Cruise Together: Groups, Friends and Family
Reunions, Girlfriend Getaways, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Fund
Raisers, Weddings And More.
Grab your family and
friends, and start planning your next cruise event today -
birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, family reunions and more!
Find and book your next group cruise using our Group Cruise
Directory. Highlighting the major cruise lines that offer group
cruise discounts, group cruise packages and cheap group cruise rates
on all contemporary, premium, luxury, specialty and river cruise
lines. The service is free and easy-to-use, allowing you to
research, find and reserve group cruises for family reunions,
vacation groups, religious and fraternal events, friends & family
groups, girlfriend getaways, fund raisers, corporate meetings and
Let us help you organize your next group cruise and make it a
huge success. We offer a step-by-step guide to planning the perfect
cruise vacation for your group. Lets us help you choose the best
cruise line and ship based on your group's interest, size, and ages.
You will learn all about the hot new cruise destinations and the
best ports of call, plus travel writer's Raye and Marty Trencher's
Cruise Tips help you negotiate better rates, tell you how to get
free cruises for group leaders and what incentives to ask for.
You’ll also learn how to make your group payments, handle documents
and review the cruise lines' group policies.
Take advantage of their "how to" knowledge, years of personal
experience in planning, operating, and leading successful group
cruises both close to home and overseas with proven, time tested
techniques will turn your group's dream cruise into reality.
Whether you’re just starting out and need research material, group
brochures, sample itineraries or if are seeking competitive quotes
for a cruise – just call us or fill out a sort form and we will be
in touch - ready to go to work for you.
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Groups, Friends and
Family Reunions, Girlfriend Getaways, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Fund Raisers, Weddings And More.
Grab your family and friends, and start
planning your next cruise event today - birthdays, weddings,
anniversaries, family reunions and more!
Just reserve eight or more staterooms on one sailing and you’ve got
Who qualifies for a group? Anyone and everyone! The
possibilities are endless. Whether you’re coordinating a
family or school reunion, or planning a professional seminar
for an organization, Cruise Direct Online offers you
fantastic group rates and a great variety of amenities to
make your event unique and memorable.
Whether it's complimentary champagne and chocolates, or a
private cocktail party onboard, you can choose from special
amenities just for your group. All it takes to qualify is a
group traveling together in 8 or more staterooms. Cruise
Direct Online's expert Group Travel department can turn your event
planning into smooth sailing.
Cruise Direct Online has all the
fun and all the fun places for
fantastic group vacations.
Cruise Ships are spectacular floating resorts filled with dozens of
unique settings for swimming, dancing, dining, Vegas and Broadway
style shows, working out and shopping duty-free.
Interested in planning a group cruise? Have a Groups Representative
contact you. Just fill out the
Group Request Form
Want to cruise for free?
Get 8-15 Friends, Associates or Family
to cruise and you could
go free. Be the tour leader/conductor and
you may qualify.
Call 800.365.1445 for details
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Planning a wedding, friends & family cruise, a corporate meeting
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experience to work for you. Just fill out the Group Request Form (
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Then, give us a call at 800.365.1445.
examples of groups who have taken a cruise:
Educational or business seminars
- Friends & Family
- Alumni Groups
- Church Groups
- Clubs &
- School Groups
- Weddings or
some examples of corporate groups:
- Seminars/Meetings at
- Company Outings
- Sales Incentives
- Discount Employee
Service At Sea
For Groups of 50 or
more, Cruise Direct Online can provide professional
escorts, who take care of all your group needs at
sea. They make sure your staterooms are in order.
They provide coordination with the ship's staff for
all meeting facilities, making sure they are set-up
and prepared for you. They can arrange special tour
excursions and private visits to the Galley and
Group Leaders Cruise for
How about a FREE vacation.
As a Group Leader, you could earn free passage on a
Here's how it works... If
you have at least 16 people ( 8 double occupancy cabins
required ) who are interested in taking a cruise together,
you could earn a free cruise. The cruise line will award a
free berth ( another word for bed ) for every 8 cabins
your group reserves. On some cruises, it can be as few as
Here's an example of the
number of free berths (beds) your group earns:
- 8 cabins (16 guests)
booked = 1 Free Bed
- 16 cabins (32 guests)
booked = 2 Free Beds (equal to 1 free cabin)
- 24 cabins (48 guests)
booked = 3 Free Beds
- 32 cabins (64 guests)
booked = 4 Free Beds (equal to 2 free cabins)
- 100 cabins (200 guests)
booked = 12 Free Beds (equal to 6 free cabins)
I just wanted to take a moment to THANK
YOU so much for all that you did for our family/friends cruise on
Royal Carribbean's Legend of the Seas. My family loves the RCCL
line....and as concerned as I was that we had little ones coming on
this vacation, I was so impressed with the
Ocean Adventure's Club.
My two little ones wanted to be there all the time. I now have no
reservations about bringing them on another RCCL cruise, the staff
is just fabulous! When I originally started to research cruises and
Travel Agents to help with the process, I was overwhelmed (Let's
face it, sometimes the internet can be a good thing and sometimes it
can be a bad thing). I
am so happy that I can across your website. I sure didn't expect
the response that I received from our family and friends when I
started planning the cruise, and you were there every step of the
way putting up with my cabin changes, adding new guests at the last
moment, and removing guests in some cases, too! You were amazing
and I know for a fact that you are responsible for our worry-free
and amazing journey through the Caribbean. Everyone that joined us
on the cruise was extremely impressed at how well the whole thing
fell together with little trouble on their parts.
can not thank you enough, and don't forget that we will be planning
another one for 2008!
Legend of The Seas
Raye & Marty:
I would like to say thank you for all you have done for
us in the past Re: the group cruise in March 2003 and the
March 2005 group cruise. Working with both of you have made
all of us feel like we are long time friends. You folks
make the process sooo very easy. Raye, I want to thank
you for your taking us by the hand, and walking
us through every aspect of cruising. Because of your
attention to detail we will continue to use Cruise
Direct Online as our travel agency of choice when
booking future cruises. The "Miracle" was fabulous. The
upgrades that were provided were super and the group
enjoyed the entire cruise. What a beautiful ship.
On behalf of all 32 people in the group, I personally
want to thank both of you for your patience and
understanding with all the questions that you handled
from all members of the group. We, all, look forward to
the next cruise, hopefully 2007, at which time we will
put your expertise to the test once again.
-Rog and Marlene Bauder
Bill and Cindy Benson
Jim and Marcia Hanson
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Marty and Raye
Job well done! Congratulations! This testimonial goes to
show you the importance that travel agents play in the
role of turning on first time cruisers. We value your
expertise in helping them through "the process". Due to
your expert guidance and seasoned advice, they'll be
repeat cruisers for many years to come!
Thank you for suggesting the Carnival Miracle for their
most recent cruise, and hopefully with your direction,
they will choose to sail with us again!
Business Development Director
Carnival Cruise Lines
|Cruise Lines only award
the value of the cruise fare only. Port charges, taxes and
government fees are not free and must be paid by everyone
in the group, including the Tour Leader. Each cruise line
has its own group leader policy and they vary depending
upon the cruise line.
Converting Free Berths
Here are a few ways group
leaders can take advantage of earned berths:
Keep the free bed for yourself and cruise for free and
even earn extra spending money if enough people travel
with the group. This is agreed upon in advance and can be
Lower the Per Person
You can take the value of the free berth (s) and divide it
among the others in the group as an additional discount.
Since the number of free berths depends on the number of
cabins that actually sail, the additional discounts are
applied at final payment or as a rebate after the group
returns from the cruise.
Personal Cruise Direct
You can hire an on-board group escort to help coordinate
on-board and on-shore activities. Use one of free berths
to cover the escorts passage. A separate special
services fee may apply.
Invite A Special Guest
Invite a guest lecturer or celebrity. This could be a
local pastor, radio or tv personality or an expert in your
field whose participation may encourage others to join
Take the value of the free berths and apply them towards
the purchase of shore excursions like sightseeing tours,
snorkeling, fishing adventures or a glacier helicopter
In Cabin Amenities
Give everyone an in cabin
gifts like fruit baskets, wine, or chocolates.
Interested in planning a group cruise? Have a Groups Representative
Just fill out the
Group Request Form
Looking to reward
your top individuals, one at a time. After all,
there's no motivation more powerful than being
singled out. With an individual incentive cruise
program, your participants can choose when
they'll cruise, or even where they go. Or
perhaps reward someone a cruise as an
on-the-spot bonus for exceptional performance,
or how about creating a multi-tiered incentive
program with varying award levels? Winners could
go on a 3-day Caribbean getaway, a 7-day Bermuda
cruise or a 12-day Europe cruise. Nothing can
increase motivation and productivity more than
an individual incentive. It's the ultimate
reward. Let us customize an incentive cruise
program made just for you.
24 Cruise Lines
Have Meeting &
Going on a cruise is like taking two vacations
in one: the first-class treatment and facilities
of a luxury resort, combined with the excitement
of travel to exotic destinations. From cocktail
parties to award ceremonies, a cruise is a great
way to bring colleagues closer together, while
everyone still has time to themselves. What's
more, were professionals in the business of
planning group and incentive travel, so relax:
You're in the hands of experts here.
deadlines, no sales calls, no e-mails, no memos.
Is this any way to conduct business? Well -
actually, yes. Think of a cruise ship as a
floating conference center complete with video
and overhead sound and light capabilities,
multi-image shows, theatrical special effects
and more. Many ships have rooms that accommodate
large sessions, breakout rooms and hospitality
suites of all sizes. And since your associates
can't stray too far when they're aboard ship,
you can keep attendance higher and be more
groups, nothing is more impressive than a privately
chartered ship. Since you "own" the ship, virtually
every aspect of the cruise can be customized for your
group. You can decide which ports the ship will call
on, what dishes will be offered on the menu, and which
shore excursions will be available. Choreographed
stage shows can be customized for the company, or the
ship can be renamed in the company's honor. The ship's
Captain can even promote the company's chairman to the
rank of Honorary Admiral in a full-dress ceremony.
It's like having your own corporate yacht to do as you
please, only better. Because aboard a cruise ship,
there's so much more to do.
From business meetings
to awards ceremonies, cocktail receptions, shore tours
and theme parties, Cruise Direct Online can customize
every detail. Gift items such as shirts, caps or
sunglasses imprinted with the Company's name;
signature cocktail napkins, menus, and daily
newsletters; custom nameplates on everyone's stateroom
door; ice sculptures in the form of a logo; corporate
ideas played over closed-circuit TV, "Welcome Aboard"
notes from the ship's Captain ... unlimited
opportunities to customize your incentive cruise. And
you can count on us to deliver.
Compare the Cost
Food & Beverage
(3 meals daily, cocktail party with live
entertainment, wine with dinner each night, tax
(all audio-visual equipment including VCR,
projectors, monitors and screens, wireless
microphones and coffee breaks)
(Broadway shows and variety acts)
Per Person, Per Day
(94% More Expensive than a cruise)
(59% More Expensive than cruise)
This comparison is based on
a 7-Day program with 4 meetings, 2 productions
and for 200 participants
Compliments of NCL.
groups can be accommodated?
Depending on the ship
you choose, as few as 16 guests or up to a full-ship
included in the price?
Your cruise fare will
include stateroom accommodations, sea transportation,
all your meals, entertainment and on-board activities.
depending upon cruise line, air transportation, shore
excursions, medical services, items of a personal
nature such as bar
(except coffee, tea, or milk with meals or when
expressly specified) gift shop purchases,
photography, beauty salon/barber shop and spa
services, gambling and service/porterage gratuities
are not included in the cruise fare. Also not included
for passports, visas, inoculations, laundry,
travel insurance, postage, telegrams, telephone
calls and surcharges, any items of a personal nature,
Guests are urged to read the cruise lines
brochure and cruise line confirmation from the cruise
line for complete details on what is or what is not
How does the
cost compare to a resort?
The economies are
evident. Not only because our prices are competitive,
but because many of the services that resorts charge
extra for are complimentary aboard our ships: meeting
rooms, coffee breaks, meals, afternoon snacks, AV
equipment, entertainment, theme parties, sporting
events and many daytime activities, to name just a
How are private
functions and cocktail receptions can be held either
in public rooms or in private suites. Drinks and hors
d'oeuvres can be provided at an affordable cost
What about dining
You may have ,
depending upon availability, all your group's members
seated in one area of a dining room, with either
assigned or open seating.
on-board purchases handled?
Drinks, spa services,
shore excursions and shop purchases can all be charged
to on-board accounts. You may either set up a master
account for your group, or leave it up to individual
participants to establish and settle their own
How can we
Gratuities for your
group's dining room staff and room stewards are
prepaid prior to sailing. A 15% gratuity is
automatically added to all purchases in bars and
and fax services available?
Yes, anyone from your
group can telephone directly from their stateroom. In
addition, worldwide telex, radiogram or fax services
are available from most ships. The guest will be
charged at applicable ship-to-shore rates. And aboard
many ships, you will find internet access via
the ship's satellite system.
Study: Biz Cruises Float With Meeting Planners
Foreign-flag cruise lines, which control over 90%
of the berths serving North American passengers,
represent an underused market for corporate
meetings and incentive travel, according to the
results of a survey conducted by Royal Caribbean
Cruises, Ltd. .....and others.
The study found that 79% of meetings planners
would consider holding their business events at
sea, and 68% do not consider tax deductibility
when planning events.
Cruise observers have long maintained that
foreign-flag ships make poor venues for corporate
meetings because expenses tied to such gatherings
are not tax deductible....
....The survey's sponsors said they recognized
that it is likely that the planners did not relate
to the tax deductibility question because "it is
not an issue with domestic hotels and resorts."
However, they added that the findings on the tax
question "is an indicator of the attention, or
lack of, paid to this subject by the majority of
Indeed, respondents said the most important
factors to consider when planning an event are
location (45%), followed by price and budget (38%)
and service (21%).....
......The study also found that only 12% of
respondents use cruise ships as a meeting venue
vs. 74% who use land-based resorts.
"All of the elements are in place for these
groups to use cruise ships. The amenities and
level of service are comparable, both have a sense
of exclusivity and both have an all-inclusive
"With the all-inclusive nature of cruising, many
meeting planners find that a cruise ship event can
be more affordable than traditional meeting
venues," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, associate vice
president of national and corporate sales at Royal
"The variety of destinations, dining options,
activities make cruise ships an innovative and
The study was distributed via e-mail to 12,481
registered meeting planners as identified by
To increase the response rate, an incentive of
entry into a drawing for a seven-night Royal
Caribbean cruise was included in the survey form.
A total of 548 planners responded to the survey, a
4.4% response rate.
Other findings pointed to the cruise segment's
growing exposure, desirability and market
The survey found that while 82% of respondents
had not held business events on a ship, 42% had
been on a cruise before and 79% said they would
consider holding an event aboard a cruise ship.
Of those who said they would not consider holding
an event aboard a cruise ship, the most common
reason given was "cost/budget," at 27%, followed
by "not a professional atmosphere/too
distracting," at 17%.
Also cited were "too confining," and "didn't like
the inflexibility of arrivals/departures for
attendees," at 11%, and "length of meetings," at
......Overall, the survey concluded that many of
the planners who responded to the survey fit
within the cruise-candidate profile and that there
is an interest in the market for cruise-ship
from an article that appeared in
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