How To Find Family Reunion Cruises

Family riding a cruise ship

Family reunion cruises have become a popular way for families to reconnect and enjoy an exciting vacation together.  Cruises offer a variety of fun things to do, great places to see, and the opportunity for all family members to relax and enjoy catching up with one another.  One of the best features of a family reunion cruise is that no one has to worry about the menu or activities for the kids.  When you book a cruise, all of that is taken care of for you.

  1. Your first step is to figure out a channel of communication that will work best for your family while planning the cruise.  It's important that you can communicate quickly, effectively and as often as needed.  Email is a great way to communicate.  You might also want to set up a private message board on the Internet, and direct your family there for communication.  Have phone numbers of relatives who are not online listed together so you can get their input as well.
  2. Before you start searching for the best cruise for your family reunion, decide how many people are going.  You need to ask for input on when people might be able to go, and then pick a date.  Start this step of the planning process early, allowing everyone to make arrangements to take vacation time from work.
  3. Once you have a date, get a head count.  When pricing a cruise, the number of people expected to go will have an affect on the price.  When you have a pretty good idea of how many people will be attending, you are better prepared to find the best deal.
  4. Choose your desired destination, and also have an alternative in mind.  Some cruise packages fill up quickly around heavily traveled dates.  If your first choice isn't available, you'll have your alternative already chosen.  Ask everyone for suggestions, and go with the most desired destination or route.  The chances of everyone agreeing on one destination are low, so you will have to go by majority vote.
  5. Remember your budget.  Cruises come in all shapes and sizes, and that includes pricing.  Rooms range from extravagant to simple, yet charming.  Know everyone's approximate budget before you start looking for your cruise.
  6. Once you have a decent idea of how many are going, and what the budget looks like, you can start looking for your cruise package.  It's important to do this well in advance so you can get the best price.  Do an online search for family reunion cruises and see what prices you come up with from as many different sources as possible.
  7. Many online travel sites that are known for airfare and hotel reservations now also have cruise packages available.  Expedia, Orbitz, and Cheap Tickets all have cruise packages searchable by destination, date and preferred cruise line.  Search through each site for the best deal.
  8. Call a travel agent.  With so many online sources for trips, hotels, airfare and cruises, many people forget about travel agents.  You may be surprised about how efficient and helpful they can be.  Good travel agents will do everything they can to find you the very best price.  They take a lot of the work off of your shoulders, and can be helpful if something goes wrong and you need assistance.
  9. It never hurts to call cruise lines directly to ask if they have any specials or deals.  A reservations agent can help narrow down good deals, and will be particularly helpful in last minute changes or problems.  Sometimes you will find the very best deal by calling the cruise line directly.
  10. Keep your family updated on the prices you have found, and ask them for input.  Remember that a price that may seem reasonable to you may be too much for other members of your family.
  11. Once you have chosen your cruise, gotten a price, and paid your deposit (if necessary), keep family updated on any and all details they need to know.  Advise everyone about passports, shots, or medical records they may need to have with them for the cruise.  Also, at least a month in advance, come up with an itinerary for the event, and get copies out to family members.

 

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