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Off the Beaten Track: Corporate Cruise Solutions

Posted November 13th, 2017

The next company retreat is fast approaching. You need a location that can serve your business needs but still gives your staff a space to unwind and recharge their creative batteries.

Have you considered a corporate cruise? All the benefits of the office with beautiful scenery and plenty of amenities to enjoy during downtime… what more could you ask for?

Down time for staff is important. (Image courtesy of Getty)

Here’s some guidance for planning your next company retreat – on a cruise ship.

Choosing a ship

There are numerous cruise ships that depart from Australia, all of different sizes and with different amenities, with a variety of routes. Some of these include the Rhapsody of the Seas, Dawn Princess, Celebrity Millennium and Sea Princess. Pick the ship that best serves your needs and fits your budget, and then see which places they go to.

Understanding your goals and requirements

Knowing what you want to get out of the retreat is paramount. Not only will this be beneficial for your business and your staff while on the cruise, it will also help you choose the right cruise line.

Apart from the goal or over-arching theme of the retreat, some other essential factors to consider include:

  • How many staff you plan to bring
  • What equipment you’ll need and if the cruise can supply power to run them
  • Whether you’ll require an internet connection
  • Whether you’ll need a boardroom or an entire theatre for presentations

These will help you and your Cruiseabout consultant find the ideal vessel and itinerary for your company retreat.

Selecting a destination

Now you know who you’re sailing with, where are you looking to go on your cruise? Do you have a particular destination in mind or would you prefer to tour several ports over the course of several days?

It might be worth collecting a few options that fit within your retreat budget, and then putting it to a vote. This could be a fun activity to close out your next all-staff meeting and a good way to start building hype for the event.

The chance to go somewhere new as a work group is a great way to re-engage your team. (Image courtesy of Getty)

Tips

  • Don’t forget chargers – Among the rush to get everything organised, you may either forget to pack chargers for your device or leave them on the ship when you disembark. Make sure to take them with you. You can’t work if your devices don’t have power!
  • Remember sunscreen – This might seem like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many people forget. The last thing you want on a work trip, especially one that may require video conferences, is to be lobster red. By all means, take a minute to work on your tan – but have a tube of sunscreen on hand for extended time on the deck.
  • Understand the division between work and play – Yes, you’re on a cruise while technically working. It’s going to feel a bit like having class outside. Marshalling your self-control and committing to work will be core to having a high seas work retreat. Do what you came to do and then enjoy the rest of the cruise.

Be sure to bring chargers for all your devices. (Iamge courtesy of Getty)

Are you ready to try a corporate cruise? Get in touch with our experienced consultants on 1300 769 228 today. We can help you with all aspects of your trip, including flights and insurance.


Set sail with Cruiseabout.


Feature image courtesy of Getty.

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