Cruise Currents: 10 Ships for Meetings and Events

Top 10 Ships for Meetings and Events

by Joyce Landry

Looks like it’s smooth sailing ahead for the cruise industry. According to a recent report by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), its member lines carried 14.8 million passengers in 2010, an increase of 10.3 percent.

The cruise industry also continues to expand its fleets and modernize existing ships. In 2010, nine ships entered service, including Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic and Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas.

Meetings at sea have also become a hot market within the cruise industry. Companies and organizations looking to hold events, meetings or incentive trips at sea have more options than ever. Cruise ships are equipped with state-of-the-art meeting rooms, a diverse range of entertainment and dining options, as well as outdoor activities. Earlier this year, we released our picks for the Top 10 ships on which to hold events and meetings.

They are:

  • SeaDream II (SeaDream Yacht Club)
  • Liberty of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Celebrity Millennium (Celebrity Cruises)
  • Silver Spirit (Silversea Cruises)
  • Pride of America (Norwegian Cruise Line)
  • Seven Seas Navigator (Regent Seven Seas)
  • MSC Splendida (MSC Cruises)
  • Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  • Carnival Dream (Carnival Cruise Lines)
  • National Geographic Endeavor (Lindblad Expeditions)

We’ve profiled each ship, highlighting unique features, destinations, cruise lengths and more. All of the ships on our Top 10 List boast superior service, state-of-the-art function space and important on-board features such as private group dining and team-building opportunities.

Cruise ships are a cost-effective alternative to hotels. As these ships illustrate, whatever your requirements, there’s a ship that meets your needs.

Meetings Today: Cruise Control

Travel Weekly: CLIA: 2010 passenger numbers up 10.3%

Travel Daily News: Top 10 cruise ships for meetings and group events

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