Now that you read what we have to offer, if you are ready to proceed, fill out the simple form below and one of our meeting planners will be back in touch with you.
YOU SELECT THE DATE, tell us where you want to go and give us an approximate budget for your group. We will go to work to prepare a proposal for you including the cruise line and ship recommended for your group along with pricing info, deposit deadlines, and cancellation terms.When you host a conference or retreat onboard a cruise, you are giving your guests a whole lot more than an ordinary cruise – you are giving them Blessings, Enrichment, Fellowship, Friendship, Inspiration. and once you and your church come, they will be Spiritually Refreshed.Once you decide you want to move forward we will help you from start to finish in the following way
California Gospel Ministries can provide you with a PDF file containing the information about your cruise including info about the cruiseship, ports of call, ministry (that you provide for us to include on the brochure) and a reservation form to be copied onto an 8 ½ X 11 color shell provided by the cruiseline of your choice. We will e-mail the file to you for your approval and have multiple shells mailed directly to you, so you can make as many copies as you desire
California Gospel Ministries will assign a program coordinator to assist your group in the planning of on board meetings and special events for your group. Private meeting space can be arranged for your group at no charge. Meeting times and rooms will be determined in advance and provided to you in writing, so you will have a full itinerary much before the cruise sails. Additionally, California Gospel Ministries will assist you in booking a recording artist, speaker, etc. if you desire
Your cruise can be added to California Gospel Ministries' website (www.California-Gospel.com) identifying the cruise as one that is sponsored by your church with your church name in the title if you desire.It is very possible that you will obtain additional reservations simply due to our presence on the web. You will still receive $50 per cabin if you are promoting a 7 - 9 day cruise or $25 per cabin for a 3 - 5 day cruise and the additional reservations coming from the website would increase the number of free sailings given to the church.
We give you 1 free cabin space for every 15 cabins booked (excluding taxes and port charges).Your church members and friends can get information about your cruise and register online via our website with a url that is customized for you ie: http://www.california-gospel.com/name of your organization. This way your church members and friends can go right to the site with all the details describing your cruise, and they can register online through this site as well.
Your cruise passengers can call our toll free number and/or register and pay for their cruise online through our website and secure server
California Gospel Ministries will provide your passengers with a confirmation sent via e-mail or through the US postal service if an e-mail address is not provided Mailing Cruise Documents: California Gospel Ministries will mail cruise documents to your passengers via express service so they can be easily tracked to ensure prompt delivery...leave the mailing to us!
HOTEL the night before the cruise and transfers or the day after Many people like to arrive at the city the cruise departs from the night before the cruise. In addition to the cruise, we gladly arrange group space at hotels such as Embassy Suites or Hilton for those that desire to come into the departure city the night before the cruise. We select fine hotels that are close to the airport, so the passengers can take the complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel. In the morning, we have a transportation company come to the hotel to pick up the passengers and bring them as a group to the cruise terminal for boarding. On the return to the airport after the cruise, we recommend that the passengers use the shuttle provided by the cruiseline or for groups that prefer a private shuttle service, this can easily be arranged. There are minimal fees associated with these types of transportations services, and we can generally obtain a discounted group rate. Passengers can indicate when they make their reservations online or via the reservation form provided on the brochure if they want to take advantage of these additional services ie: hotel and transfers.
For those staying one more day or more after the cruise, the hotel shuttle will pick you from the cruise terminal and transport you back to the hotel to finish your stay.
California Gospel Ministries will provide you with canvas welcome bags for your participants which will include name badge with lanyard and holder for sail and sign card, pen, and t-shirt, (the t-shirt will be custom designed for this cruise and the and pen will say the name of your church/organization or indicate the theme name of your cruise)