Planning a cruise for a student group is very different from a regular cruise trip. For starters, planning a student group cruise must start at a minimum six (6) months prior to travel not to mention that payments are paid out more than 90 days out and are mostly nonrefundable. With that said, we encourage you to start planning early! Planning early means access to availability on popular ships during peak travel time and lower rates. The longer you wait, the lower your chances of getting exactly what you want, not to mention being able to accommodate everyone in your group.
Unlike your typical student trip, student group cruising offers an all-inclusive travel experience. At the same time, choosing a cruise can be an overwhelming decision; the options are endless! Be aware that everyone will have an opinion of which cruise line to choose from but remember this is a cruise trip for your students, not the parents or family members. So, we encourage our groups to stay with Carnival or Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as these are the best student group options. Both cruise lines are much more receptive to student groups than any other out there.
So where do you want to go? Well, for starters let’s figure out your budget. Budget will determine your departure port and cruise length. Remember in addition to your cruise cost you need to determine transportation costs. How are you going to get there? Busing or flying? One way to stretch your budget is to book your student trip during off peak travel times. That 5 night cruise may be affordable during off peak dates, but may not be an option during peak travel times.
Finally, don’t forget that student group cruises offer great performance venues. Bands, choirs, orchestras, and dance groups can participate in a music or dance festival at sea. Some ports of calls even offer a performance venue opportunity. Cruising is for all types of student groups! From performance group travel, Senior Class trips and yes even educational groups.
Planning a student cruise is a BIG JOB, but it doesn’t have to be. UR Tours & Events can help you determine transportation options, check cruise dates and rates and take care of the “little things” so you don’t have to. Group cruising offers an incredible experience for your students and the work that goes into the planning is totally worth it.
So let’s get cruising!