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Group & Theme Cruises

One of the most popular ways to travel is with a group. There are many types of groups in the cruising world; here's a brief list of some of the more popular types (along with a short explanation of each):

Friends & Family Groups: This is the most popular (and most obvious) type of group. It's simply a group of your friends and family going on a cruise together. It's a great way to get your extended family together, and is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Gay & Lesbian Groups: There are several companies that specialize in arranging travel for the gay and lesbian community. Among the more popular companies are Atlantis Events, R Family Vacations and Olivia. Click here to view our gay and lesbian page for more details.

Work-Related Groups: Several workplaces out there organize group cruises. From teachers at school to police officers and firefighters. It's a great way to bond with your co-workers and to have your families meet in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Charity Groups: Many well known charities organize group cruises to help generate funds towards their good causes.

Theme Cruises: There are several companies out there that specialize in organizing theme cruises. It's a great way to meet people that share a similar interest with you. There are many types of theme cruises available each year, from those showcasing famous athletes, to those with live concerts of famous musicians, or even cruises geared towards food & wine connoisseurs. Click here for our frequently updated list of theme cruises available through various cruise lines.

Organize Your Own Group Cruise!
Want to organize your own group cruise? It's not as hard as you may think. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:

* Send an e-mail blast to those you want to invite. This is a great way to get the word out there, especially if its to a large group. Nowadays everyone has e-mail, and with an e-mail you can send links to various websites containing information about your group or the cruise ship you're interested in.
Besides being quick and convenient, it's also quite cost effective (compared to having flyers made and mailing them out).

* Book early! The last thing you want to happen is for the ship to sell out before everyone in your group has booked. Booking early will allow you to have a nice pick of staterooms, from the location (for those that want to have rooms near each other) to the capacity (as rooms for over 2 people are limited and tend to sell out quickly). The worst thing you can do when arranging a group is waiting until a few months before the cruise departs. It's best to arrange a group at least nine months to a year prior to the departure. One of the best things about booking early is that as long as you haven't paid in full yet your travel agent or cruise line can usually honor any price decreases, as long as it's not a "new bookings only" promotion.

* Book your group through a travel agent. By doing this you are able to get a much better deal than booking through the cruise line directly. Travel agents make commissions, and they are usually allowed to discount the cruise price or give you a gift of some sort (such as an onboard credit). They are always able to do better than the cruise line. Be sure to book your entire group through the same travel agency, as having different agencies arrange a group can be a nightmare. Booking through different agencies can lead to all sorts of inconveniences for your group, such as having to dine at different times. Plus, many agencies will give you a free cruise berth for every 16 passengers booked in your group, as long as you have at least 8 staterooms at that point.

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