Hello and welcome to our penultimate day of our meeting at sea. The day’s events included a presentation from one of the divisions under our corporate parent that does a great deal of business in the luxury cruise market. He shared what he had learned about serving this market with an interesting presentation.
Next up was a presentation from one of our suppliers that really brought their product to my forefront. It is now something I want to learn more about in an effort to serve a larger audience. I can personally think of several clients who might be ready to give this supplier another look.
Finally the morning ended with a few announcements of enhancements to our database system as well as a new amazing marketing piece that our headquarters is producing on our behalf. This piece will be on the order of a Conde Nast style 48 page magazine meant for having a long shelf life. Why not email me to be sure you receive one of the very first issues! The morning concluded with an address from the president of our headquarters team. His address was met with enthusiasm from most of the participants. J
We had a few hours to explore Cabo San Lucas at our leisure, but for me this was a chance to catch up on work at home. For me this meeting at sea was truly a working vacation, and not a leisure vacation.
However, one of my regular readers will be happy that I was able to get a replacement for something that had been destroyed a few weeks ago. Crossing fingers this survives the journey cross country. You know who you are!
The evening before dinner is yet another perk at holding a meeting at sea. Over cocktails my mentor and I were able to spend one on one time with someone who has been very successful in creating, marketing and escorting groups on cruises. His years of insight were freely shared. It is the type of face to face benefit that a meeting at sea allows. We also had a chance to have one on one time with the supplier who had given the stellar presentation earlier in the day. I have already started the process to investigate the possibility of taking a cruise on them during my daughter’s school break.
After dinner, it was time for the 25th birthday celebration for the Cruise Holidays brand. This was held in one of the onboard nightclubs. A cake was provided and the drinks poured freely. This party was graciously sponsored by our hosts at Royal Caribbean Cruises. We thank them for this. Dancing continued after midnight.
Another benefit I have not talked about during this meeting at sea is that upon each night’s return to my stateroom I have found a gift from either Cruise Holidays HQ staff or from one of our vendors on my bed or desk. There have been cookies from ShoreTrips and a beautiful clock from Cruise Holidays. With my assistance, we can work together to coordinate just sort of a benefit to either your employees or attendees at your next meeting at sea.
I can guarantee that you will save money by talking with me about turning your next convention into a cruisevention. Take a captive audience and turn them into a captivated audience by holding your meeting at sea. Whether it is an award incentive trip or continuing education, Laura and I are specialists in planning a meeting at sea. Give us a call when you are ready. As an employee, share this week’s worth of blogs with the person in your company who may be planning another convention in another boring meeting space!
One more series of workshops and a final owner’s only meeting is scheduled for today and then the packing begins before the flights home will start tomorrow morning. As always thank you again for following along as I continue my cruise and learning experience.
Chuck and Laura Flagg own The Flagg Agency in Canton, GA.Visit www.theflaggagency.com when you are ready to hold your very own meeting at sea.