New Family Spring Break Deals announced on 1/14/11.
When planning a Spring Break Cruise, there are two completely different scenarios that people envision. For those of us with kids, we picture our kids splashing in the pool, enjoying the water slides, entertainment suitable for all ages, and getting some rest and relaxation while our kids are participating in the kids programs. College Students have a slightly…ok, a drastically different vision when they are planning their ultimate Spring Break Party Cruise. So whether you are a mother of two or a Georgia Tech Freshman this 2011 Spring Break Guide will help you plan the cruise of your dreams. My advice to all is that if you are looking to book a Spring Break Cruise, the earlier you book it the less you will pay.
College Spring Breakers and families do not tend to mix well. Fortunately, college spring break and elementary – High School spring break dates typically do not coincide. The two busiest weeks for colleges are the week of March 7th, 2011 and March 14th, 2011 with about 4 million college students out on spring break. Here is a list of spring break dates for all colleges and universities.
College Spring Breakers, So Where will the Party Be at?
The two most popular cruiselines with college students are Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line due to pricing and favorable age requirements. Both Royal and NCL require that one person in each cabin be over the age of 21. So for Fraternities and Sororities, it is easy to take a large group and match underclassmen up with Juniors and Seniors for cabin assignment. On Carnival Cruise Line, in order for someone under 21 to cruise they need a roommate over 25 years old.
Due to their affordability, you’ll find the 3 – 5 night itineraries in March loaded with college students.
Editors College Spring Break Pick:
Carolina Nightlife is hosting their yearly Spring Break Party Cruise, so I know for a fact that the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas 4nt. Bahamas Cruise departing on March 7th will be loaded with students from the best party schools in the southeast like College of Charleston, East Carolina, Appalachian St., and University of South Carolina.
Check out all the best College Spring Break Cruise Deals.
Family Spring Break Cruises
My number one recommendation for families is to avoid 3 – 4 night cruises in March. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line are likely to have more college students, but Carnival will have some as well. If you are cruising in March with your family, I would try to book 7 night voyages. It appears that most public schools have their Spring Break in April, so you will not have near as many college students out on break when your kids are out.
Editors top pick for Family Spring Break:
Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, or the NCL Epic. All three ships are loaded with entertainment and fun for the whole family. For added fun Royal Caribbean has added Dreamworks characters and Norwegian has Nickelodeon characters onboard. These are 3 of the newest, most innovative ships at sea so pricing is going to be slightly higher than the other 7 night Caribbean cruises. Many will find that the pricing for inside cabins are still affordable. And thanks to wide range of suite, lofts, and villas these ships are also excellent for families who are used to more luxurious travel.
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