Cruise conferencing – a different experience every time

MSC Cruises has seen a steady year-on-year increase in the SA cruising market, even though the economy has weakened.

“More companies and agents are becoming aware of what great value and convenience cruising offers,” says md, Ross Volk.

One of the most attractive aspects of cruises is the variety, as companies can choose to conference on a cruise annually and the experience will be different every year, says Ross. “Companies can customise packages to meet business objectives within their tightening budgets.”

He says corporates also have the option of booking activities for delegates while on shore, which they are increasingly choosing to do. “The activities depend on individual preferences within the group. For example, some prefer sport activities such as snorkelling or kayaking, while others want something more laidback like our cultural tour.”

Last season, the exclusive beach lounge on the three-night Portuguese Island cruises was a hit with corporates. “We are expecting to see the same again this season.”

Cabin drops for delegates are also becoming more popular, as companies like to make delegates feel special by having surprise gifts waiting for them in their cabin after a long day, he adds.

“MSC Cruises has a special conference rate on all its cruises. If a group books more than 12 cabins, they qualify for a reduced rate. Groups also get one free cruise fare for every 23 guests booked. This is limited to a maximum of ten free cruise fares per booking.”