When planning CruiseMates group cruises there's one thing I've learned for certain... the old adage holds true... you can't please all the people, all the time<G>
What we do try to do is pick a variety of itineraries, ships (as far as size etc), cruise lines, and lengths of cruises.
Last year many of our cruises happened to be longer cruises 10-14 days. In 2003 we offered an 8 day cruise on the Carnival Legend in the Caribbean, a 14 day transatlantic cruise on the Celebrity Constellation, a 12 day cruise on Radisson Seven Seas Voyager to the Baltic, a 10 day cruise on RCI's Brilliance of the Seas, a 10 day cruise on Island Princess, and a 7 day cruise on NCL Sun.
Prior to that that we've had Panama Canal cruises on HAL, Thanksgiving and New Years Cruises on Golden Princess, and Carnival, an Alaska cruise on RCI, and a Celebrity Mediterranean cruise, as well as a Renaissance cruise to Tahiti, and two previous cruises to or from Hawaii.
And just last month the 7 day cruisemates group on the Carnival Pride, in the Mexican Riviera.
So.. over the last 3 years or so, we really have had groups all over the world! Though there's always lots of interesting places still to explore <G>
After many of last years cruises were of the longer variety, the people on our message boards have, in considerable numbers, expressed an interest in more 7 day cruises out Florida, so I've tried to address their desires in planning for the balance of 2004, and into 05... while still trying to venture forth to somewhere new.
We've never sailed out of NY for a fall foliage cruise to Canada... thus the Constellation, and we've never had a group sail out of Galveston... thus the Grand Princess cruise.
Certainly, if there's noticeable interest in another west coast sailing, we'll do our best to find a great deal to accomodate those folks.
Afterall the purpose of ALL these group cruises is to give the members of our CruiseMates community the opportunity to sail together at great prices. And to assist in making them GREAT Fun!!!!
To borrow another old saying.. the proof is in the pudding! On our upcoming Hawaii group cruise in May, of those booked to go already ,30 are people who have previously done a CruiseMates Group Cruise.... and quite a number of those are on their 5th or 6th trip with CruiseMates.
And I have to be honest... sometimes it doesn't matter what ship it is, or where it's going. Just being with all the good people who hang around at CruiseMates is what makes the trip so much fun!
Post Edited (03-02-04 08:52)