Q: Why charter a cruise ship?
A: A cruise ship charter is a luxurious, self-contained environment that can help motivate and pamper your customers or employees. It can increase sales and productivity, boost moral and instill an Esprit d’Corps among the group. A cruise ship charter can also be used for a management retreat or for the launch of a new product. Even family reunions or private celebrations have made use of a cruise ship charter. The possibilities are endless. An all-inclusive charter contract allows for tight cost control. Where else can you combine luxurious surroundings, fine dining, pampering service with a new and exciting port of call, every day.
Q: Is a cruise ship charter right for my company or family?
A: Charters work best for planners who feel confident about attendee numbers, and have the budget for it. For those who do, it is the ultimate travel experience. With a cruise ship charter you “own” the ship, as you have paid for it, upfront. A later reduction in attendee numbers will not lead to a refund. If you are uncertain about your actual group size, we recommend to do a group cruise or a partial ship charter.
Q: When do I need to start the cruise ship charter process?
A: As soon as possible! Most cruise lines plan their schedules and itineraries one to two years ahead of their sailings. Cruise ship charters are usually contracted 18-24 months in advance. For popular events, like the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, you will have to start the charter process 3-4 years in advance. Please remember, that part of the charter cost (for the cruise line) is the compensation of already booked guests.
The earlier you charter a ship, the lower your cost will be!
Q: What services does Deluxe Voyages provide, with regards to a cruise ship charter?
A: At Deluxe Voyages, we are luxury cruise professionals and this is our only business. We are intimately familiar with all the ships, and we will recommend the right ship for your charter, after an extensive analysis of your needs. Due to the volume of business we do with these cruise lines, we know their operations, and have the ability to negotiate the most favorable charter agreements on behalf of our clients. After execution of the charter agreement, we will assist you in administering the charter, and are able to plan private events, parties, shore excursions, hotel packages and transfers.
Q: How long are typical cruise ship charters?
A: Typical cruise ship charter last 7 to 10 days, although shorter charters can be arranged, including 3 and 4 day charters.