Cruise events and meetings at sea are becoming the new norm, and that means that meeting planners that are moving up in the world might get a chance to go along for the excursion. Not a bad fringe benefit, but it is certainly not one that many people would have expected of a job that was relegated to low- to mid-level employees until recently. The changing economic climate is altering the relative position of most meeting planners in the corporate ladder, and the result is that more meeting planners are being brought closer to the top of the corporate ladder than ever before.
With that elevation does come some perks and responsibilities, but one of the perks actually is a responsibility. Luckily, meeting planners that plan great cruise events are in such high demand that the entire affair does seem to blur the lines between duty and responsibility, which is not at all uncommon when discussing cruise meetings in general. After all, where can someone walk 2 minutes out of a world-class meeting room with an unparalleled view and end up in a mall with several 4+ star restaurants, a world-class gym and more? Maybe in Vegas, but the views there rarely change while cruise ships offer a new view every day and some of the most amazing sunsets and sun rises on the planet.
If you are a meeting planner and this sounds like your idea of a dream job then get ready to start tailoring your resume!