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:
•Playa del Carmen
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.