What is CruiseInn?

CruiseInn is a 7-day entrepreneurial, educational and networking program that takes place on a cruise ship during a cruise around the Aegean Sea.

Is CruiseInn 2018 a hackathon?

CruiseInn 2018 is not a Hackathon. However, there will be a challenge on tourism, maritime and gastronomy. Any participant who has an idea or a ready product/service that answers the challenge is welcome to show us the proof of concept during CruiseInn. Our sponsors will be happy to reward the best one and potentially develop a partnership if interested.

Is CruiseInn for beginners?

CruiseInn this year, targets to cover the needs of young, creative, productive and passionate entrepreneurs that already have revenues. However, we will accept up to 20 young talents that want to participate, because we believe that we all have different talents and can all learn from each other. Workshops for all levels, for beginners as well as for pros, will be available.

Who is organising CruiseInn?

CruiseInn is organized by a team of young entrepreneurs & professionals, and Celestyal Cruises, Greece’s largest cruises company. CruiseInn couldn’t have happened without the support of our sponsors.

How many cruises there will be for 2018?

This is the fifth CruiseInn since May 2015. For this year, CruiseInn will take place only once; the cruise is going to be on July 2nd-9th with a challenge on Tourism, Gastronomy and Maritime.

If you haven’t applied yet and want to join us, please do so soon. Applications will be open until 20th of May, so apply now.

Which locations are we visiting?

The cruise stops at Mykonos, Milos, Santorini, Heraklion and Samos. During the cruise we will be off-boarding the ship to either visit local innovation ecosystem stakeholders or enjoy some free time. During that time you are free to either work on your project (an idea would be to talk to local people to validate your idea) or relax under the Greek sun. At Mykonos and Santorini we stay overnight.

Why is there a screening process?

Although we would have loved to make CruiseInn as big as possible, we can only host a limited number of participants. We want to have people with quality and matching skills, growing startups, passion and commitment to go with their projects forward after CruiseInn 2018 ends.The special entrepreneurs pass will be available for 35 participants thanks to our sponsors. If you don’t get invited to join us it doesn’t mean you don’t fit in the description above, it rather means we need one more cruise next year.

Once you applied you will be registered in our system and we will get in touch with you once there are updates on upcoming cruises.

I’ve received an invitation – can I bring my friends/family along?

After you received an invite you are welcome to either bring your friend or partner along and share your cabin with them (up to 4 people).

Your friends can apply to get a “Nomads, Corporate & friends” pass at the given special rates starting from 529 euros.

If you want to bring children with you, please send an email to info@getcruiseinn.com so as to get back to you with a special quote.

Remember that the minimum age to join the cruise is six months and women who are pregnant beyond week 22 cannot join the cruise.

Are there going to be other passengers on board besides us?

Yes. Celestyal Crystal can host up to 1.000 passengers and don’t forget we are in the middle of the summer. You will have chance to meet tourists from all over the world.

Don’t forget that we are going to have private lounges for working space and meetups.

What does participation fee cover?

Participation fee will be used to cover port authorities taxes, service fees, cabin, meals, drinks, wifi, some excursions and you will be asked to proceed with the payment only after you have been invited to participate in CruiseInn. With the help of our sponsors we have reduced this fee to 320 euros (incl. VAT 24%), for the limited Entrepreneurs pass, which includes your cruise fare, cabin, meals and drinks during the entire cruise. Pretty sweet deal if you ask us. (:

There is also available a special pass starting from 799 euros per passenger.

Having financial hardship but really want to get on-board? Don’t hesitate to drop us a line at ahoy@getcruiseinn.com or find out more about scholarships that our partners network may announce.

What drinks are included in my ticket?

All basic drinks on the cruise are included. However, if you prefer more high end brands, you can upgrade anytime at the reception desk.

Does the ticket include meals?

The food is included in your ticket. You can expect a wide variety of food during meal times with many options for vegans and vegetarians. Our package includes:

  • Buffet in morning (fruit, cereal, eggs, variation of bread, pancakes, sausages and more)
  • Buffet for lunch (salad bar, variety of fish, meat, vegetables and desserts)
  • Dinner a la carte or buffet style

Are there any additional charges?

Your participation fee includes taxes, service fees, cabin, meals, drinks, wifi, and cruiseinn participation fee.

Additional charges apply for selected on-board services such as à la carte restaurant special meals, special drinks, SPA packages, casino and laundry services.

Other than that, there will not be any other fees.

How do I pay for my ticket?

A few days after we accept your invitation, we will send you an e-mail containing all the payment information and your invoice. You can pay online and with bank transfer. The full amount needs to be paid 30 days prior to departure.

Can I get an invoice for my payment?

We can send you an receipt or invoice after your payment is completed. If you need a invoice, you have to informed us as soon as possible after the payment.

How do I get a scholarship code for the fees?

Some of our partners may decide to cover part or the total participation fee for some of their community members. If you have given a Scholarship/Fellowship code you may refer it in your application. Please consider that Fellowship programs target to give a chance to young talents with economic hardship, so be wise when you decide to claim one. A scholarship code doesn’t secure you will be selected as a participant for CruiseInn 2018. The scholars of each fellowship program will be selected based on the results of their application assessment.

What is the quality of WiFi on board?

The internet is an important feature.  We are lucky enough, as most of the woking hours we will be on our destinations.

However, we can’t promise a high speed connection on board for the entire cruise. On Wednesday morning until 13:00 we will be in the middle of Aegean sea, where we will have access to satellite connection, but we are hesitant to recommend relying on it.

So our recommendation is: try to be as independent from regular internet access as possible. Try to think in terms of a ‘digital detox’ (which allows unlimited chocolate cake and ice-cream in contrast to most other detoxes) and you can only be positively surprised.

Can I upgrade my cabin?

Want to upgrade? Unfortunately for the really special offer of the “Entrepreneurs & young professionals” pass you can’t. However, you can upgrade for the “Nomads, Corporate & friends” pass. If you want to upgrade your cabin, you have to do so at least 30 days before the cruise departure date. Let us know and we will inform you about the extra charges based on availability. Downgrades are unfortunately not possible. To request a change simply send an email to info@getcruiseinn.com.

Who is responsible for my security?

On-board, standard rules and regulations coming with your cruise fare apply. Please listen carefully and follow the instructions of the ship crew. During on locations, you are kindly requested to take care of your own security. We do not cover your travel insurance. Celestial Cruises’ General Conditions of Carriage of Passengers and their Luggages are applicable. http://www.celestyalcruises.com/gr/category/terms-and-conditions-of-carriage/index.html

What about Visa Requirements?

CruiseInn cannot be held liable for insufficient visas. You must research if with your nationality you need a visa for Greece.

What about insurance?

CruiseInn does not provide insurance with your ticket. You are obliged to insure that you have sufficient health, travel and accident insurance coverage.

What about my personal data?

By applying for and participating in CruiseInn 2018 you consent that the personal data you submit to us (eg. CVs) will be used by us and our partners for recruiting and other purposes. We will not share your submitted personal data with non-partners. Please take notice that CruiseInn 2018 will be filmed for social media and after-event pictures and videos, in which you might appear.

How can I cancel my ticket?

If for some reason you can’t make it on the cruise you can cancel your ticket by simply sending an email to ahoy@getcruiseinn.com. CruiseInn will honor refunds up to 15 days before the event kickoff. We do not offer refunds later (due to the need to pre-purchase supplies).

Do you have any more questions?

Please get in touch with us by sending an email to ahoy@getcruiseinn.com or sending a message to our facebook page and we’ll get back to you soon.