Cruise 2017 Feedback
Daniel and I are currently reviewing cruises for 2017. Due to our group needing conference space on board the cruise ship, we need to plan for our cruises a year and half out from the sailing days.
For 2017, we are considering to switch it up a bit. By the time 2017 rolls around, we will have completed 7 Crochet Cruises in the Caribbean and 1 Alaskan Cruise. We are considering other locations in North America for departing and touring.
While we understand that cruising isn’t an option that everyone can handle or financially afford, land based retreats can be up to the same financial commitment to attend. We prefer cruising as the whole family can attend and enjoy a holiday while the crocheter is occasionally attending our workshops. It’s a double opportunity for a retreat and family vacation at the same time.
With cruising, your cabins, meal service and on-board entertainment is all worked into your cruise ticket price. We give tier pricing from the absolute bottom of the ship to the suites as a choice. No matter which cabin you choose, you will still eat the same food and enjoy the same on-board entertainment. This way, you can travel based on your budget and choose what is right for you.
We are not affiliated or connected to any cruise line. This means we can shop it around for locations and price points.
If you don’t know anything about our cruises, you can find out more on our dedicated website, Crochet Cruises.
What We Consider for Cruising:
1 Extended Cruise or 2 – 1 Week Cruises
- We look at the destinations and length of cruises.
- We cross compare the cruise lines with each other and determine which is the best bang for the cruise tickets. Cheaper isn’t always better but we factor in the ship’s amenities, age of ship, cruise line reputation and conference space availability. The conference spacing is the hardest to get and is sometimes the final determining factor.
- We factor in the demographics of our group in what they need to be happy on board the ship.
- We factor in the city in where we are leaving. Are the prices of the airlines and hotels reasonable to factor in the expenses of a cruiser’s expense.
- We factor in the time of year to stay out of peak season to cruise when the rates are cheaper.
For 2017, we are most likely reducing our group size down to match the conference spaces on board the ship. Most of the mega ships are having issues with group sizes being too large. They don’t have the facilities to support a huge group. By reducing our group size down, we can have more options to choose.
We have our own ideas. We would love to hear from you in the comments below. So please answer the following questions:
- Where would you like to cruise in North America… Starting point and potential destinations?
- What is important to you during the cruise such as ship amenities?
- What is your ideal time of year to go?
- Do you prefer a certain cruise line?
- Do you have a bucket list destination that you have always wanted to go?
- Maybe a 14 day cruise to Hawaii. With plenty of sea days and 5 days exploring Hawaii before returning home.
- Potentially Southern Caribbean. We’ve done east and west several times… we are thinking of going farther south.
- Potentially a New England Cruise in time for the fall for the changing of the leaves.
Nothing is written in stone but we are open minded to consider your ideas too. We must leave from a North American, land port as our supplies need to be shipped to the ship ahead of time.
Please leave your thoughts in this blog for me to review. Your answers are important to us as we are now shopping around to determine 2017. Though you may answer me on Facebook, I’m asking you please leave your thoughts on this blog for me to review.