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Each week you will read about different aspects of cruising. It could be about destinations, ships, amenities, etc.. Keep coming back each week for your "DID YOU KNOW?"
Whether we want to believe it or not, the summer season is just around the corner. Can you believe that many people are already planning their summer vacation.......FOR NEXT YEAR!! As you start thinking about those vacations and possible getaways, they are a great time to get together with friends and family members and enjoy their company. With that in mind, you should start thinking about a group cruise.
How many times have you wanted to get together with friends and/or family and have not been able to because of the hassles of planning and/or looking for the right location, hotel, food, entertainment etc. This is one way to do it without all the hassles.
What is a group cruise? It’s a cruise that has been planned out so all you and your guests have to do is enjoy! You’ll be sailing with like-minded people who want to have a good time. What type of groups can you have? You can have a family/friends reunion, church group, bowling team(s), guys/girls weekend escape, weddings, sales teams, corporate meetings, seminars and many more. How long are these group cruises? If you can’t get away for a long time, try a 3-5 nts cruise to the Bahamas. Get away for a bit longer? Then try a 7 nt Alaskan, European, or Caribbean cruise or better yet an extended cruise 10+ nts to Hawaii, throughout Europe, the possibilities are endless.
What are the advantages to doing a group cruise?
1) YOU will be able to enjoy all your guests.
2) No worrying if:
a) your guests are having a good time,
b) the neighbors will complain about the noise,
c) the food will be ready on time or whether it’s cooked or burnt.
3) Everyone will pay TODAY’s prices and everyone will have paid the same price (depending on their cabin choice) thus no complaining from or comparing by anyone.
4) Everyone will get extras like a bottle of wine (and who doesn’t like some wine?) or some extra money to use while on board.
5) Before the cruise, YOU know you’ll have someone who’ll monitor the group for YOU (ME!!)
6) During the cruise, YOU can relax and get away from it all for a bit if that’s what YOU want.
7) After the cruise, everyone will thank YOU!
When should these cruises be booked? Most of the cruise lines open up their groups at least one year in advance. The sooner you get your group together the better. The sooner you book, the better chance you’ll have of getting just the right price, amenities and room location. And like real estate, location is everything. Also, the sooner you book the cruise, the longer you’ll have to pay for it, your down payment will usually be lower and you’ll have a longer time to convince people to join you and your group. Booking in advance will also allow us (you and me) to plan and work on any special arrangements you may want or need (ie.. meeting space, special dinners, etc....)
Going with a group doesn’t mean you’re tied at the hips with your friends/family. During the day, you can get away and do your own thing. That will make the evenings even better when you get together and share your experiences. On those sea days, the ships are big enough where you can make sure no one finds you. Maybe get room service and enjoy a nice book and lunch on your balcony!
Remember, this is all about spending time with friends and family. When cruising, there’s always time for just that, enjoying those you love enough to spend time with and, if necessary, also still find time just for YOU.