Even in a time of relative austerity, luxury cruising remains a popular incentive reward. “Companies are still using luxury ships for incentive programs,” says Tanya Barnette, director of charter and incentive sales for Seabourn Cruises. Seabourn's ships are like being in 104-cabin yachts. Every cabin is an outside suite, and wine is served with lunch and dinner. A fresh fruit basket in every cabin is replenished daily, and the pressures of a day at sea can be relieved with complimentary neck and shoulder massages on deck.

Silversea Cruises is booking more incentive travel business than ever before, thanks to schedule adjustments and shorter sailings, says Jan Loeff, director of incentive sales and charters. He adds that the majority of incentives are charters.

The bulk of Silversea's incentive cruises are seven-night Mediterranean, Western European, and Baltic trips. Luxury starts with oversized suites with separate living rooms and marble bathrooms. New ships have separate tubs and showers as well as two wash basins. Silversea is the only ocean-going member of Relais & Chateaux-Relais Gourmands. All food is cooked to order.