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Sarah on Sep 06, 2017

Planning a group holiday? Here’s why cruises are the best way to travel

Planning a holiday for you and all of your family and/or friends is both exciting and challenging. Make it easy on yourself and meet everyone’s expectations for a relaxing and fun getaway by booking a group cruise. Whether you’re planning an anniversary, milestone birthday, reunion or something else, cruises will deliver with fabulous facilities, new and exciting port stops and outstanding service. There is something for everyone aboard a cruise ship, plenty of options to spend quality time together, and activities to suit all ages. Read on for more reasons why cruises are the best option for group holidays.

Great group deals

Most cruise lines have enticing deals for groups. You might get onboard credit to be used at facilities such as your ship’s bars, retail shops, spa, free venue hire, complimentary beverages or deals on photographs or shore excursions. If you are travelling with a larger group of 10 to 15 people, you might even get a free cabin or a completely free guest to sweeten the deal, and young kids can often come along at a discounted rate or even completely for free. Cabin upgrades are another possible group cruising perk.

A tailored experience

If your cruise is for a celebration or a particular event, you’re probably going to want to make it extra special. Luckily, many cruise lines can help create a tailored experience. P&O, for example, offers a range of ways to customise your group cruise, and can help you plan a number of optional extras, from personalised entertainment to group dining, extra room gifts and much more. Royal Caribbean also helps groups plan their adventure, with private shore excursions, cocktail hours and other ways to make your trip unforgettable.

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Dining galore

Dining has to be one of the best perks of a group cruise. Catering to a bunch of people with different tastes and dietary requirements can be a complex operation - but it’s made easy on a cruise ship by the sheer variety of culinary options dished out daily. Whether you’re craving Italian, Japanese, Mexican or some other mouth-watering cuisine, it’s likely your ship will have it. Check out the fare on the Carnival Spirit: it serves up dozens of dining options from burgers and pizza to sushi and seafood. Breakfast, lunch or dinner time, there’s something for the whole family. Plus, everyone gets an actual holiday - no one in the group has to worry about cooking, dishes or clean up of any kind.

A little something for everyone

When you get a diverse range of people together, it’s only natural that everybody likes something a little different. Fortunately, one of the joys of group cruising is that the ships are floating entertainment and recreation hubs. Your group will never run out of activities: Uncle Bob can while away the hours putting his feet up by the pool, while Aunt Sheryl attends all of the different shows onboard. Your ship will boast a mix of features including spas, recreation areas that might include sports areas (Radiance of the Seas has mini golf and a rock climbing wall), theatre shows, shopping, and much more, so it’s easy for everyone to enjoy themselves. Not to mention there are also plenty of kids’ clubs and groups to keep your little ones busy and give you that extra bit of rest and relaxation.

The hardest part of your group cruise is probably deciding which part of the world you’ll travel to - there are amazing cruises across the globe from Northern Europe and the Caribbean to the South Pacific. With so much to do onboard, your cruise can cater to every taste - so what are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments.

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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