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October 10, 2017

Americas: What Planners Need to Know About Cruising Contracts

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Cruise ships are an increasingly popular option for meetings and incentives, and for good reason. They generally have everything you need in one place, from meals and meeting space to AV and recreation. There are fewer distractions to pull your attendees’ attention away from what you want them to see/do/learn, and they give you a way to provide multiple destinations without making your attendees continually pack and unpack their belongings. 

However, as is the case when contracting with any meeting venue, think about what you are committing to before you sign the contract. Joshua Grimes, president of Grimes Law Offices LLC, says that in his experience, cruise lines tend to be less flexible than hotels and resorts. And rightfully so, since their more limited inventory means that they will be less likely to recover should a group miss its revenue goals or cancel altogether.

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