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How To Cruise For Free

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 25, 2013 9:31:00 AM / by Sally Black

Sally Black

How to cruise for freeI'm not talking about those tempting telemarketing calls or mailbox timeshare scams. I'm talking about a real deal, legit, free cruise on pretty much any ship you want to sail on. It's true and possible so you're invited to follow along here...

The magic number is 16.  If you can get 16 adults who would like to take a cruise, then you get to sail for free.  That's right! For every 8 double cabins or 16 sailing adults then the 17th person sails for free. That means you!

The other good news is that this freebie can quickly multiple. For every 32 people or 16 cabins then 2 people get to sail for free...and so on, and so on. Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska, Europe...the choice of destination is totally up to you.

It's called being a group leader and this is how you get to sail for free. As a group leader, it's your job to gather folks together and talk up the idea of sailing together. The good news is that we can help you through every step of the process...deciding on the perfect cruise, flyers and promotional materials, answering your guest's questions, making travel reservations and making sure you look like a hero.

So how do you find 16 people to take a cruise with you? Friends, relatives, colleagues, college alumni, fellow soccer moms, book club people, fellow hobbyists and everyone you know on facebook. You'd be surprised, often all it takes is someone to get the idea started. Many people are so busy with day to day life they fail to take the time to plan a decent vacation.

If you want to quickly bump up your numbers, tell everyone that you invite to feel free to invite others. Just because everyone is saling as a group, it doesn't mean that everyone will be joined at the hip - unless you want to be. Cruises have a tendency to bring strangers together and if there is someone that gets on your nerves, there is plenty of ways to avoid them if need be.

Besides free cruise fares, many cruise lines offer additional points or perks when you book a group.  This could mean anything from a welcome plate of chocolate covered strawberries to cabin upgrades to even more free cabins. Perks usually increase with off season sailings.

One thing you do need to keep in mind is that the government never gives you a free ride.  The cruise line may give you an honest free cruise fare but you will still need to pay government taxes and port charges. This amount depends on the number of ports and specific places you visit.  You will also be responsible for tips to cruise ship staff which is usually around $12 per person per day.

So if you'd like to get a cruise group together, contact us and we'll walk you thru the entire process. It's fun, it's easy...and free. Finally a deal that's not too good to be true!

Topics: Family Cruises

Sally Black

Written by Sally Black

Sally is the Founder of Vacationkids.com Travel Agency and author of the book "Fearless Family Vacations". She is also the Director of Travel Agent Initiatives and Training at The Family Travel Association.

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