Cruise the Med with the Nerdy Traveler!

I’m really excited to be organizing a group cruise next May on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. This Oasis-class ship is due for a drydock and refurbishment in March 2020 and will have tons of new features added, as you can see in this video produced by the cruise line.

When booking opened for Allure’s summer sailings in the Mediterranean — roundtrip from Barcelona with stops in Spain, France, and Italy — I scooped up some cabins at the group pricing level, which offers a significant savings over the current pricing. For instance, the group’s interior cabin rate of $999 per person, including taxes and fees, saves over $300 per person over the current pricing from Royal Caribbean!

We also have some cabins available at the group pricing for the Central Park Balcony ($1242 per person) and Ocean View Balcony ($1412 per person). If these prices aren’t enough to tempt you, we’ll also be planning some fun group activities and excursions, which you’d be invited to participate in if you’re part of our group. (You don’t have to if you don’t want to, of course…but as I wrote in a previous post, group cruises are great for a lot of reasons.)

You can contact me at if you’d like more info or to book one of these cabins. I hope you’ll join us!

Why you should go on a group cruise

I’ve recently returned from an awesome week in the Caribbean (one might say it’s the BEST WEEK EVER) with the yearly Team Cocktail cruise. While the hubby and I love to travel solo, it’s also fun to join up with groups on cruises, and here are a few reasons why.

This particular cruise is now in its (*counts on fingers and toes*) 13th year, and about half of this year’s group were returning members. I only get to see a lot of these folks once a year, but we always pick up right where we left off. We also had almost 50 new members this year, so a group cruise is a great way to meet new people.

Group cruises have a lot of different themes – there are cruises for fans of Star Trek and fans of the workout-dance craze Zumba, for example. Music cruises have become quite popular and cover a range from boy bands (New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys) to heavy metal (Kiss, Monsters of Rock). (I haven’t been on a music cruise yet, but it’s definitely on my bucket list!)

Although I love planning adventures and excursions, occasionally it’s nice to let someone else do the work! On our Team Cocktail cruise, there were planned excursions in most of our ports – you could choose to participate or not, but mostly it was nice to just show up and have a great time on a beach somewhere.

If you’re thinking that group cruises are only for extroverts who like big groups of people, think again – even on a cruise called “Team Cocktail,” we still had some folks who liked to relax and take it easy, along with the folks who liked to enjoy a cocktail or two. With a group cruise, you can drift in and out of the group as you want to – no questions asked.

If you’re interested in finding out how you can join the Team Cocktail Cruise in 2019, you can click here to learn more!