I have been working on cruise ships for the last six years of my life and have been dealing with groups like this all of the time. Wales makes a great point. It is much cheaper to block off a part of a ship (most likely with other random guests) than to rent a convention space. Also, this really limits the amount of creativity one can have for the event when it is on a ship. Not sure I would ever pay any large amount of money to go to something like this but this seems a little insulting to the ones who actually care.
I see nothing inherently wrong with holding events at convention centers, on cruise ships, or anywhere else that can accommodate a number of people. At this time in history, some people might be wary of all get-togethers and all venues due to potential covid issues. Even without covid in the world, every event and venue has some risks. It is unavoidable. People pay their money and take their chances.
eta: Is the cost of this event deductible for anyone?
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