A Rising Incentive Trend: Combining Cruises with High-End Hotel Stays

July 31, 2017 Kevin V Edmunds

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As more and more companies use four-night or five-night cruises as rewards for top performers, it’s important that incentive-trip planners properly handle every aspect of the itinerary so that participants have no hassles that will diminish their experience. Specifically, the hours before incentive winners get on the ship, and the hours after they come off the ship, are very important for ensuring a top-notch experience for participants.

Because most folks will be flying to a port city such as Miami for their incentive cruise, they will have to stay at a hotel in that city for at least one night before the cruise, to ensure that any flight delays won’t cause them to miss the ship’s departure. And at the end of a cruise, incentive participants surely won’t want to go straight from the ship to the airport and endure a full day of travel. As a result, one final night at a hotel in the port city helps break up their travel in a comfortable and relaxing way.

In fact, we are finding more incentive groups using our Miami Beach properties—Eden Roc Resort and Nobu Hotel—for pre- and post-cruise hotel stays. These two luxury hotels, located together on the Atlantic Ocean beachfront, are perfect for giving incentive winners and their guests a high-end experience that starts off their trip properly, and then adds a final touch of luxury before they fly home. And because our properties are steps to the Miami Beach social hub and just a few minutes away from the vibrant cultural/restaurant districts of Little Havana, Little Haiti and Wynwood, one additional night on each end of a cruise itinerary can add much more impact to an incentive trip.

So if your organization is considering cruises as a reward for top performers, contact our sales team at Eden Roc Resort and Nobu Hotel to learn how to build a pre- and post-cruise experience that wows participants from beginning to end.


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