Bringing the family together for a successful seagoing vacation has never been so easy, thanks to the many conveniences and amenities aboard a new generation of cruise ships. These "floating resorts" are the perfect venue for your next family reunion, and they offer an unbeatable value as well: Your lodging, all your meals and snacks, entertainment and many shipboard activities are covered in your fare. Along the way, you'll stop at an array of intriguing ports.
Cruises cater to travelers of every age, with pizza parties, playrooms and supervised children's programs for the kids, and spas, live entertainment, casinos and fine dining for the adults. There are plenty of activities that can be enjoyed by all -- a morning by the pool, an afternoon movie or a game of shipboard miniature golf, for example. In port, the fun moves from ship to shore as family members are kept busy with snorkeling trips, historical tours, long strolls on the beach and much more.
Booking a family reunion cruise has advantages: Most cruise lines offer one free fare to groups that book at least eight cabins, based on double occupancy -- the savings can be passed to the 16th passenger, who would sail for free, or spread among the entire group, reducing the fare for every family member. Luxury six-star lines may offer similar savings for groups with as few as five cabins.
Cruise groups often qualify for special perks and freebies. These can include a cocktail party, bon voyage gifts of complimentary champagne or chocolates, or shipboard credit that can be used in the vessel's shops and bars or for shore excursions. Families can also reserve onboard space for private gatherings.
Family reunion cruises call for careful planning. We advise that you book early, at least nine months to a year before your desired departure date, so that you'll get the best available cabins and rates for everyone in your family. This is especially true of cruising destinations with a shorter sailing season and fewer departures -- Alaska, the Mediterranean or the eastern coast of the United States, for example.
This site has all the information you need to plan the perfect family reunion cruise. Click Show Me the Deals to create a complete list of options for your family reunion cruise. If you find a cruise that works for you, call our Group Department at 800-514-9986 for a quote or reservation. The Vacations To Go Group Department is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 7pm, CST