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I am trying to plan a cruise for 15 people. Out of that only 5 of us have been on a cruise. I would rather do a 7 day one on Oasis because I feel like there would be something for all ages to do because our age range is 4-68. On a smaller ship like Enchantment I feel like with that many people they would get bored and it wouldn't be a long enough cruise. HELP!!!
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Do the 7 day on Oasis and you will find that it wasn't long enough. Everyone should be able to find something to do and enjoy. Also you have more choice of getting cabins together on a ship of that size.
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I have to agree , a seven day on Allure or Oasis would be the best choice. With so many people in diffrent age ranges there will be something for everyone.
My advise , save yourself the headache and pick the ship , itinary and date and then let everyone know the info, giving choices your never going to get everyone to agree on one thing.
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I will also chime in, go for the 7 day. After a week on Allure I could of easily stayed on longer to do and see everything. Also, especially with your age range, there will be something for everyone, can't go wrong...
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I agree that a seven day cruise on the Oasis or the Allure is the best way to go.


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First and foremost, make sure you book this with a reputable agent and not through the cruise line. If you book it through the cruise line and have any problems, who do you think they represent? Also, a agent who is a Cruise Specialist can help you find the perfect cruise based on your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Keep in mind that what one person loves, another will hate. So what some people are recommending may or may not be perfect for you.

Now, with that said, we book alot of groups and the one thing I always tell the group leaders, DON'T GIVE OPTIONS!! If you offer the people in your group two or three choices, it will create more problems than you want. The best thing to do is work with your agent to find the best cruise for your group and then let everyone else know this is what you're doing. Then they only have one choice to make; do they go or not?

So which of these two ships are the best for your group? My first question would be why are you only considering these two ships?

This is where a Cruise Specialist can be invaluable because there are many options to consider and many decisions to be made.

If, and only if, these are the only two ships you want to consider, it really boils down to price and length. A shorter cruise on the smaller older ship is going to be much less expensive that a longer cruise on the newest biggest ship. If the price or time eliminates 90% of those who want to go, your decision is already made for you.

Obviously, lots of things to think about, so the first thing you need to do is talk to your group and see if they are more inline with a short or longer cruise. Once that decision has been made, then talk to your Cruise Specialist and get the rates to present to your group for the various cabins (inside, oceanview, balcony, or suite).

But the bottom line is to let your Cruise Specialist handle all the details and let everyone in the group know their name and phone number to contact with questions. Otherwise, they'll all contact you for information and it'll drive you crazy!

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I'm thinking the OP is looking to find "something for everyone" and in my opinion I think Allure or Oasis is their best bet. I don't know much about Norwigian's new ships so that my be a option as well as Disney. The Oasis class really does offer the most for all ages and don't think the group will be disappointed . The Freedom class might be something to look at.

Having the age range 4-68 lines like Princess or Celebrity wouldn't be a good fit.

I agree especially with a group they need to contact a cruise specialist.
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Trying to plan a cruise for 15 people is going to take some time and patience.
Some will waffle back and forth as to whether or not they can go, when they can go, one spouse may be able to get off work and the other not be able--Not trying to be negative but I can agree with Pete--the more options you lay out, the more of a nightmare it will be. Plan the trip ( I would go Oasis 7 days --just me personally ) and lay out a couple options and say this is it--who's on board with me ?
Even then, you'll still have some problems but the less options you lay out, less problems you're going to have.
I'm not a travel agent but have had the " delightful " experience of doing this a couple of times -- the last time was several years ago--I said no more-- after that when people started in on me about cruising, I'd tell them when I was going and etc and if they wanted to go, to call the T.A. and arrange it.
In your case, I do wish you well and hope it all works out easily enough for all of you.
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Go with seven on a larger ship like Oasis, Allure, or Carnival ship like Breeze or Dream and NCL's Epic, Breakaway and Getaway would be also be good choices.

There will be more to do for everyone and, especially if people have to fly, a seven day will give you a cruise with more options and more bang for the buck.

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My last 2 were on Freedom so I know that a bigger ship with more to do would be the best choice and I never felt like 4 days was enough to do anything and really enjoy it. I've already told them that I would for the most part be taking care of everything because I don't want 10 different opinions on what we should do. It wouldn't be until next year so I can make sure everyone can get the time off so I wouldn't run into that problem. I have never been on Oasis or Allure but everyone I have talked to says that it's their favorite ship and our best bet with a big group. Thank y'all so much for your help!
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My last 2 were on Freedom so I know that a bigger ship with more to do would be the best choice and I never felt like 4 days was enough to do anything and really enjoy it. I've already told them that I would for the most part be taking care of everything because I don't want 10 different opinions on what we should do. It wouldn't be until next year so I can make sure everyone can get the time off so I wouldn't run into that problem. I have never been on Oasis or Allure but everyone I have talked to says that it's their favorite ship and our best bet with a big group. Thank y'all so much for your help!
Just so you get a feel for the ship and to show your other guests here is google's street view of Allure of the seas (Oasis would look the same with some very small differences) Google Street View - Allure of the Seas | Royal Caribbean
Take a virtual walk around and see all types of cabins.
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Just so you get a feel for the ship and to show your other guests here is google's street view of Allure of the seas (Oasis would look the same with some very small differences) Google Street View - Allure of the Seas | Royal Caribbean
Take a virtual walk around and see all types of cabins.
Thank you! That will help me a lot cause it looks like it has a whole lot more than Freedom!
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I am trying to plan a cruise for 15 people. Out of that only 5 of us have been on a cruise. I would rather do a 7 day one on Oasis because I feel like there would be something for all ages to do because our age range is 4-68. On a smaller ship like Enchantment I feel like with that many people they would get bored and it wouldn't be a long enough cruise. HELP!!!
I just went on an 11 night cruise, it was only just long enough but next time I'm seeking longer! The longer the better! Regardless time will fly no matter what!!
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kfurr89, have you made your decision yet?

Please let us know.

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