needs and wants to the perfect
ship. Our services include; matching ship requirements, availability, rates and fees,
pre-charter inspections or cruise familiarization trips, itineraries,
onboard food & beverage packages, gifts and amenities, shore excursions, cruise
documentation, airport transfers, pre or post hotel packages and group
once on board.
Here are some
frequently asked questions regarding ship charters:
Q: Why charter a ship in the first place?
A: A cruise ship
charter is a convenient, self-contained environment that can help
motivate and pamper your customers or employees. Increase sales
and productivity, boost moral, expand market share or reward the troops for a great
year. All-inclusive cruise fares allow for more cost control.
The onboard facilities for meetings will be both intimate and luxurious,
encouraging more group participation in all planned functions.
Where else can you combine all these incentives with a new and exciting port of call every day.
Q: Is a charter right for my company?
A: If you have a
desire to reward or motivate customers or employees, then a ship charter
could be your answer. It offers the excitement of travel and the
opportunity for your employees to bond in a relaxed social environment.
Great views, entertainment and wonderful gourmet dinning that will
please even the grumpiest office grouch. Unpack the
suitcase once and add a constant variety of activities for all and
you have a ship charter.
Intimate and relaxed meeting environments for private events where the
audience is happy to be called "Captive". Cruising is a
great way to learn, relax and make new friends along the way. The
only possible downside to a ship charter is that you might want to
continue cruising and not go home!
Q: What do we provide and help with?
A: We are cruise
professionals and this is our only business. We will recommend the
right ship for your charter after extensive client research. Negotiate the
best price and onboard amenities to fit your budget. Plan private
events, parties, shore excursions, hotel packages and transfers.
Offer and provide an onboard Charter Coordinator from our company
throughout the cruise.
Q: Who can charter a cruise ship:
A: Any business,
individual or company that is desiring to provide at least 100 guests or
customers a unique and customized cruise experience.
Q: How long are typical ship charters and Incentive Cruises?
charters last 7 to 10 days, although shorter charters are available
including 3 and 4 day.
Q: How many passengers can we take on a cruise ship charter?
A: Ships are
available for 100 to over 3,200 passengers. Cruise ships are
categorized as follows:
usually holds up to 300 passengers
typically holds up to 1,000 passengers
Up to 1,600 passengers
of the art and hold up to 3,300 passenger
Q: When do I need to start the cruise ship charter process?
A: Now! Most
cruise companies plan their schedules and itineraries one to two years
ahead of their sailings. Cruise ship charters are normally
contracted for at least one year in advance.
Q: What type of information do I need to begin the process?
A: The following
type of information is very helpful
preferred sail dates including flexible range of dates
cruise charter desired
passengers or required cabins
itinerary or ports of call and region
quality and luxury desired
or ship if known or requested
contact information of your companies decision maker
group or incentive
information that could be useful to match you needs and wants
Q: What does a ship charter or incentive cruise cost?
A: This will
depend on the number of passengers, itinerary, ship requested, ports of call
desired, length of cruise and the level of luxury requested.
Please call us for an estimate.
Q: How does the shipcharter process work?
A: Each incentive
or business charter is unique in many ways but the following would be a
reasonable parameters for the charter
the ship that meets your needs and parameters
written proposals from the ship owners
rates, onboard amenities, taxes and other fees
review and discussion
execution by the client
coordination until departure day
Q: How are ship charters paid for?
A: The payment
arrangements normally require a 10% to 25% deposit of the total
contracted amount at contract signing. A bank rated and acceptable
irrevocable letter of credit for the balance, payable to the ship owner,
is due at or within 3 days of contract execution. The ship owner
will draw from said letter of credit at established times with final
payment normally within 90-120 days before sailing and departure.
ship owners will have different type of payment arrangements.
Q: Port fees and taxes?
A: Normally, these
will be included in the cost of the charter and negotiated by our staff.
We can usually include tips and arrange for inclusive drink programs (at
Q: Can I pick the itinerary for an Incentive cruise?
A: Yes, normally
you can customize and personalize your charter itinerary subject to the
ship owners approval. The ports and itinerary need to match the
ships location and time constraints.
Q: What is typical for a six star luxury ship charter?
pricing for budget control
Exciting choice of
available 24 hours a day
24-hour room service
Private and group
Luxurious facilities, including meeting rooms
Private cocktail parties and receptions
Q: What value can we expect on a six star luxury ship charter?
Gratuities to be
Wine with dinner
Bar set-up at
embarkation with choice of liquor or wine
bottled water, soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages during the
Q: What is the biggest problem with ship charters?
A: Clients with
adequate capital. Yes, it takes money. The ship owners want to be
certain that if they take their vessel out of service for a week or
longer that they will be paid one way or the other.
Timing is also a
major consideration, due to the limited number of quality ships that are
available worldwide for charter. Once again we mention that at
least a one year advance is needed to help guarantee a cost effective and
Q: Cruise charter options and type of ships available?
Let's look at the options again:
Group Incentive Travel
Sea Cloud Charter
Sea Dream Charter
Cruise Corporate Incentive Programs
Full Ship Charters
Meetings at Sea
Q: How do I start the ship charter process?
A: Pick up the
phone and call 1.800.527.8980 and together we will establish your needs
and wants for a great cruise charter.
The professionals of CruisingLuxury.com are ready to assist you with your next Luxury Cruise experience. Try us and SEA!