Salesforce ran out of hotel rooms, so it rented this cruise ship for its big annual conference — and it looks amazing

Dreamboat

Salesforce’s big annual conference, Dreamforce, has grown so big over the past decade that this year it even ran out of hotel rooms to accommodate all the visitors in downtown San Francisco. Salesforce estimates it will have more than 160,000 registered attendees this year for its four-day event.

To solve this, the $US50 billion cloud software giant found an interesting solution: it rented a cruise ship from Celebrity Infinity to find rooms for over 1,100 guests.

We took a tour of the ship, called Dreamboat, a day before Dreamforce started. It wasn’t the most ideal weather to take photos, but the ship itself looked pretty amazing.

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