So, you’re thinking of booking a party cruise? Cruise parties are a great way to celebrate a special occasion or big milestone, but they can also seem daunting to book. The reality is they can be effortless. That’s why we have decided to put together a list of 7 thing’s you should consider before booking your next party cruise. Each should help you with your planning and provide a little ease and relaxation in the booking process.
1. The sooner you book, the better
Especially important over the summer season, booking your party cruise in advanced is essential. When the sun is shining, and the end of the year is looming our party cruise dates book up quickly – they’re especially popular with those in the market for a fun corporate Christmas party! Luckily for our guests, we have a great online booking system that let’s you easily see our availability months in advance.
2. How to get the best deal
Our rates are especially competitive in the Auckland cruise market, but we also offer some fantastic cruise package deals that provide incredible savings. Our cruise packages start from $2,575 and include catering or canapes, free drink for each guest, some offer entertainment, and all offer 3 hours of cruising for 30 people. That’s only $85 per person which works out as $28 per hour (per person). We’d say that’s fantastic value, would you? You can also choose to join our newsletter mailing list, that often contains exclusive discount codes and offers for subscribers. We only send one newsletter per month – so you don’t need to worry about lot’s of spam.
3. What do I wear?
This is the question we hear most often. First, dress for the season. Cruises often have a minimum duration, for ours that’s 3 hours. If you are setting off at the beginning of a sunny evening that usually cools down after sunset, we recommend bringing an extra layer to keep warm as you move into dusk. If you are attending the event of a friend, family member or college, they may have strict dress-code instructions. Always make sure to check with your event organiser before selecting your outfit. Likewise, if you are the event planner, be sure to make it clear to your guests. For us however, pretty much anything goes, shorts, sandals and tank tops are all welcome onboard. Swimwear is also ok if you are attending one of our water sports cruises – just be sure to bring your own towels!
4. Can I bring my own food and beverages?
It is always important not to presume that you can bring your own food and beverages onboard your party cruise. At Ocean Groove Cruises, we are happy for you to bring your own food, but BYO alcohol and beverages is prohibited. Fortunately, we offer a fully licensed cocktail bar stocked with all your favourites. We are also happy to order bar stock on request, so if your favourite item isn’t on our drink list, we will be happy to stock up for your cruise. Just let us know when you book. For those bringing their own food, you can also choose to use our on-board BBQ facilities for an additional cost of $100. Please be aware that if you choose this option you are responsible for cooking your food and serving your guests. You will also need to bring your own cutlery, plates and serving utensils.
5. Carry some cash
Out on the open water, signals can often be interrupted. Although most cruise providers, including ourselves, offer eftpos payments on-board. There is an increased possibility that the signal may often not be strong enough to accept card payments. To prevent this affecting your otherwise incredible experience, we recommend bringing some cash onboard with you for drinks or additional bar snacks. Alternatively, you can opt to purchase a bar tab in advanced to prevent the need for either card or cards!
6. Have a bad weather contingency plan
Even the most organised event planner has no control over the weather and while most of us dream of clear blue skies and sun-soaked photographs that is unfortunately not always guaranteed. No matter the season. It is important when planning a boat party, that you discuss your bad weather contingency plan with the operations manager. With wparty cruises, safety comes first, and adverse weather conditions can prevent your party from leaving the marina. Fortunately, most private charters are docked in beautiful marina settings, which still offer you and your guests a magical experience – Bad weather certainly does not mean a bad party.
7. Ways to prevent motion sickness?
If you are prone to motion sickness, a cruise can often leave you feeling miserable or uncomfortable. According to health navigator Preventing motion sickness before it occurs is more effective than treating the symptoms after they have occurred. By learning to identify those situations that may lead to motion sickness, you may be able to implement a few strategies to prevent or minimise the symptoms. For their tips, head over to their website here.
We also hear that herbal remedies like ginger tea, chews or candies can help but ultimately if you suffer from motion sickness, chances are you are the best person to decide on your strategies for reducing it on-board.