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Time to share another cruise tip I’ve come across:

Topic Statement: Nearly every cruise line will toss in one free cabin if you travel in a group of 15 or more.

My Viewpoint: This statement isn’t entirely correct.  The correct statement is:  Most cruise lines will offer one (1) free bed (known in maritime lingo as a berth) per every 16 sailed passengers.  When organizing a group cruise, always consult your travel agent about the specifics of any “free berth” and related promotional offers.  Every cruise line has its own rules and restrictions, and depending on your group’s particular situation, the various promotional offers seen in mass media may or may not be applicable.

Specifically regarding the possibility of “free berths,” the word “free” most often only applies to the base cruise fare, excluding any port charges, government fees, and taxes.  Additionally, most cruise lines count only the first and second passengers in a stateroom toward that “magic number” 16 (or whatever it happens to be).  They do this because if you have more than two passengers occupying a particular stateroom, the fares for the third and additional passengers is greatly discounted.

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In many ways, booking a stateroom onboard a cruise ship sailing is much like booking airline seats.  The pricing can change literally by the minute, due to changes in availability.  Simply stated, the principles of supply and demand are constantly at work.

Sidebar: I’m sure many of you remember taking Economics at some point, so if this post conjures up images of a teacher drawing grids on the board while trying to drill the concept of supply and demand into your head, my apologies!!

Availability is often the biggest factor that affects the price you pay, whether it’s a cruise, airline seat, or any other form of travel.  To help cruisers out in this regard, at Celebrations International Travel, we’ve reserved space on a wide variety of sailings in different regions.  This way, when you call us with cruise requests, more likely than not, our agency can book you into a stateroom in our reserved inventory.

The advantages to booking your cruise this way are:

1) The cruise fares and stateroom types we have reserved are protected for the time that we can offer them. This means not having to take your chances on the type and/or location of your stateroom.  We’ve reserved some great ones, or we can help you choose if you’d prefer something different.

Because we secure our group space far in advance, you’re guaranteed a great deal!  As other cruisers surf the Web and watch cruise fares hike because availability has become limited, you’ll have none of those worries when booking with Celebrations!

2) Value & Savings: By reserving blocks of space on so many sailing dates and itineraries, we are able to offer couples, families, and any cruisers the same savings enjoyed by large groups of cruisers.  On particular sailings, our clients may also be offered additional complimentary add-ons or special amenities.

3) We’ll Accommodate You: Whether your cruise is a getaway for the two of you, a full-scale family reunion, or a company-wide event, if you’re booking into any of our reserved space on sailing, we will work with the cruise line to adjust our inventory so that everyone traveling with you can be accommodated at the best possible pricing.  Need different stateroom types or space for a private party or meeting?  We can take care of that too!

Contact us for a great deal on your next cruise vacation!

All the cruises on which we have reserved space will be posted on the Celebrations Web site soon.

Watch for more updates on the blog!


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