Student Group Cruises: Tips On How To Plan Your Cruise
Planning a student group cruise can be a daunting task. The team at Kaleidoscope Adventures can customize an unforgettable student cruise package that will have lasting memories for you and your group. Whether you have taken a student cruise or not, the following advice will keep all of your students and chaperones happy. Tips for a successful student group cruise include the following:
Call a meeting of your boosters or parent organization at least a year in advance. By planning early, you will get the lowest prices, best rooms and the best cruise ships. The longer you wait, the higher the cost of the trip and the best rooms will be booked. We can’t stress enough how important it is to plan ahead.
Choose your Ports of Call and Departure Destination
Choose your Ports of Call (destinations) before you choose a ship. Do you want your group to travel to exotic Ports of Call in the Caribbean or Hawaii, or do you want to travel to the pristine wilderness of Alaska? Once you have decided on your Ports of Call, make sure you agree on a departure city as well. Many Ports of Call are visited by cruise ships that leave from different departure/embarkation cities. For example, if you want to travel to the Bahamas, you have a choice of departure cities including Jacksonville, Port Canaveral, Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. Have your tour operator check airfare or motor coach fare to each destination to see what works best for you and your student group.
Choose Your Dates to Travel
Every destination has a peak season. We recommend to book in the off-peak season or at the beginning or end of the peak season. Why? Because at the height of the peak season, ships as well as destinations, are extremely crowded. Plus your group cruise rates will be much lower than during peak seasons. Also, if you are a Performing Group (i.e.: band, chorus, orchestra, dance ensemble, etc.), you can participate in a music or dance festival at sea. Plus, you can oftentimes perform at various venues at your Ports of Call as well. If you are an Educational Group seeking a historical or scientific learning experience, there are many Ports of Call that can accommodate your educational curriculum. Lastly, there are cruises that cater to Senior Class Trips which provide fun and lasting memories for high school seniors.
Time to Book Your Cruise
After you have planned everything listed above with your boosters/parent organization and tour operator and you have arrived at an affordable price, it will be time to book your trip. Your tour operator can book everything for your student group cruise including airfare or motor coach fare, any hotel stays, the cruise itself, performance/festival venues, on-shore excursions, Broadway shows, your group daily activities, group dinners and more. After everything is booked, it will be up to you and your student group to raise the needed funds to pay for the trip. Once this is accomplished, you will be ready to travel. Happy Cruising!
About Kaleidoscope Adventures
For over 18 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 and lots of shipboard activities. We plan everything from A to Z, thus giving you peace-of-mind. We even have a dedicated fundraising company (Kaleidoscope Fundraising) that can help you raise the needed funds for your cruise. Our simple fundraisers afford you the opportunity to make as much as 90% profit with little overhead.
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 trip.