Large Cruise Lines Offer Value for Student Groups


For many teachers, the idea of giving their student group a trip on a cruise ship is both exciting and educational. While there are cruise lines that have capacities of 600 to 5,400, the larger cruise lines offer a seemingly endless list of amenities and value for student groups. And it’s these features that are luring more teachers and student groups to book larger cruise lines via student tour operators. According to a recent report released by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), “the number of travelers that have been opting for a cruise trip has grown at an average rate of 7.6 % annually over the past 10 years.” Student cruise trips have certainly played a role in this annual increase. More travelers don’t mean higher prices this year though, thanks to the launch of 15 new large ships in 2011. “More luxury ships, along with the state of the world economy, have driven down pricing to unprecedented levels,” according to Monty Mathisen of Cruise Industry News. Consequently, he suggests travelers be on the lookout for steep discounts, added value in the form of shore excursions, new water slides and amenities, plus more.

Selecting the right cruise line that fits your group’s interests and budget has never been easier. Typically, student groups travel on three major cruise lines including Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines has built a reputation as the “Fun Cruise” by catering to younger people. The cruise line offers plenty of cruises in the spring, which makes them an ideal option for student groups. They offer exotic Ports of Call including the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico and Alaska. Their ships include exciting activities such as pools, waterslides, 9-hole golf courses, live entertainment, health clubs, teen clubs and more. The food is delicious and students can shop duty-free. Excursions include educational tours in each Port of Call.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

For student groups, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines predominantly travel to the Bahamas, Mexico and many countries in the Caribbean. They have some of the most interesting shore and land excursions such as beach and water activities, snorkeling, kayaking, excursions including glass bottom boats and more. Onboard, fun activities include rock climbing, pools, waterslides and golf. Royal Caribbean recently launched the two largest ships ever built, Oasis and Allure of the Seas, each having a capacity of 5,400 passengers and each offering tours for student groups.

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Lines has some of the best accommodations for student groups as well as great destinations including Alaska, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida and more. Norwegian has 12 different ships, each one as good as the next. There are plenty of onboard activities including bowling, Nintendo, rock climbing, swimming and more. Meals include fine and casual dining, late night buffets, and pizzerias. Shore excursions are both educational and fun.

Overall, the time has never been better to book a cruise for your student group, especially on one of the larger ships whose amenities and value cater to student groups. Student cruises are a great way to give your group an unforgettable and worldly experience. With such a diverse choice of exotic destinations, on-board activities, educational excursions, live entertainment, superb dining and more, the fun never ends! With student cruise durations lasting from just three days up to fourteen, there are many options from which to choose that will fit your budgetary needs as well.

For over 19 years, Kaleidoscope Adventures has organized student group cruises for thousands of schools. We are experts in booking student cruises for band, choral and orchestra ensembles, history and science groups, class trips, sports tours, and more. We offer the best ports of embarkation around the country including Port Canaveral, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Mobile, Galveston, Long Beach and New Orleans. Your cruise will take you to exotic Ports of Call including:

•Coco Cay
•Key West
•Playa del Carmen
•Grand Cayman
•Ocho Rios
•San Diego

Your cruise adventure offers superb dining, excellent service, fantastic entertainment, exciting and educational shore excursions, and lots of shipboard activities. We plan everything from A to Z, thus giving you peace-of-mind. Why not give your student group an unforgettable experience enjoying the sun and fun onboard a beautiful cruise ship? Put your trust in us to meet all of your student travel needs. Let us bring your classroom to life and create lasting memories for your student cruise trip.

New York City Student Group Travel Super Hero Edition

New York City Student Trips

There is always change in New York City! From the explosion and implosion of towering skyscrapers, to the opening and closing of restaurants throughout Manhattan, and the curtain rising and lowering on the latest Broadway hit. There is a lot that stays the same in the city that never sleeps, but there is even more that you can look forward to as you plan your next trip. Student group travel to New York City is always exciting, and Kaleidoscope Adventures does our best to keep you alert of the latest and greatest changes in the industry.

Planet Hollywood in the heart of Times Square, one of the last remaining restaurants in this franchise, has closed its doors. This summer they will be making way for a newly designed Buca di Beppo, family style Italian restaurant. The menu is affordable and the food is plentiful!

Broadway has seen the recent closing of several shows including “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”, “Godspell”, “Anything Goes” and “Priscilla Queen of the Dessert”. But it will soon make way for new shows including “Annie”, “Matilda” and “Chaplin the Musical”. The hot tickets, thanks to the recent Tony Awards, include “Newsies”, “Once”, and “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess”. And, our favorite superhero on Broadway at “Spider-man: Turn off the Dark” recently celebrated a one year anniversary.

Speaking of Super Heroes, Madame Tussauds New York recently introduced the Marvel Superheroes 4D Interactive exhibit. Just in time for the release of the Summer Blockbuster, The Avengers, this is an amazing way to see your favorite Marvel Superhero up close.  Madame Tussauds New York has also added everyone’s favorite Royals, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to their collection.

Bike and Roll offers one of the greatest ways to visit Central Park. Take your group on a narrated tour of one of the most famous parks in the world as you ride your bike through more than 843 acres of this public park at the center of Manhattan. You can even enjoy a picnic lunch on the Great Lawn as you take in the sights and sounds all around.

Has your student group visited the NEW 9/11 Memorial yet? The scenery is always changing as the towers continue to rise. The museum is still under construction, but is scheduled to open in 2013. The mood is somber, yet celebratory. Plan ahead, though, as visitor passes go quickly. One great way of seeing the 9/11 Memorial as well as the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan is to take a New York Water Taxi cruise from Pier 84 on 44th Street to Battery Park and back. The NYWT will assist your group with tickets to the Memorial, while also providing transportation to and from, thus avoiding the congestion that is commonly found in this area.

And, we are proud to announce the arrival of the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. After traveling first class from the Kennedy Space Center, the Space Shuttle Enterprise was escorted by barge up the Hudson River. The Space Shuttle was lifted by crane onto the flight deck of the Intrepid where it will be on display until a more permanent home is built.

There is one thing that is constant in New York City and that is change! Embrace it and look forward to it as you plan your next student trip through Kaleidoscope Adventures!

Student Group Travel Tours to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC

Washington DC Student Trips

The pomp and ceremony of the Presidential Inauguration is one that celebrates the strength of our democracy and this year’s inauguration will be no different. Now that the Republican field has been narrowed down to one candidate, the race for the presidency, and all of the political posturing associated with it, has begun. Yet, no matter what side of the aisle you may lean to, traveling to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration will be one that teachers may want to consider. This once-in-a-lifetime event will give your students a first-hand look at how our political process shapes this country and the opportunity to witness history in the making.

This year’s event will take place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013. This is the second time this federal holiday has coincided with the Presidential Inauguration. Our nation’s capital is already planning for the inauguration, speech and parade. The sooner teachers commit to taking their students on this trip, the better because hotels and restaurants are already being heavily booked.

In advance of the inauguration, teachers can prepare their lessons on the primaries, caucuses and political conventions; the important role each state plays in selecting the next commander-in-chief; and the history of the inauguration, which occurs once every four years. Teachers can also prepare their students for what they will encounter on the trip itself. Imagine your student group observing one of the most important events in world history, watching government in action and mingling with the public. Students will gain valuable insight by seeing how the political process works and the power associated with it firsthand resulting in an educational experience like no other. As part of the inauguration, festivities your group will attend include:

Presidential Inauguration Swearing-In Ceremony

On January 21, 2013, the President of the United States will take his official oath in assuming the highest office in the United States. This event takes place on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building. Your student group will join thousands of others on the grounds of the mall to commemorate this historic occasion.

Presidential Inauguration Address

Immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, the President of the United States will make his acceptance speech. Your group will learn about the President’s four-year vision for our country, his domestic and foreign policies, and how he will meet potential challenges. The speech typically lasts from 15 to 30 minutes.

Presidential Inaugural Parade

After the Presidential acceptance speech has concluded, your group will head to Pennsylvania Avenue to view the Presidential Inaugural Parade, which has been a part of Washington DC history since 1805. At this parade, the armed forces assemble and march to honor the Commander-in-Chief. Student groups will see every branch of the armed services wearing their best dress uniforms. Parade participants include marching bands, color guards, musical salutes and more.

student class tours washington dcIf you and your group want to take learning about the political process up a notch in the following days after the inauguration, then your group can experience guided tours of the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court (when not in session) and the Library of Congress. Your group can also watch the House of Representatives or Senate in session, or observe money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
student group travel washington dcWhat would a tour be without visiting Washington DC’s historical monuments, memorials and museums? The amount of educational exploration your students can experience can last for days. With nineteen Smithsonian Museums, student groups will be intrigued by the numerous exhibits each museum has to offer. All museums are free and open to the public daily. Located west of the museums are the monuments including the Washington Monument, Lincoln, Jefferson and FDR Memorials, as well as memorials honoring veterans of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Just north of the Washington Monument lies the White House, residence of the President of the United States. In addition, a tour of Arlington Cemetery, where visitors pay homage to the Tomb of the Unknown, the Kennedy gravesites and the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial, is definitely worth your time.

Just outside of the National Mall’s aegis lie many other group-friendly museums, attractions and tours that will surely intrigue student classes including:

  • Mt. Vernon (George and Martha Washington’s home)
  • Historical Walking Tour of Alexandria, Virginia
  • Ford’s Theater and Peterson House
  • United States Holocaust Museum
  • Newseum
  • International Spy Museum
  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment
  • Washington National Cathedral

Overall, the Presidential Inauguration only occurs once every four years. A trip to witness this historical event is a great opportunity for student groups to see democracy in action and observe history in the making. In addition, Washington DC’s historical monuments, memorials and museums commemorate important chapters in American history. Having your student group experience the historical aspects of Washington DC as well as the political process will give your student group an opportunity of a lifetime. At Kaleidoscope Adventures, we call this experiential learning.

For over 18 years, Kaleidoscope Adventures has organized student group class trips to Washington DC for thousands of schools. We are experts in booking student tours and specialize in planning complete travel services for any student group. We plan everything from A to Z, thus giving you peace-of-mind. We even give you a tour director who helps you every step of the way during your trip.

Put your trust in us to meet all of your student travel needs. Why not give your group an exciting class trip to Washington DC to witness the next Presidential Inauguration? Let us bring your classroom to life and create lasting memories for your student trip.