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Fall Is the Perfect Time for Caribbean Cruises

If you are like some people who wonder when they should cruise, you need to hear this: fall is the best time for Caribbean cruises.

If you are like many people who would love to experience one of the biggest passenger ships at sea, but you were turned off by the summer rates, here this: fall is the best time for Caribbean cruises.

If you are like some people who carefully watch how much money they spend on vacation, this is for you: fall is the best time for Caribbean cruises.

If you are like many people who have always wanted to experience a cruise ship vacation, but thought it was too expensive, here this: fall is the best time for Caribbean cruises.

What is so great about cruising to the Caribbean during the fall months?  Money.  You save on your vacation and can do more.

It is a fact that you will always pay less for an inclusive family cruise to the Caribbean from September through November (excluding Thanksgiving), than you would at any other time.  The truth is that most people take a vacation during the summer months.

Consequently, as demand for cruise ship cabins fall the prices fall.  It is simple economics.  

Another factor which contribute to lower cruise rates is the fact that the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs until November 30th.  Many people stay away from the Caribbean during this time of the year, but not everyone.

You should plan to be among the reduced number of people sailing on Caribbean cruises this year or next, because fall is the perfect time for Caribbean cruises.

With more money in your pocket, you can do more things with your cruise vacation. 

Let us help you plan your fall cruise getaway. Click now to visit us and send a cruise quote request.

Happy sailing!

Petes Travel Center

Home-Schoolers Cruise In The Fall

It is no secret that thousands more families than ever before are home-schooling their children.

Homes-schooling offers great flexibility with schedules and therefore I contend that home-schoolers should cruise in the fall.

If your children are home-schooled, do not spend more money than you need to in order to cruise during the summer. Simply wait until most children are back in school and then take your family's inclusive cruise vacation.

Why do I recommend this? It is quite simple:

1. There are fewer people and children cruising in the fall;
2. The prices on fall cruises are much better than on summer sailings; and,
3. You have a better chance of getting on the cruise ship and with the cruise line you desire.

Use your flexibility in scheduling as your biggest advantage and plan your next family getaway. 

Who knows?  You may make your home-schooler cruise in the fall an annual family vacation.

Happy sailing!

Petes Travel Center


Exciting Group Cruise Opportunities for 2016

Before you know it, the New Year will begin.  

What family vacation plans have you already made? If you said, "None", then I have some exciting group cruise opportunities for 2016 to share with you.

These cruises are with three different cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.  The cruises are during different months of 2016.  One cruise with Carnival is actually a "mission" sailing, giving you a great opportunity to help needy orphans in Cozumel, Mexico.  Also, the cruise with Royal Caribbean is aboard the biggest cruise ship at sea, Allure of the Seas.

Sounds like fun to me!

Click on the link for each cruise, check it out, discuss it with your family and return to the link to reserve your cabin.

Here are the cruises:

1. Cruise Pack Mission Cozumel - Please join us as we bring backpacks with supplies to an orphanage in Cozumel, February 15-20, 2016.  You may click here to view the information and reserve your cabin.  You have until December 10th to pay only $200 per person to hold a cabin. Final payments must be made by December 15th.

2. End of Winter Princess Cruise - Celebrate the end of winter and ring in spring aboard an exciting cruise ship to the Caribbean.  Plan to escape on the beautiful Emerald Princess.  This cruise sails from Ft. Lauderdale.  To see more information and reserve your cabin, click here.

3. Caribbean Cruise Springathon - How about springtime in the Caribbean?  Do so with friends and relatives for sheer fun.  Sail with Carnival Paradise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel at really great prices.  Click now to view the information and reserve your cabin.

4. Cruisers Only - This one is for cruisers only.  If that's you, plan to get away in the middle of spring to the Caribbean.  Set sail from Miami to the Turks & Caicos Islands aboard the highly popular Carnival Breeze.  Bring some girlfriends along for the ride.  Click here to see the information and reserve your cabin.  

5. Biggest Ship Getaway - The biggest cruise ship on the high seas is Royal Caribbean's, Allure of the Seas.  This ship offers just about everything.  Think Central Park, carousel, zipline, aqua-theater and so much more.  Now you can plan to sail away on this huge and fun ship in October 2016.  Grab some pals and go.  Click here to view the information and reserve your cabin now.

I hope that one of these exciting group cruise opportunities for 2016 works for you and your family.

Remember to go have fun!

Peter Grant
Petes Travel Center


Carnival Cruise Line’s Age Policy Easier for Cruising Minors

Carnival Cruise Line does not have the biggest cruise ships on the high seas, but its Fun Ships are packed with excitement and its prices are usually the best.

Now, Carnival goes a step further and makes changes to its age policy on cruising minors.  The following are some things to note.  For additional information, see your Travel Agent.

1.  Guests must be 21 to travel alone, with some exceptions.  These exceptions include married couples younger than 21 years old and military personnel.  See an agent for more info.

2.  Previously, guests under 21 had to travel with a relative or legal guardian 25 or older.  Now, guests not yet 21 can travel with a guardian who is not related.  At the time of booking, the cabins must be linked.  See your agent for more information.

3.  Previously, most minors under 21 had to room with parents, across the hall, or in a cabin next door.  Now, only minors 12 and under must be across the hall or next door.  Guests 18 – 20 may be anywhere on the ship, while 12 to 17 may be up to 3 cabins away.

It is encouraging that Carnival has added greater flexibility to how parents/guardians and their children may be situated on their ships.  Before you book, get all the facts on the age requirements.

One key thing to note for those minors traveling without a legal guardian or relative, the guardian on the ship is urged to travel with an originally signed letter from the parent/guardian giving the minor permission to travel.

Go have fun!

Peter Grant


All-Inclusive Caribbean Cruises from Florida

If you are looking for a Caribbean cruise from Florida, you are in lots of luck. 

Florida is the state for the origin of most Caribbean cruises.  

Unlike any other state in the Union, there are more all-inclusive Caribbean cruises from Florida all year-round, with all of the top cruise lines, and several cruise ports.

Florida offers five ports with cruises to the Caribbean: Jacksonville, Port Canaveral (near Orlando), Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale), Miami and Tampa Cruise Port.  From these five cruise ports, you can find long and short cruises – 3-days, 6-days, 14-days and longer.

Inclusive cruises from Florida will get you to the eastern, western and southern Caribbean.  You will also find many sailings to the Bahamas.  (There are also sailings to the Panama Canal and South America.)

Wondering which cruise lines sail from Florida?  All the big names do – Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, MSC, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

While all the big names in cruising sail from Florida, all of them do not sail from all the ports.  Currently, I believe that Carnival is the only cruise line sailing from all five Florida cruise ports.

How do you get to the ports?  You can choose to travel by train, bus, car – if not coming from far – or fly.  The cruise ports that are closest to their cities’ respective airports are Port Everglades and Miami.  Port Canaveral is the farthest from the main airport in Orlando, but you can fly into the Melbourne International Airport.

All the cruise ports have parking space, the most expensive of which will be at the Port of Miami.

Are you ready to enjoy an all-inclusive Caribbean cruise from Florida?  There is nothing to stop you.

Go have fun!

Peter Grant


Cost Of A 3-Day Cruise

If you have considered taking a cruise but have thought that the cost is too high, your best bet is to take a 3-day cruise.

Here is why I recommend a 3-day cruise for first-time cruisers:

1. The price is usually great; and,

2. You get an opportunity to test the waters – a manner of speaking – to see if cruising is for you.  Cruising is not for everyone, and a 3-day cruise gets you away from land long enough, but not too long.

So, what's the cost of a 3-day cruise?  The cost of your cruise will depend on a few things: when you cruise, which cruise line you sail with, and which ship.

If you book a 3-day cruise with Disney Cruise Line, you will pay a lot more than with Carnival Cruise Lines.  Depending on when you go, a 3-day Carnival cruise can cost you less than $300 per person.  If you have more than two people in the cabin, you will even pay less.

As usual, the best time to sail in during the fall or winter months.  You will always find 3-day cruises for less than $400 per person, if you sail during fall and winter, except near or around holidays.  

You may even get very lucky and find a deal for $200 per person.  Contact a Travel Agent and have him/her get you the best deal.

Note too that the bigger the cruise ship, the more the cruise package will cost.  Aim for smaller ships to begin your cruising adventure.

Go have fun!

Peter Grant


Nearest Airport to New York Cruise Terminal

The New York Cruise Terminal has become quite popular over the years.  It offers many inclusive cruises to families in the northeast, as well as to families who can fly into one of three area airports to board a cruise ship. 

Today, many popular cruise lines such as Carnival, Holland America, Crystal, Norwegian and Princess Cruises offer cruises from the Big Apple.

For people flying into New York to board a cruise ship, there are three airports from which to choose: John F. Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark International Airport.  The nearest airport to the New York Cruise Terminal is actually La Guardia.

Flying into La Guardia gives one the opportunity to catch a cab and be whisked to the cruise terminal in a shorter time frame than from the other two airports.  The terminal is located on 12th Avenue between 46th and 54th Streets.

If you have to fly into New York, choose any of the airports, but La Guardia is your best bet for getting to the New York Cruise Terminal the fastest.

Happy sailing!

Peter Grant

McDonough, GA


Sail for FREE With Carnival Cruise Lines

Have you thought of cruising?  

Do you think that you can get some friends or family members together for a cruise?

Great news!  Carnival Cruise Lines allows you to earn a free cruise, if you can get 16 people together for a group cruise.

How about a family reunion cruise?  How about your dance club, sports club, art club or church group?  How about a birthday celebration at sea?  If you can pull 16 or more people into 8 cabins, you will earn 1 FREE sailing for every 16 people who pay the full fare.

While the above information on group cruises is standard, there are times when Carnival sweetens the deal.  Now is one of those times.

Here are more details:

1. You must book your group cruise by June 30th.

2. You can only choose select sailings between January 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017.

3. For every 10 people in 5 cabins who pay the full fare, 1 person will go FREE – meaning that he/she will only pay the taxes and port charges.

4. You will not have to make any payments until 120 before a 2-5-day cruise, or 150 days before a 6-9-day cruise.

What should you do now?  Find some people who will sail with you, select a sail date and then check with your Travel Agent to pull this all together for you.  If you do not have an agent, I will be happy to help you.  

Email me at

I hope that you will plan your own Carnival group cruise, save some money, and go have lots of fun.

See you on the high seas!

Peter Grant
McDonough, GA


How Much Will Your Cruise Vacation Cost?

Whenever you mention cruising, one of the first things people want to know – and rightly so – is how much the cruise will cost.  Sadly, some people believe that a cruise vacation is so expensive that they will never be able to cruise.  That is so far from the truth!

You can sometimes find a cruise sailing for less than $200 per person.  Yes, that is so.  How cool is that?

Let me continue.  Your cruise cost depends on several things.  Below are some of those factors...

1. The time of year you choose to sail – Sailing during the summer will cost more than sailing during the fall.

2. The cruise line you sail with – Sailing with Royal Caribbean International will cost more than sailing with Carnival Cruise Line.

3. The number of people you add to one cabin – Fitting 4 people into one cabin will cost less than fitting 4 people into 2 cabins.

4. The size ship you sail with – Sailing on Oasis of the Seas will cost more than if you sail on Enchantment of the Seas.  A larger ship will cost you more than a smaller vessel.

5. The length of your cruise – Taking a 6-day cruise will cost more than 4-day cruise.

Do you get the picture?

If you really want to cruise, get with a travel expert and allow him or her to find you a cruise package that works for you and yours.

Do not stay away from booking a family cruise getaway, because you think it is too expensive.  You may be pleasantly surprised at how easily you can get your family aboard a fun cruise ship vacation.

Go have fun!

How about a 5-day cruise to Cozumel and Progreso for less than $400 per person?  Check out the details here: Cruise Pack Mission Cozumel.

Peter Grant
McDonough, GA


All-Inclusive Family Cruises

People who would love to take cruise ship vacation, often wonder if there are all-inclusive family cruises.  The biggest concern is whether all family members can cruise.

The big answer is, “Yes.”

Cruising is for people of all ages.  It is true that cruise lines have some restrictions on age, as well as on pregnant women, but other than that, anyone can cruise.

So, you can gather up your children and their grandparents and get them on an all-inclusive family cruise.

Is it really all-inclusive?  The general answer is “Yes.”  Quite often, when you choose a cruise vacation, your cruise fare entitles to you a cabin for sleeping and bathing, all the meals you need, entertainment, amenities and the promise of fun and exotic ports of calls.

You generally do not need to buy anything else on the ship, except in those cases where mandatory gratuity is added.  And even in such cases, you have the right to ask for an adjustment in what is charged.  See more information about mandatory gratuity here.

So, are you ready to book an all-inclusive family cruise?  I hope you will.  There are many cruise lines that offer cruises for the entire family.  Some popular ones are Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

My family of five has sailed all the above cruise lines, except Disney, and we enjoyed each cruise ship vacation.  I am certain that your family will do the same.

Go have fun!

Peter Grant
McDonough, GA


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