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Old August 23rd, 2008, 03:00 PM
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for my mom's 70th birthday. Age range from 2 - 75. There will be many school aged kids so we are trying to decide if it would be better to travel at Christmas break or in the summer. What is the best way to plan a group trip?
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 04:30 PM
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My first suggestion would be to go through a qualified travel agent...one who specializes in cruises. Keep in mind that cruise prices and airfare will be higher over the Christmas holiday. Cruise prices tend to be a little more reasonable in the summer months....but, you are also dealing with hurricane season also.
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I agree, I'd start with a good TA.
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You have to ask yourself, is price important. The price of Xmas cruises is higher and the ship usually sails at over max capacity--so lines, waits, and lots of patience will be needed. It is a great time to go, but the cost will be much higher, so if some of your group are budget minded, it could be a problem. This price would apply to both Xmas and New year sailing.

Good luck and hope all goes well with the group!
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However, if schedules allow, the week before Christmas is usually very inexpensive.
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