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8 Special Occasions You Can Celebrate on a Group Cruise

Group Cruising

Group cruising is on the rise and with good reason; it’s an affordable and fun way to gather your tribe and discover new destinations with the people special to you. You’ll unpack only once, laugh frequently and do it all from the comfort of a floating hotel that is packed full of things to do.

From family celebrations to corporate incentives, the right group cruise will excite the fussiest of travellers. Here is our list of the Top 8 Special Occasions You Can Celebrate on a Group Cruise.

1. A Wedding Cruise

The recipe for a fabulous wedding is usually equal parts romance, stunning scenery, delicious food, great entertainment and special guests, minus the stress of organising it.

Most major cruise lines offer wedding packages to rival even the best venues on land. You can choose to marry aboard the ship, in a delightful port setting, on a pristine beach or in a unique location, like a glacier!

Pick and choose from a range of wedding services including photography, hair and makeup, flowers and decorations.  A professional Wedding Planner can work with you to customise your reception with a choice of catering, cakes, music and entertainment. Your marriage documents can be taken care of too.

Spend your special day in a spectacular setting feeling stress-free and with more time to chat to guests, eat your fill of great food and dance the night away. 

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2. An Anniversary Cruise

When it comes time to celebrate your anniversary do away with ‘the norm’ and cruise the world instead! What better way is there to honor a lifetime of love than cruising by some of the world’s most scenic views with your partner and the people you care about?

You’ll be able to take advantage of group events packages to make the experience truly unforgettable. Most couples opt to book a private dining experience or culinary feast to share a meal in celebration.

If adventure is more your style consider organising a group-tour in port or a themed party by the pool. The options are endless.

3. A Reunion Cruise

Reunions can be fun, and the right setting can make it even more memorable. No matter how you choose to celebrate you’ll be able to build on relationships and create new memories together as you sail across the ocean, discover new places, and explore ports around the world.

The beauty of a group cruise for a reunion is that you’re not rushed to catch up with everyone. You might enjoy drinks on the sun deck one day, some time to yourself the next and then a group luncheon or tour the day after.

4. A Milestone Birthday Cruise

Getting older is no fun unless you’re a kid. Celebrate your next milestone birthday in a setting that will stretch the party beyond just one day.

By day your group can do as they please. Send the younger cruislings off to explore the kids club while the adults choose from a mountain of activities including poolside games, spa treatments, retail therapy and pure relaxation.

By night you can enjoy a celebratory dinner followed by the freedom to celebrate late into the night at a themed party or quiet bar, or head back to your cabin to sip on a warm cup of tea.

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5. A Graduation Cruise

Reaching an academic goal is an event worth celebrating, plus it’s likely that you’ll need some R&R when all is said and done.

Party with friends or explore with family, the choice is yours and your options are pretty much endless!

Travel is an investment just as important as education. We think your hard work and dedication should be rewarded with a mix of learning, discovering and fun!

6. A Retreat Cruise

Interest groups of all shapes and sizes are lining up to cruise, and why not? A change of scenery with like-minded people is a recipe for creativity, clear-thinking and fun.

Budding Yogis, fitness enthusiasts, book clubs and religious groups can be catered for in different ways aboard a cruise ship. Rent a private space for a workshop, worship or guest speaker or work with your cruise consultant to create a shore excursion catered to your specific interests.

7. A Staff Incentive Cruise

Often the only time you spend with your staff is in a business setting.  Running the rat-race with only a few weeks off per year can lead to creative burn-out and lack of motivation.

Reward is a great motivator. Wouldn’t you work that extra bit harder if it meant you could enjoy a tropical holiday at the end of the quarter, or when that big project wraps-up? A change of pace can re-energize and motivate your staff ultimately help you to achieve your business goals.

If an incentive cruise is offered to individuals then they can craft their experience as they please and enjoy their reward with family or friends.

If the incentive is offered in the format of a group cruise your team members can take excursions together, share meals together, workshop together and continue to build relationships and increase their ability to collaborate. As an employer, this is your chance to get to know your employees outside of work and connect with them on a different level.  

Some of the major cruise lines run incentive programs that allow you to budget, package and value-add your incentive programs. Plus, you can choose to go it alone or call in some help with a corporate and incentive staff manager.

8. A Conference Cruise

Conferences – love them or loathe them, they are vital to educate and empower delegates. Break away from the traditional format by sailing your delegates across the sea to a new destination, in an environment that will foster creativity and learning.

Most cruise lines offer the services of a dedicated Conference Manager and assistance with cabin selection, catering, meeting and function room hire (often complimentary), private dining, audiovisual and presentation technology, photography and entertainment.

A conference at sea is easier to plan and can be fit within a budget that is comparable to traditional land-based events, depending on your needs. Business doesn’t have to be boring and nor should your next conference.

TIP:  16 passengers or more is considered as a group by most cruise lines, so be sure to ask for group discounts when quoting.


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