Conquest Dec 9th.Following a wedding in port in Galveston there will be 23 on cruise consisting of family and friends.We want everyone to be able to do things they want to do but would like some tips on getting together and sharing memories,making sure no one gets left out of things, etc etc. This is the first cruise for all but 1 couple so we're all new to what to do.
One of the great things about a cruise is that everyone can do their own thing. Then you can all get meet in a designated lounge before dinner. Your group should all be seated in the same area for dinner. (Assuming whomever put your group together arranged it that way). It would be nice for you to get a group photo of everyone somewhere on the ship or in one of the ports with the ship in the background.
If you booked through a travel agent talk with them for your options. I know from past experience cruising with Carnival that groups can get together. If you did this booking on your own you can call Carnival and talk with them about your options. If you all want to dine at the same time you might also want to talk to them about that to make sure they have cross referenced all the bookings. Have a good time and enjoy your cruise.
On my last cruise, we had a much smaller group, but had the same worries. You usually receive the Carnival Caper (w/ has the schedule of events for the following day) around dinner time. We would take that with us to dinner, or breakfast the next morning, and let everyone decide what they want to do. That way, you can make a loose schedule of who wants to do what, and who they are going to do it with. Hopefully there will be a few events that will interest everyone, and will allow the entire group to meet up. And, like someone already said, you can always just plan to meet up at dinner time.
We will be a group of 20 on Nov 4. From 5-59. This will the 2nd group cruise but the first was for 13. We let the daytime be pretty open but everyone must meet for dinner and then we usually spend the rest of the evening in the lounges, casinos and showroom. The younger ones (20s) usually like to sleep in so we have a meeting place at a certain time for those who want to. Usually half will meet for breakfast at 9am. After breakfast some head for the pools while others may find a quiet place to read, play cards or just visit. Pack about 4 decks of cards. It is a nice way to spend an afternoon with family. By lunch time most are up and around so we head off for lunch though some we will not see till dinner.
Family photos are a must! Take lots of photos. No cost except for the ones you buy.
As for excursions I have booked one for each cruise. This time everyone will do their own thing in Nassau but in St Thomas I booked a tour, shopping and beach trip and got a great price of $20.00pp and kids free for 6 hrs total. This will be a tour for just us and not other travelers. In San Maarten I have made arrangements for a tour but everyone can book or book on their own.
I also made arrangements for 10 people to be picked up by shuttle in Miami and taken to FL Lauderdale Airport. Total cost $135.00 The other 10 are going out of Miami or driving.
For the next family cruise I will pass the duty on to someone else. Have a great time from the 20 of us!
We had a group of 33 last summer aboard the Inspiration to Cozumel for a family reunion - so fun! Carnival arranged for us to have a private party in the disco for a couple hours, complete with music and drink - that was very cool. Make sure to get your whole family to the Newlywed/Not-so-Newlywed game - it'll be a riot! And I'd bet your newlyweds will get to play!
The great thing about a big group onboard is that you run into your friends/family all the time without smothering each other. You'll love it!