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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 excursions available.

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 on track..

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 Adventures

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.