Take a free cruise and earn some extra money too!
You don’t have to be a registered travel agent!
Cruising is very popular and it’s cheaper than a land-based vacation because your customers pay one all-inclusive price for transportation, meals, room, and entertainment. And, there are perks for the group leader, as well as free fare to the individual who organizes a large party of travelers.
Here is all you have to do
To qualify for one complimentary cruise fare, a group typically must fill at least eight cabins, based on double occupancy. The 16th passenger (usually the group leader) will cruise for free, although this person is still responsible for paying his or her port fees and taxes. The passenger receiving the “freebie” also has the option of spreading the discount among group members, lowering the cruise fare for everyone.
- Fill 8 cabins
- You travel free except for port fees and taxes (which you can collect from the people booking the other 7 cabins as your commission or more.)
- This deal is based on the number of cabins you book not the number of passengers
- Some luxury cruise lines offer this deal with as few as 3 cabins
- Cruise lines often bestow extra perks, called amenity points, on groups that book together such as a hosted cocktail party, complimentary bottles of wine, bon voyage gifts of champagne and chocolates, or photo coupons.
- Onboard credit is the most sought-after group reward, as passengers can choose to use the credit as they wish — in the gift shop, the bar or toward shore excursions.
CRUISE SHIP ACTIVITIES
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- Basketball courts
- Bars (juices, coffee, pastry free – extra for alcoholic and soda beverages)
- Billiard tables (today’s cruise ships are very stable)
- Card roads for bridge or canasta
- Casinos (costs extra to play)
- Computer lessons at no charge
- Cooking lessons
- Entertainment such as Broadway musicals, magicians – all free
- Gourmet restaurants (specialty restaurants cost extra)
- Kids area and activities
- Land tours (extra cost depending on the tour)
- Magic shows
- Meals 24 hours a day in multiple restaurants
- Meals in your room at no extra charge
- Shopping (pay for what you buy)
- Swimming pools
- Transportation to your destinations of course
- Variety of room options from interior cabins, ocean view, verandas, and luxury suites
- Video Arcades
About the only extras are your alcoholic and soda beverages, casino bets, land excursions, shopping, and tips.
HOW TO GET STARTED
- Read a good book to learn the tips and tricks.
- Connect with a travel agency that will work with you.
- Get a website to promote your credibility.
- Select your target group.
- Suggest cruises that they might like.
- Start now
Step 1. READ A GOOD BOOK
Here are some books to get you started.
Read more about How to Sell Cruises...“How to Sell Cruises Step-by-Step” is a beginner’s guide to selling cruises for travel agents. Whether you are a new or seasoned agent, this book gives you a checklist of everything you need to know when making cruise bookings. The book goes into detail about Mass Market, Premium and Luxury cruise lines, and discusses each element of a cruise booking, including reading deck plans, money matters and how cruises work. A bonus chapter teaches how to organize your office and gives samples of forms that are useful in keeping track of your bookings. A must read for any travel agent who sells cruises!Get the book How to Sell Cruises from Barnes & Noble in paperback.
Get the book How to Sell Cruises from Amazon in Kindle and paperback.
Step 2. CONNECT WITH A TRAVEL AGENCY
You can contact a local travel agency in your area and work out a deal.
Or work with a large firm such as Vacations To Go, a Houston-based travel agency specializing in cruise discounts. They offer a simplified the booking process for large groups. You get an assigned travel counselor and a customized Web site for each group. Participants can log in to view the ship details, cruise itinerary, cabin categories and available rates.
3. GET A WEBSITE
A website will lend credibility to your services. It’s not enough to just give someone a brochure and business card. They will check you out on the internet to see how professional you appear. There are free and hosted websites that are easy to setup without ANY programming knowledge. We suggest checking out our WEBSITE MADE EASY page.
4. SELECT YOUR TARGET GROUP
Cruise vacations are ideal for a variety of groups.
- Alumni clubs
- Church groups
- Family reunions (what better place to put everyone up)
- Friends (there are also cruises for special interest groups)
- Retirement community residents
- Social clubs such as Elks, Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary
- Sports teams
- Weddings (many cruise ships have the captain perform the ceremony)
Businesses: A group cruise is also an attractive option for businesses. Companies often reward top sellers and exceptional employees with cruise vacations or hold annual meetings, seminars and retreats at sea. Group cruising is a great way to give a bonus to employees, yet give the employer a really good value for their dollar.
Professional groups: Cruise ships now have seminar and meeting rooms with all the audio visual equipment. Organizations can reserve rooms equipped with a podium and microphone for their awards ceremonies or continuing-education seminars, all at no additional charge.
Sell this idea to companies in your area and organize it for them.
Step 5. SELECT A CRUISE DESTINATION FOR YOUR TARGET GROUP
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Africa Europe Alaska Galapagos Antarctica Greek Islands Arctic Hawaii Asia Mediterranean Australia Mexico Bahamas Middle East Baltic New Zealand Bermuda Pacific Northwest Black Sea Panama Canal British Isles Repositioning Canada/New England South America Canary Islands Tahiti Caribbean Transatlantic Central America World
There are also cruises for SPECIAL GROUPS
- Alumni Travel
- Grand Voyages
- Business Meetings
- Luxury Cruises
- Singles Cruises
- Special Needs
- Theme Cruises
- Wedding Cruises
- World Cruises
Step 6. START NOW
Cruise prices increase the closest they get to the sailing date and fill up quickly for popular destinations. So plan ahead.
Here are some more resources to get you started.
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