There’s an easy way to be assured of a higher level of fun and camaraderie on your next cruise – make a reservation for a hosted cruise.
Hosted cruise programs include you in a small group of passengers who benefit from the guidance of a friendly, knowledgeable cruise host. The host will sail right along with you and make sure you have all the information and assistance you need for an elevated cruise experience.
There are a few reasons why cruise hosts are a great resource. First, they simply love cruising, and they know how to help others get the most enjoyment from a cruise. Your host will know the ship and can help you with anything from finding the spa, to tipping the crew, to arranging a one-of-a-kind shore excursion.
Your host will also be familiar with the cruise itinerary and all you can do and see onshore. Based on your interests, your host can provide recommendations for how to spend your time in each port.
Being part of a hosted group means you’ll have ready-made acquaintances on board who are also ready to enjoy a great cruise experience. If you’re cruising on your own, joining a hosted group means you won’t feel alone on ship or shore.
Most hosted cruise experiences include a private reception on the first day. It’s a fun way to meet your host and the rest of the group; some of the ship’s officers may be there, too. Over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, you’ll learn about the ports of call, the amenities of the ship, and other activities planned just for your group.
Some hosted cruise programs, such as the Distinctive Voyages program from Travel Leaders, offer exclusive amenities that aren’t available to other passengers – for example, an exclusive shore excursion designed to immerse you in the local culture. Just imagine heading out with your hosted group for wine-tasting in a South African vineyard; spotting bears and other wildlife around Alaska’s historic Taku Harbor; or snorkeling among the colorful fish and coral of Bora Bora’s blue lagoon. Your group might also receive special perks like onboard credits, a private ship’s tour, or flowers and chocolates in your stateroom.
Hosted cruises are available for a wide variety of ships and itineraries, including both ocean cruises and river cruises. For more information about hosted cruises and how you can enjoy one, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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