What Is A Group Cruise?
A Group Cruise is generally 8 or more staterooms traveling together on the same ship and sailing date. It's that simple. If you can convince just a few more couples to join you on your cruise, then you could qualify for additional group discounts.
Cruise Lines love Pied Pipers, if you can get eight cabins instead of five cabins to cruise, you may even get to cruise for free. Who qualifies for a group? Anyone and everyone! The possibilities are endless. All you have to do is start speaking to everyone you know about their interest in taking a group cruise vacation. Group cruises are great for.
Why a Group Cruise?
Here are the some of the reasons why cruises are becoming one of the most popular vacation options for Groups.
Reduced Fares and a Tremendous Value
Cruises are virtually all-inclusive vacations. One price includes all accommodations, all meals, activities on board the ship, and entertainment. By traveling as a group, you will qualify for special group discounts and rates.
With a Group Cruise, there is no shopping, no cooking, and no cleaning. There is no waiting in line, no rental cars, no gas bills, no worries. You unpack once and let the ship's crew do the rest. From cleaning your cabin twice a day (including fresh towels), to 24-hour room service, it's all included in your price.
Multi-Interest Floating Resorts
Today's state-of-the-art cruise ships offer something for everyone regardless of their interests or personality. With rock climbing walls; ice-skating rinks; roller blade tracks; swimming pools; hot tubs; exercise facilities; movie theaters; Internet cafes; sports bars; libraries; video arcades; kids programs; spa services, shopping; gambling; cooking classes; enrichment seminars; guest lecturers; computer classes; yoga and more, there is plenty to keep every member of the group entertained.
Accommodations for Any Budget
Cruise ships have a number of different types of staterooms for any budget including Suites, Balcony Staterooms, Oceanview Staterooms, and Interior Cabins.
Convenient Home Port Departures
A Group Cruise gives out-of-towners a reason to attend. With cruise ships departing from 22 ports in the United States and Canada, cruising has never been more convenient. Today, you can find a cruise ship within driving distance of most US cities including Miami, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Galveston, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Seattle, to name a few.
There's maximum flexibility available for group dining on most cruise ships. Your group can elect to dine together at one fixed seating or choose independent dining options. Many cruise lines offer 'open seating' and alternative restaurants (additional charges may apply). Your Group Express account executive will review all the dining choices available to your group and help select the right combination that fits your needs.
Award Winning Entertainment
Today's cruise ships offer first-rate Broadway and Las Vegas-style musical revues; comedians; magic shows; piano bars; high energy discos; and live music to keep your group entertained from sun down to sun up.
Fun & Getting to Know Each Other
A Group Cruise gives everyone a chance to share a common experience. Family activities like private cocktail parties, group shore excursions, late night fun, and festivities will help people from all over the country get to know one another much better.
High Satisfaction Vacations
Cruises have the highest guest satisfaction rating in the entire travel industry. Cruise Line studies show that groups that travel together on a cruise will return again as a group within two years of their first trip. By planning a Group Cruise, you have a much better chance of making everyone happy.
Planning Your Family Reunion Cruise
You should begin planning your Group Cruise at least six months to one year in advance. This gives you plenty of time to:
- Lock into Early Booking Discounts and Group Rates
- Give notice for everyone to clear their schedules
- Secure staterooms in the desired categories and locations
- Ensure your preferred Dining Times
- Collect the minimum deposit and allow group members to make payments on their cruise if they prefer
To get started, please complete our Group Cruise Request Form and tell us a little bit about your group. A Group Specialist will contact you immediately to help you find the best cruise for your family.
iCruise.com will help you with all aspects of your Group administration. Our in-house graphics department will assist you in developing registration forms, promotional fliers, and even a special website to help you promote your group.
For immediate assistance in planning your Group Cruise, please call 1-800-439-1909, or click below to complete our Group Cruise Request Form.