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PTCChris May 17th, 2006 02:53 PM

Planning Large Group
I am one of the people in charge of planning a cruise for our church. Is there any advantage to booking large groups through the cruise line directly or using an agency. I've only used agencies for my personal and family cruises. Thanks in Advance.

Y2C May 17th, 2006 03:10 PM

Go through an agency. They can set up a group space and possible reduction on cabin prices.
You would be the group leader to be kept informed.

The other item is that so many cabins booked will earn Tour Conductor Points (TC). The TC can offer a free cabin depending how many cabins are booked or use the TC for social events, as cocktail parties, group pictures and not elect to get the free cabin. Normally it takes 16 cabins booked to get one cabin free.
The TA can handle the whole booking and take it off your shoulders. Each couple booking then can call the TA book under the group number and away you go.

A good TA will explain how the TC points work.

PTCChris May 17th, 2006 04:43 PM

Thanks for the response Y2C.

MaryLou May 17th, 2006 08:14 PM

Yes, definitely stay with your TA. The group crusie can also serve as a fundraiser for your church if you like. Your TA can give you all the details. Enjoy!

LisaK May 18th, 2006 09:32 AM

ditto! - let your TA handle this.

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