Top Cruise Destinations for Travel Incentive Programs

One of the biggest challenges in implementing a corporate incentive program is keeping it fresh.

If you’re looking for a way to change your travel incentive program, it may surprise you to hear that cruises are an excellent option. The cruise industry has experienced a renaissance of sorts; it’s now easier than ever to find customizable, impressive options for your top performers. In fact, there are so many to choose from that it can be difficult to narrow it down.

Our planet has an incredible range of experiences for travelers—from quaint European river towns to the untouched beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, there is a cruise for every audience. To help you choose which trips to add to your travel incentive program, we’ve chosen our top nine cruise destinations:

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Glacier Bay, Alaska

Imagine standing on a balcony enjoying your morning coffee, appreciating the majestic beauty of a stunning glacier when a whale breaches right in front of you. Is it a dream? Well, almost—it’s a cruise to Glacier Bay, Alaska.

Cruises in Glacier Bay are perfect for those who want to experience the best scenery that nature has to offer without compromising the comforts of luxury travel. It’s a best-of-both-worlds cruise destination that anyone can enjoy.


Arles, France

Although Paris is the most popular tourist destination in France, the country’s rich culture spreads far past city limits. If you want to get away from the crowds, Arles, France is a highly rated cruise destination.

The cobblestone streets and charming architecture were enough to captivate Vincent Van Gogh himself, inspiring more than 300 of this legendary artist’s paintings. With art, culture, history and traditional French cuisine, your program participants won’t want to miss this hidden gem.

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The Nile River

Not just in your history textbooks! On cruise expeditions up the Nile, your program participants will witness a piece of living history in the stunning landscape of the Egyptian riverfront. This unique destination is suitable for a variety of audiences, with cruises covering both historical landmarks like Valley of the Kings in remote villages, and populous, modern cities like Cairo.


Quebec City, Canada

Those based in the United States can get a taste of Europe without leaving North America in Quebec City, Canada. Travelers can enjoy fall foliage cruises, the beauty of the French language and incredible cuisine in this unique city.

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Asian destinations

Cruise Critic found that Asian destinations are the top choice for many travelers in recent years. And we agree! From ancient Shinto temples, to gorgeous bamboo forests, to pristine beaches is Thailand, your top performers can immerse themselves in the beauty and history of Asia.


Eastern European river cruise

Speaking of history, there is no better region to explore for art and culture than the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts blend with breathtaking landscapes to make this part of the world a top cruise destination.

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No article on top cruise destinations would be complete without including everyone’s dream destination: Hawaii. Luxury accommodations on board coupled with some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes and colors will leave your participants in awe.

From taking a helicopter tour over a volcano to surf lessons on some of the world’s most iconic beaches, a cruise through the Hawaiian Islands is something to look forward to.


The Galapagos Islands

A visit to the Galapagos Islands is unlike anything even the most well-traveled person has likely ever experienced. Its huge range of biodiversity and unique wildlife found nowhere else on earth makes these islands a popular destination for nature lovers. At the same time, the warm climate, stunning scenery, and adventurous activities make for a destination anyone can enjoy.


 The Western Caribbean/Mexico

Just as popular as Hawaii are cruises to the Western Caribbean and Mexico. Participants can hike through an exotic rainforest, climb ancient ruins in Tulum, spice things up with some Caribbean Jerk Chicken and then wash it down with a local rum beverage, or enjoy a margarita while listening to a mariachi band.

The diversity of the region offers tropical delights for travelers of all ages and interests. And, since many cruise lines have multiple ports, you can experience it all in one trip.

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This world we share is filled with beauty, history and diversity. For the modern traveler who values experiences over material souvenirs, a cruise is the perfect solution. Cruises offer a way to motivate and reward your top performers for their hard work, while also enriching their lives with experiences that can shape their global perspective.

At ESG Incentives, we believe that cruise incentive travel is an excellent and easily integrated option for many companies. Contact our team of experts today to get started.

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