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Angelica Maria Camacho is a Global Account Executive, Charter Department with Celebrity Cruises. She has been with
Celebrity for the past 12 years. She is responsible for executing the client's program and needs onboard the ship. She
meets with the client to review the contract details, their objectives, outline rules and regulations, conducts site inspections
and manages the client's needs onsite. She provides full event planning support and program customization.
Many of us are familiar with why
a cruise makes a great vacation.
You can't beat fun in the sun! What sets
it apart as a destination for our next
A: The No. 1 reason a planner
should host their event on a cruise
ship is the customer service. There is
an amazing crew and friendliness on
board that results in repeat charter
clients for 20+ years. Cruise ships
also over cost effective all-inclusive
packages, full planning, unique travel
experience ... you get it all! The
team-building options and bonding
experiences are endless. You not
only get to host a world class meeting
onboard, but you also get to share in
the travel experience of a lifetime.
What types of bookings do you
typically see? What are our options for
A: I work with corporate and
incentive groups. We do full ship
charters (completely customizable),
meetings of various sizes, and
can house numbers in the 2,000s.
Meetings function just like at a hotel
with meeting space in our theatre
and full staff for F&B and technology
requirements. The average length
of a charter cruise is 5-7 days. In a
seven-day cruise, you will have 1-2
"sea days" (travel, no stops- great
for meeting content and keynote
speakers), with the rest being "land
days" at the ports of your choosing.
The number of stops will depend on
your program and again, you have the
option to customize!
What are some of the key features
that set a cruise apart from your
traditional "land" meeting?
A: Cruise ships can be a costeffective way to have maximum
impact for your event and clients.
With all-inclusive packages (including
alcohol and internet), there are no
surprises when you get your final
bill at the end of the event. If you are
doing a chartered cruise, you can
create a completely custom program.
Then there are the activities- there
is everything you can think of!
What are some challenges that
planners should be aware of when
hosting an event on a cruise ship?
A: Seasickness is a big one,
especially for newbies. But we have
them covered with a full hospital,
anti-nausea medicine and wellrehearsed policy and procedures.
In my 12 years, I have never had
someone leave the ship. We also have
full security onsite to assist with any
issues. Safety policies are strongly
enforced and a mandatory safety
master drill is done with all guests
prior to departure.
Another consideration is
weather. The captain will never
jeopardize the safety of our
guests. Our captains are great
navigators and will change routes
if required to ensure that guests
are safe but don't miss out of the
Thailand and Hong Kong). Alaska is
also popular right now, especially for
those that have done a Caribbean
cruise already. My favourite place is
Europe in the summertime, particularly
the Greek and Turkish Isles. The
beauty of cruises is that there is always
a good time to go and the options for
destinations are endless. ●
Angelica Maria Camacho is a
Global Account Executive for the
Charter Department of Celebrity
Cruises and can be reached at
Finally, where are the
must see locations that
can't be missed!?
A: Some popular locations
right now include Asia (group
flies from North America
and tours Bangkok, Vietnam,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - July/August 2016
Welcome, New Members!
Boutique Experiences & Emerging Incentive Destinations
How You Can Benefit from the MPI Foundation
Cruising to Event Success
Chapter Speaks: What Are You Reading or Listening to This Summer?
Community Volunteerism: How to Incorporate a Hands-On Charity Component at Your Event
Taming the Beast: Planning Outdoor Events
Building Custom Experiences
Maximizing Your Downtime: Reflect, Revise, Plan
Activate Your Event with Experiential Marketing
Beyond the Annual Barbecue – Incorporating Family at Events
Meeting MPI Toronto - July/August 2016