How To Plan A Group Cruise

As an avid cruiser you already know the benefits of taking a cruise vacation. 

  • All your meals are included
  • You get to visit 3 or more wonderful destinations that you would probably never get to see if it wasn’t for cruising.
  • They clean up your room for you.
  • They clear the table after you eat!
  • They wash the dishes!!
  • You only have to pack and unpack once.

You know all of that because you are an experienced cruiser!
Well, now it’s time to take your experience to the next level and do a group cruise!

Why a group cruise?  Glad you asked!  Here are a few reasons;

  • Group Rates
  • Free amenities:  onboard credits, Private cocktail parties, free tote bags, wine in your cabin, etc.
  • Lower initial deposit requirements.
  • Dining tables reserved for you and your group.
  • You are the BMOC!

Oh, did I mention that as the Group Leader you can cruise for FREE?

It’s true! If you group books a minimum number of cabins the group leader  goes for free*. With most cruise lines the minimum is 8 cabins.  Book 16 cabins and your cabin mate goes for free, too!  And … once you have earned your free cabin, you can earn additional cash for booking even more cabins. The more cabins booked, the more you earn!!

Here’s the best part: 

We do all the work for you.  All we expect you to do is spread the word to those that might be interested in going on your Group Cruise. We will even print up flyers for you to hand out.  We put our phone number on the flyers. Your people call us, we take care of all the reservations, billing, documentation, etc. That’s our job!  You just keep on handing out the flyers. (Social Media is good too).  We do all the work and you reap the rewards for being the Group Leader.  Sound easy?  It is!

Here’s some ideas for starting a group;

  • Church Groups
  • Networking Groups
  • Fraternal Organizations (police, firefighters, Shriners, first responders)
  • Alumni Associations
  • Social Organizations
  • Family Reunions
  • Beauty Shops
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Radio Stations
  • Educational Associations
  • Military Organizations
  • Class Reunions
  • Wedding Parties
  • Business Incentives
  • Friends & Family
  • Homeowners Associations
  • Lions Club
  • Moose Club
  • Elks Lodge

As you can see – the possibilities are endless. See how many ideas you can come up with.

If you are involved in any of these types of organizations, or if you know somebody that is, you already have your foot in the door.  Speak to the leaders and pitch the idea of going on a Group Cruise.  If they need meeting space for a conference, that can be arrange at little or no cost.

The only other task is to select the right ship and sailing date. We can help you with that.

Once we get the ship & sail date we will take it from there by blocking off the cabins with the cruise line and printing up flyers for you to hand out.

Give us a call @ (800) 889-7683 and we’ll get the ball rolling.

 

* Free cruise fine print. You are responsible for your taxes, fees, port expenses and gratuities. The amount of money you earn, including the value of your free cruise is calculated by the cruise line after the cruise is over and the books have been finalized. The cruise line sends a check for your free cruise amount and any other money you have earned about two weeks after the cruise is over.

 

 

Carnival Vista

Vista

The Cruiseman & Mrs. Cruiseman recently spent a week aboard the Carnival Vista, sailing from Galveston, TX with port calls at Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman Island & Cozumel, MX.  We were impressed with some subtle improvements that Carnival has made with this line of ships.  One very pleasing improvement was the way the buffet and dining rooms were laid out. They managed to divide up the seating space into some very pleasant smaller sections resulting in much quieter seating arrangements.

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guysLike all the Carnival ships dining options at lunch time are abundant. You can pick from Guy’s Burger Joint, the Seafood Shack, the Mongolian Wok, Pasta Bella, Blue Iguana Cantina, Guy’s Pig & Anchor, the Lido Deck Marketplace (buffet) or the Main Dining Room.  There’s even a nice salad bar on Deck 15 in the adults-only Serenity area. Oh, don’t forget the 24 hour Pizza!

Evening dining has it’s options as well. You can make a reservation in the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, JiJi’s Asian Kitchen or Cucina Del Capitano. (These restaurants have cover charges). We tried both JiJi’s and Cucina and were very pleased with both.

An interesting twist in the Liquid Lounge (main theater) is that the seating on the lower level is mostly movable chairs rather than the long benches that cruisers are used to. It seemed rather odd to me until I saw what they did during one of the production shows. They were able to move the chairs around to allow for extra staging right in the middle of the audience so more people got a close up view.  Very clever!

The Vista Lobby (Deck 3) has a major change from previous Carnival ships.  The glass elevators are gone as well as the 14 deck high atrium ceiling. In it’s place they have a low ceiling just 3 decks high, which results in a “small ship” feel, similar to the Princess ships. The Vista Lobby is a natural gathering place for various events and entertainment.

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We even spotted a famous basketball player in Jamaica!
tall guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course the Waterworks were busy keeping the kids and teenagers busy.

water
Mrs. Cruiseman wanted me to show you what she wants me to get for our home.
It’s an instant hand washer. It washes, rinses and sanitizes your hands in 12 seconds!
Just stick your hands in and it kicks into action.  Genius!

hand washer

We’d love to help you plan your next cruise vacation – on the Carnival Vista or maybe some other ship.  Give us a call @ (800) 889-7683

Be sure to visit us on Facebook & Twitter. We are also on Instagram now, as well.

In closing, please don’t be like these people.They waited until it was too late to enjoy traveling.

dont wait