Cruise - Destination: Caribbean Cruise

French Quarter to Caribbean Cruise - one exciting week!

Departing from New Orleans on Memorial Day, our trip onboard begins mid-afternoon on Monday at the dock, but you have more options to make this trip your own. Come early, stay later, extend this week as you wish. The French Quarter Conference will be a totally different kind of event because it's packed with full-days of sessions. Blending both will be a full experience without repetition.

The cruise conference is a chance to have a great group of people to relax with and share your vision, inspirations and war-stories together, and to gain some very extended discussion with the experts who will be along. The schedule is light by comparison to the weekend conference or a typical conference day event of any kind. We will aim to spread the content of one typical full conference day of events by spreading it over four days of general interaction with everyone in the group.

A cruise like this provides the opportunity to blend business and distractions and to get to know everyone on a level you just can't reach in the fast-paced setting of a weekend conference. Probably more important, this is a chance to bring the context of the business and social events beyond just technology, to add imagination and a setting comfortable to bring your spouse or a friend along.

Sail a New & Larger Funship Triumph

Carnival Triumph ship photos

Carnival Triumph

Now calling New Orleans home!

With over 500 balcony staterooms and 50 suites with balconies, the Triumph puts this cruise into the most modern class at sea. Substantially more onboard facilities and entertainment than our past Seminars at Sea conference has offered, this is your opportunity to enjoy the week at sail with every comfort and distraction a cruise can offer.

Total Oceanview Staterooms 849
Private Balcony Staterooms 508
Decks 13
Passenger capacity 2,758
Total crew 1,100
Officers nationality Italian
Ship size Large
Tonnage 101,509
Ship length 893 ft
Registry Bahamas

Get Started with the Sunday Night Party

The ship sails Monday for the 5-day Caribbean Cruise. Why not get an early start on your getaway or even combine your own unique vacation plan with an extended stay in New Orleans? You still get leverage a great luxury hotel if you want to extend more days in the remarkable city of New Orleans.

Sunday afternoon you have the rooftop pool and whatever dinner you choose for that night before the cruise departs. A short flight into New Orleans might let you arrive Monday in time to board the ship that day without staying overnight, but you would miss the night on the town?

Monday: Bon Voyage from New Orleans

You can grab more time in New Orleans, whether you choose to stay over when the ship returns, sign up for the 3-day weekend French Quarter conference as well, or just drop in town early enough for the party Sunday night. Regardless of your plan, our conference hotel will accommodate your stay in style.

Spend a weekend or a week overlooking the French Quarter and stroll the riverfront of New Orleans. From our hotel we are just a few of blocks from the cruise wharf. You will have time for relaxed breakfast and some shopping or sightseeing in the city before we are onboard for the sunset cruise down the Mississippi river!

Gulf of Mexico to Caribbean

There's so much to do onboard the ship, you won't likely have a chance to check out the entire ship before the trip is over. If you bring a friend or a spouse with no interest in our seminar discussions, they won't lack for entertainment on ship or on shore! If anything, it's likely our discussions will rapidly wander beyond the meetings.

Our transit each way from New Orleans round trip to Progreso and Cozumel provides us a pair of days at sea. The two days in the tropical ports offer a chance to explore or choose the extensive shore excursions for whatever suits your taste for excitement or relaxation.


Conference Events

During the five days we sail, you can expect an uncomplicated schedule of events organized and arranged daily to blend into the pace of our week. There will be one daily seminar session structured for interaction with both serious discussion topics and flexibility to follow the interests and preferences of the group attending. In keeping with the overall goals of this week, these sessions will be arranged to bring topics up for discussion and debate with room for everyone to contribute as well as learn from each other and the experts in attendance. We will have some panel discussions, and likely some case studies covered.

Shore Day Excursions

You can choose how to spend your day in port without complications from the organized conference interfering. With one of the strengths of a cruise based conference to bring people together for networking and brainstorming, don't expect a Powerpoint lecture to interrupt your chance to circulate among new friends and colleagues all about the ship.

Plan to enjoy your options, take time to blend the business of the daily seminars with time on the side either on topic or off. You will have plenty of time to spend with family and without distractions.

Group Receptions at Sea

Our group will have receptions daily, if only as a plan to meet for dinner at a certain location is the group remains small, or we will arrange private events to ensure everyone gets a chance to meet with each other each day.

 

Gliding back up the Mississippi River

The afternoon we sail out and the evening we return will be blocked out for a nice event. The final night of the cruise is a spectacular sight when the moon is out and it's clear as you approach the mouth of the Mississippi River from the gulf. The ship glides amid the offshore oil rigs lit up like Christmas trees, and the ships at anchor outside the channel makes a truly memorable event. We'll have a party to celebrate together as our cruise comes to an end the next morning once again at the dock in New Orleans. We arrive before sunrise and the weekend is just getting started with your chance to head for home, or take some more time in the city on your own.