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Aerogirl January 2nd, 2014 10:11 PM

CM Group Cruise?
Getting close to booking my next cruise but wanted to know if there's a CM group cruise in the works...I would hate to miss out by booking something else. January 3rd, 2014 02:25 PM

Perhaps you should pick a cruise and start one for the group!


Paul Motter January 3rd, 2014 03:42 PM

That's a thought - what cruise are you thinking about?

Honestly, if anything we have been finding the cruise lines are pretty hard to deal with when it comes to the style of group cruises we used to do.

Our goal was always to save the group money, but the cruise lines won't let you hold onto group cabins that are selling below the official rate. They take them back before we can sell the group.

Group cruises are focused more towards families and affinity groups more than people looking for good deals these days. Until you sell at least a significant number of cabins you are not getting the cost benefits of having a group - so we just don't get the time we need to promote the group and keep the prices we start out with.

So - what ship are you looking at?

Aerogirl January 3rd, 2014 04:17 PM

So maybe we should start a list and of people who want to do one and then do a litte poll of three cruise choices. I'm thinking a seven day is whats most popular with our CM?

Hey Pete are you up to helping pick a few cruises with me? January 3rd, 2014 06:29 PM

I'm always up to helping!

But Paul is correct; we just don't get the deals for groups we use to get. For example, Carnival's group rates are slightly lower than the normal rate, but they don't offer any GAP (Group Amenity Points) that can be used for onboard credit. By comparison, RCCL group rates are the same as the normal rate, but they do provide GAP points, which can be used for onboard credit.

Problem is with most of these 'group' rates is that often you can get a better rate outside of the group, such as special sales, past guest, senior, etc, and then transfer into the group in order to get any group benefits.

In other words, the focus of groups has changed; it use to be all about getting a better rate and now it's more about just getting together as a group.

We have alot of groups on the books and I have to explain all of this to all of them because of all the changes that come down over the last few years.

So, with all that said, I would advise if you're looking for a nice group cruise, then don't be as concerned with the prices as you are about the cruise line, ship, sail date, and itinerary, and then let people decide whether or not they want to go.

Besides, if it's all about finding the cheapest price, then it'll be Carnival with a few NCL cruises thrown in there. Or you're going to have to leave from an out of the way port like Galveston, where they're offering some awesome prices on the RCCL Navigator of the Seas (inside cabins from $379 in November).

If you want more upscale, then Holland's prices are tough to beat, but as we all know, they are geared more towards an older crowd. And if you're looking at something like this, then you also might want to consider some of the newer ships in the Celebrity fleet, which are wonderful, but a bit more expensive.

And if you don't mind a bit more expensive, then the Ruby Princess is another wonderful ship to consider.

And so on and so forth.

As I tell all my group leaders, if you ask everyone in your group what cruise you should book, you're going to get as many answers as there are people in the group and you'll never reach a consensus. So my best advice is always for the group leader to work with the agent to find one cruise they feel will work best for the group. Then let the group know this is the cruise you'll be doing and they can decide to go or not because at that point it becomes less about the cruise itself and more about the group getting together.

Based on my experiences with alot of groups over the last 12 years, if you offer more than one choice, whoever did not pick the one that becomes the final choice will more than likely decide not to go anyway because it wasn't the one they wanted.



Aerogirl January 3rd, 2014 07:24 PM

I'm thinking pick a cruise and just put it out there for whomever decides their interested .
I'm doing RC I believe , just trying to decide between Indy 6 night or Radiance 5 night.....strongly leaning toward Indy....we'll be talking sooner than later.

Everyone is welcome:)

rayb February 10th, 2014 01:33 PM

group cruising
I want to go a Cruisemate Group cruise. You'll get one strted and I will go even ho I am an old cruiser inmany ways. You name it and I am with you. RayB

Sistersolo February 10th, 2014 01:59 PM

I'd also love to actually meet a batch of Cruisemates on a cruise, even if it's not an official "group" cruise.

For those of us who are going to have to fly to the embarkation port, a week or longer cruise makes the airfare more worthwhile. Personally I'd prefer Celebrity or HAL, but I'd be willing to do an RCCL or even Carnival if a bunch of other people were going (especially since Carnival frequently has bargain solo rates). How about an Alaska cruisetour later this summer? Or a southern Caribbean the first week of February NEXT year, when we'll all likely be just as sick of that winter as we are of this one right now?

Moiraine February 10th, 2014 04:01 PM

NCL Pearl has a nice ten day cruise out of Miami in March 2015 that goes to Tortola, Antigua, Martinique, St. Kitts, and St. Thomas and is reasonably priced.

rayb February 12th, 2014 07:32 PM

I would love to cruise anywhere and arrange for it to be this year. Dont wont to wait for a whole year.

Donna February 12th, 2014 08:23 PM

HOw about Alaska this summer or next?? Just a thought....

rollerdonna February 12th, 2014 09:42 PM

I would definitely like to do a CM group cruise again, but I need to get a job and make some money first...then I'll have to get the time off!
7 days works best for us, otherwise the airfare is just not worth it,


Aerogirl February 13th, 2014 12:04 AM


Originally Posted by Donna (Post 1494905)
HOw about Alaska this summer or next?? Just a thought....

Now this is a cruise that D/H would go on......I can do next summer.

rayb February 13th, 2014 12:18 PM

too long to wait. Du it this year!!

Aerogirl February 13th, 2014 07:15 PM

Hey Ray come join us on Breeze May 4,2014
This goes for everyone else!!!!

rayb February 15th, 2014 09:30 AM

I am thinking. Be back shortly with a decision on the Breeze. 6 days is mighty short.

Aerogirl February 15th, 2014 01:21 PM


Originally Posted by rayb (Post 1495049)
I am thinking. Be back shortly with a decision on the Breeze. 6 days is mighty short.

I only decided on Breeze because I wanted to cruise on her and I had a free cabin from Carnival. Its not the cruise I would normally choose but given the circumstances I figured what the heck.

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