Why would I want to go on a networking cruise?
Here’s the answer.
As a business ourselves we attend lots of networking events, we get to meet lots of exciting and interesting people. Meeting other entrepreneurs always fires up our passion for business when we see others doing the same regardless of what business they are in.
Networking is fun but quite often you leave wishing you could have spoken to some people for longer (and some less!) - or you wish you could have chatted with that certain individual that you just couldn't get to.
In our day to day business at Focus Travel we organise themed holidays for media players such as the Radio Times & Spirit & Destiny magazine as well as corporate incentive breaks and business travel for groups, associations and clubs.
So, why not organise a networking cruise? - a chance for like minded individuals to meet, network with each other, learn from networking experts and perhaps carry those conversations over into the 14 bars and restaurants onboard a luxury cruise ship.
It seems like the most sensible thing in the world to do - who wouldn’t want to join us, especially as its a couple of nights in early December, when most businesses (except those selling Christmas trees) are starting to slow down, to review the Year and think about the year to come.
And so here we are with lost of businesses that have joined us in our ambition to host a truly groundbreakig cruise experience. We have found thus far that our networkers come from multi nationals, large local businesses and small to medium businesses. To us that’s the perfect mix - to have a Bob the Plumber sitting down with Sarah the CEO - to have Christine the Accounts Director meeting with Callum the Web Designer was exactly what we set out to do.
Add to this mix the experiences and insight of Lee McQueen - winner of the Apprentice, renowned business coach Ian Dickson teaching 'how not to network' and Stefan Thomas - author of Business Networking for Dummies and you have the recipe for a truly incredible experience.
But we didn’t stop there - we brought along Steve Thomson renowned body language expert, Naomi Harris - LinkedIn profile professional and Thingy who created her own marketing business just by networking.
Networking sessions comprise of one minute speed networking, 5 minute ‘lucky dip’ networking and 15 minute pre arranged networking.
Add into this that you’ll have a cabin on P&O Ventura, as much food as you can eat and all the entertainment on a luxury cruise ship and it all adds up to one incredible experience.
So - why not join us from the 3rd -5th December onboard P&O Ventura and have some great fun, great networking and an incredible experience on the UK’s first networking cruise.
The Focus Travel team were recently lucky to be invited to visit Holland America's new ship Konigsdam in her European home port of Amsterdam.
Konigsdam is the first of a new Pinnacle class ship, the largest in the HA fleet taking 2650 passengers. You certainly wouldn't know that many guests were onboard though as clever use of specific spaces means there are lots of discrete areas for guests.
Unlike the more 'jazz hands' approach of other US brands HA provide a calm, serence feel and a relaxed and grown approach to cruising - but with the opportunity to let your hair down if need be.
One of the foremost things about HA cruises is their appreciation that guests often want enrichment or learning opportunities on holiday. You may turn your brain off from day to day stresses and pressures but exercising your loves and hobbies.
For the food lover especially the The Culinary Arts Centre is an opportunity to flex your culinary skills aided by invited local chefs at destination ports. Utilising fresh, local, organic produce allows you to really get to grips with native cuisine.
We dined in Sel de Mer a truly outstanding seafood restaurant, where we hijacked the concept somewhat by having one of the tastiest steaks we'd ever had. Truly outstanding food in a convivial atmosphere.
This was followed by a visit to the all new theatre design with 270 degree led backdrop. It's great to see new technology and layouts being used in this way and a refreshing change for the theatre 'lite' layout of most other cruise ships. Shows promise to be more contemporary featuring Bowie, Elton john right through to current music - reflecting Holland America's ambition to reach out to a new more metropolitan clientele.
The external pool area has the now ubiquitous sliding roof but is designed much more as a theatre with a pool in it - this reflects the fact that this area at night becomes a hotbed of activity, films and shows with the BB Kings players a special treat.
Cabins are contemporary and well mannered with upper suites having coffee machines in room and large screen TV's in all cabins.
Konigsdam reflects Holland America's clear aim to become a player in the contemporary modern arena - appealing to the professional, the academic and those who wish to exercise their mind and body whilst enjoying superb food and drink and a great base for visiting unique itineraries - a welcome, surprising and quietly innovative addition to the cruise market.
To book Konigsdam why not call one of our cruise curators on 0333 358 3103