In another episode of 60-Second Cruise Tips, Gary Bembridge, author of “The Cruise Traveler’s Handbook“, “Essential Cruise Tips” and “River Cruising Essential Tips and Tricks” shares another cruise tip. This time it is:
Avoiding Group Cruises
I have had travellers contact me saying they have been on a cruise and found that there has been a large group or themed event taking place that swamped the ship, affected their access to amenities and changed the atmosphere of the ship. Leading to a less enjoyable trip.
Cruise lines are not obliged, nor inclined, to let people know that a large group has taken out a booking on their ships. With themed cruises and interest groups arranging cruise-based events, there is a growing risk that you could be affected. So how can you check if a large motorbike enthusiast event or other activity is going to be taking place on your cruise?
There are three things you can do:
- Use the site http://themecruisefinder.com, as it has the largest database of forthcoming events, from small to large and is the best resource. Check on here for your planned cruise. To make it easy I suggest simply typing into Google “http://themecruisefinder.com and name of ship”. That should show up any pages covering the event.
- Search for the dates of the cruise and the cruise ship name in Google and see if that throws up anything other than the regular cruise.
- Ask your cruise agent and get them to check with their contacts.
With the rapid growth in themed cruise events I recommend checking always!